Earlier this summer, singer and songwriter Demi Lovato was rushed to the hospital following an apparent overdose. Millions of Demi’s fans quickly expressed their well-wishes for the singer as they awaited more details— but for Demi’s mother, Dianna de la Garza, it was a terrifying and gut-wrenching experience.
“It’s still a really difficult thing to talk about,” Dianna said in an interview with Newsmax TV. “I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day.”
On the day of the incident, Demi’s mom began receiving texts from family and friends expressing their well-wishes for her daughter— but she had no idea what had happened until she later received a call from Demi’s assistant.
“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.”
She quickly grabbed Demi’s sisters, Dallas and Madison, and they drove to Cedars-Sanai Hosptial. “We got there as quickly as we could,” she 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.'”
Dianna says she relied heavily on her faith to believe that Demi would pull through— and she did.
As far as Demi’s condition today, Dianna says she’s focusing on her health and is doing 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 about the future of our family.”
Dianna says her eyes have been opened to the opioid crisis America faces.
“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…After this happened, I started researching and looking into how opioids are killing our kids,” she said. “It’s happening, I think, it’s every 15 minutes someone dies of an overdose. It’s not just the kids, either—it’s grown-ups. It’s mothers. It’s fathers.”
Our thoughts are with Demi as she focuses on her recovery.