Demi Lovato's mother, Dianna De La Garza, has opened up about her daughter's overdose for the first time in a new interview with Newsmax TV, recounting the morning that she learned of the family emergency.
"It's still a really difficult thing to talk about. I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day," the 56-year-old mother admitted in the discussion, which was conducted with the star's blessing, before recounting the phone call she received from the singer's then assistant.
"I answered the phone and Kelsey was rambling like she had obviously been through something terrible, and she said, 'I need to tell you what’s going on … you’re going to see a report come out.' I stopped her and said, 'Kelsey, just tell me what's going on.' The next words that came out of her mouth were words … that are so difficult to hear as a parent," she recalled. "She said Demi overdosed. So I was in shock, I didn’t know what to say. It was something I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids. … I said, 'Is she OK?' And she stopped for a second and she said, 'She's conscious, but she's not talking.' I knew at that point that we were in trouble."
De La Garza shared the news with Lovato's sisters and immediately took to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. "We got there as quickly as we could," De La Garza said. "Dallas and Madison and I jumped out of the car at the emergency room and ran into the emergency room to be by her side. She just didn't look good—at all. She was in bad shape. But I said to her, 'Demi, I'm here. I love you.' And at that point she said back to me, 'I love you, too.'"
Later in the interview, De La Garza revealed that Lovato was in "critical condition" for a "couple of days," confessing that she didn't know for two days if she was going to make it or not. Thankfully, things have apparently turned around for the star. "I can honestly say today that she is doing really well. She's happy, she's healthy, she's working on her sobriety, and she's getting the help she needs. That in itself encourages me about her future and the future of our family," she confirmed.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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