By Joanne Rosa
Dianna de la Garza broke her silence on daughter Demi Lovato’s overdose over the summer. With Demi’s blessing, Dianna shared her personal experience of what no mother should have to go through in interview with Newsmax TV.
I never allowed myself to ever think that things weren’t going to be okay.
On July 24th, Demi was rushed to the hospital over an apparent drug overdose. After calling 911, Demi’s life was saved thanks to a friend who treated her with Narcan before the ambulance arrived. The next day, a spokesperson for Demi confirmed she was “awake and with her family,” which included her mother Dianna by her bedside every day.
“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,” Dianna confessed in her interview. “All of these texts started coming in. Just text after text after text and I thought, ‘What’s going on…’ my heart just dropped.” Dianna was with her eldest daughter Dallas at the time, who had no idea what her mother was seeing on her phone. Demi’s assistant at the time called Dianna, which was nothing out of the ordinary for Dallas. Given the circumstances, Dianna knew it was bad news. “Demi overdosed,” the frazzled assistant informed Dianna.
Unable to drive after the news, Dallas took over the driver’s seat and drove to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as quickly as she could. Demi “didn’t look good at all” when Dianna got to her bedside. She told her daughter, “Demi, I love you. I’m here,” to which Demi replied “I love you too.”
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Nearly two months after Demi’s terrifying overdose, Dianna revealed Demi’s doing “really well” today. “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 about the future of our family.”
Today, Dianna is fighting the opioid crisis in America, and shared a message to parents going through the same struggle as she did. “You don’t see it coming, and that’s the scary thing. The opioid crisis in America is at an epidemic level, and people don’t understand that until they start researching it… opioids are killing our kids… it’s not just the kids, either. It’s grown-ups. It’s mothers. It’s fathers.”