Raising Awareness with Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil Documentary

Arielle Allen, Journalist

Demi Lovato is a songwriter, singer, and actress. Lovato first started her acting career with the series Barney & Friends in 2002, and years later became known for her role in Disney’s Camp Rock Movie Series. Shortly after, Lovato started her singing career, and went on to win sixty-one (and counting) awards for her work. In March 2021, Lovato released her second documentary on Youtube called Dancing With the Devil which is a follow up from her 2017 Documentary Simply Complicated.

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Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”

— Demi Lovato


The new four part series includes sensitive subject matters that talk about assault, drug addiction, and heartbreak that went on in Lovato’s life. In the documentary, Lovato shares the experience as an overdose nearly took her life back in 2018.

According to the New York Times, “Her overdose came after six years of sobriety, during which Lovato felt increasingly hemmed in by the measures her longtime managers took to help her stay on track. It caused three strokes, a heart attack, and organ failure. She had pneumonia from asphyxiating on her vomit; she suffered brain damage from the strokes, and has lasting vision problems. (She can no longer drive and described the lingering effects as resembling sunspots.)”

By experiencing such a traumatic life-changing event, it caused Lovato to have a new sense of purpose. 

Since the new documentary aired, there has been an outpouring of love and support from Lovato’s family and friends, including different artists from the music industry. After the documentary series aired, Lovato released her new studio album called “Dancing With the Devil…the Art of Starting Over” which addresses new topics Lovato hasn’t talked about before. Lovato expresses authenticity and the importance of it in her documentary, but it is also proven in her music.

Demi Lovato’s self-portrait (The New York Times)

According to Entertainment Weekly, it speaks, “Of her willingness to go there in her art, she tells EW, ‘If I’m painting a picture as an artist, telling my truth is so important to me. I don’t censor my substance use in ‘Dancing With the Devil.’ I don’t hold back from that, so I don’t want to hold back from any other place in my authenticity, you know? While I desperately hope that it doesn’t trigger anybody, I also know how important it is for people that are going through those things to have an outlet to be able to listen to. I want to make sure that people know that I’m not glamorizing anything. That’s the sad reality of how lonely it can be when you’re in that position.'”

Lovato’s album is for people to realize there are others that go through the same situation, and no one person is alone. The documentary is available on Youtube, as well as streaming her album on all platforms.