Two months after singer Demi Lovato reportedly overdosed, her mother Dianna De La Garza has spoken out for the first time.
“She said, ‘Demi overdosed,’” De La Garza recalled in an interview with NewsMax TV. “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?’”
De La Garza 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.”
She was so in shock from the news that she was unable to drive herself to the hospital and therefore enlisted her eldest daughter Dallas to take her to Lovato’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.”
As Lovato was held in critical condition, De La Garza relied on her faith to help her though. “We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”
De La Garza says that her daughter’s survival is thanks to the medical professionals as well as “the millions of prayers that went up that day.”
The singer remained in the hospital for more than a week before being released to a rehab facility.
“I can honestly say today that she is doing really well. She’s happy, she’s healthy,” says De La Garza. “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.”Image: Getty Images