Demi Lovato’s mother Dianna De La Garza has opened up about her daughter’s drug overdose for the first time.
The Confident singer was rushed to hospital in July (18) after being found unresponsive in her Hollywood Hills home, and has since checked into a rehabilitation facility to help her regain sobriety.
Speaking with Newsmax TV on Tuesday (18Sep18) with Demi’s permission, Dianna recalled the terrifying moment she learned of her daughter’s overdose and revealed that the songstress was in a “critical condition” for two days.
“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 shared. “I was actually looking at my phone and all these texts started coming in. I could see the first lines of messages saying things like, ‘I just heard the news, I’m so sorry, I’m praying for your family, I’m praying for Demi.’ I was in shock. I thought, ‘What is going on?’ My heart just dropped.”
Dianna then got a phone call from Demi’s assistant at the time, Kelsey, who “was rambling like she had obviously been through something terrible” and explained that a report was about to break detailing Demi’s overdose.
“I didn’t know what to say,” Dianna recounted. “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.”
Dianna and her daughters Dallas and Madison rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where Demi remained in a “critical condition” for two days. A flood of well wishes from the star’s friends and fans, including Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Ellen DeGeneres, quickly poured in, and Dianna is certain their words of support helped the family through.
“We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not,” she explained. “I was very concerned, and I was trying to be strong for her and for her sisters and for my family back home. I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day.”