Demi Lovato is addressing the common misconception that "if people are using drugs or if they are dealing with an eating disorder or self-harm that they want to die".
The candid conversation came up on an episode of Diane Guerrero's podcast Yeah No, I'm Not Okay. The pop star explained it was quite the opposite for her as her addictions "stopped me from dying".
She said: "In the same way it almost killed me, it saved my life at times, because there were times that I dealt with suicidal ideations. And had I gone forward with that in that moment, instead of another destructive coping mechanism, I wouldn't be here to tell my story."
The interview comes as Demi shared the trailer for her docu-series Dancing With The Devil which will premiere on YouTube on 23 March.
In it speaks of her 2018 overdose that she revealed resulted in her having three strokes and a heart attack.
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