Demi Lovato Has Something To Say About DMX

Demi Lovato and DMX have both been open about their struggles with drug addiction, and Lovato has something to say after the rapper was rushed to the hospital on April 2, 2021 after suffering a heart attack following a reported drug overdose. A rep for DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, told TMZ 24 hours after he was taken to the hospital that he was in a "critical condition" and issued a statement about his worrying health emergency. "Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer," it read.

DMX has spoken publicly about his difficult times and why he turned to substance abuse, and so has Lovato. The latter got extremely candid about her addiction to drugs and her near-fatal July 2018 overdose in her 2021 YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, in which she revealed she was only minutes away from death. Lovato admitted in the episodes (via People) that, as a result of her overdose, she also experienced a heart attack and "three strokes," also confirming she'd "had pneumonia because I asphyxiated and multiple organ failure."

As someone who knows all too well the effects drugs can have on a person and how terrifying an overdose really is for an individual and their loved ones, Lovato got very candid about how hearing about DMX's alleged overdose affected her. Read on to find out what she has to say.

Demi Lovato was 'scared' by DMX's alleged overdose

Demi Lovato admitted during an April 2021 interview with TMZ Live that as soon as she heard about DMX's reported drug overdose, she was scared and knew how easily it could have been her. "Any time that I see somebody OD or even pass away in the public eye, I immediately think, 'That could have been you had you not been putting in all this work into the last couple of years of your life,'" she said.

Lovato also got candid about experiencing "survivor's guilt" following her 2018 overdose. "You do ask yourself, 'Why am I still here? Why are others not?' It's a challenging thing to get over but, ultimately, I had to realize that every day is a day that someone else doesn't get. Every day that I'm here on this earth is a day that I need to be counting my blessings for and just being appreciative and grateful for it." She added that recovering has also inspired her "to live the best life I can possibly live knowing that others didn't get the same chance."

We're wishing DMX a speedy recovery, and we're happy to hear Lovato now feels like she's on a much better path.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and mental health, please contact SAMHSA's 24-hour National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).