'We didn't know if she was going to make it': Demi Lovato's mother opens up about daughter's overdose for the first time
Demi's mother, Diana De La Garza, recounted everything from the point she learned of the health crisis, to her current progress after moving to an inpatient facility
Nearly two months after Demi Lovato's tragic relapse and overdose, her mother - Diana De La Garza - has finally opened up on the harrowing experience the family went through right after they heard the news. Fans and followers know by now that the overdose was so scary that it left the 'Sober' singer fighting for her life back in July. Elaborating on the same, Diana - who had previously shared their family’s struggles in her memoir 'Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story' - recounted how she had first learned of the incident over a phone call from Demi's then assistant, Kelsey Kershner.
“She said, ‘Demi overdosed',” Diana shared in an interview with NewsMax TV on Tuesday. “I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear as a parent, about any of my kids. And I hesitated to ask, but I had to ask her — I remember it just seemed like the words took forever to come out of my mouth. I said, ‘Is she OK?'”
Demi surprised her mom Diana De La Garza at her book signing in LA. pic.twitter.com/dvxOYz3HJa— LOVATO HEART ♡ (@lovato_heart_d) March 9, 2018
Diana continued, “[Kershner] stopped for a second, and she said, ‘She’s conscious but she’s not talking’. And so I knew that we that we were in trouble.” The shock was too much for the mother of three, rendering her unable to drive to the hospital herself. Her eldest daughter, Dallas, drove her to Demi's room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“We got there as quickly as we could. Dallas, [daughter] Madison and I jumped out of the car and ran into the emergency room to be by her side and 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, ‘I love you too.’ So from that point on I never allowed myself to think that things wouldn’t be OK.”
Demi Lovato and Diana De La Garza during the Access Hollywood Interview. (December 9th) pic.twitter.com/4nrnQEzAk8— Demi News (@LovaticsForce) December 11, 2013
In the coming days, as Demi remained in critical condition, her mother relied on her faith, praying for her daughter. “We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.” And it wasn't just swift medical attention that Diana believes worked their miracles on Demi. It had much to do with “the millions of prayers that went up that day" too, according to her.
While the 26-year-old singer lay in the hospital for over a week, before being released on August 4 to enter an inpatient facility, her mother assured that she is doing much better. “I can honestly say today that she is doing really well. She’s happy, she’s healthy,” says Diana. “She’s working on her sobriety and she’s getting the help she needs, and that in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”
Demi - who rose to fame right from her days as a child star on Disney - has been open about her battles with depression, mental illnesses, and eating disorders in the past. Back in 2010, she had sought treatment to help with her bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and addiction. Sadly, she relapsed after exiting the center, following which she entered a sober living facility for a year. However, this year, in March, Demi celebrated six years of sobriety, but just three months later, she released her single 'Sober' where the lyrics allude to a relapse. Soon after, she came clean about her breach in sobriety, and just a month later, the overdose happened.
As peer sources confirmed to People magazine, Demi is now "doing good" and the journey of progress "is a long road."