Demi Lovato Didn’t Think Her Comeback to Music Was Going to Happen Following Her Overdose

Demi Lovato’s comeback to music was nothing short of amazing, but it took a lot for her to build up the courage to perform again following her overdose in 2018.

The singer recently opened up about her well-awaited comeback and shared that though she’s happy to have taken the stage again, she wasn’t 100% sure her return to music would even happen succeeding that dark time in her life.

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato | John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Lovato’s overdose made her question her future in music

Although many of us couldn’t be happier that Lovato has made her comeback to music, the singer recently admitted that she was really close to not returning.

During an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy on Jan. 30, the songstress opened up about her Grammys performance and shared why she wasn’t sure of herself returning to the music industry.

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Andy Cohen and Demi Lovato | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM

“That song, [“Anyone”], I knew that it represented that period in my life when everything hit the fan,” she told Cohen. “I knew it represented everything I was going through, the vulnerability… I’ve never had a moment like this where I’ve sat down at a piano, or stood next to a piano, and sang my heart out. I thought, if I ever come back from this. I didn’t know. If I ever come back from this… I want it to be at the GRAMMYs and I want it to be this song.” 

Though “Anyone” was recorded just four days before her July 2018 overdose, Lovato went on to share that she wasn’t sure people would even get to hear her “cry for help.”

“Yeah, absolutely [I thought I might not return to music],” she continued. “It was a general [thought] though. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We didn’t know how healthy I would be when I left. It was a scary time in my life, for sure.”

While not coming back to music was hard for her to think about, Lovato eventually worked up the courage to perform on stage again and wowed everyone with her performance at the Grammys — which was a powerful ballad highlighting her struggles with addiction.

Lovato couldn’t be happier she made her comeback

Since her emotional Grammys performance, many people have been praising Lovato for embracing her vulnerability and being a voice for those experiencing the same struggles.

“I’m just really, really grateful that the response has been so awesome. I think people are able to hear that song for what it is, which is a very emotional plea for anyone else listening,” Lovato said. “I want to represent that for people, and showing them they can get through anything.”

Although she’s questioned her future in music, the singer couldn’t be happier that she’s back doing something she loves. So much so that she couldn’t contain her excitement — and nervousness —while talking about performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

“I’ve spent more time with that song, ‘Anyone.’ I’ve spent more time listening to it. I crafted it,” she confessed. “So when you put your heart and soul into something, it takes on a life of its own. Whereas the national anthem, if I mess up, everyone goes after you if you do.”

Though she’s nervous, Lovato can’t wait to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is something she predicting she’d do back in 2010.

“I’m not going to read the comments… but there’s so much pressure on the national anthem,” Lovato added. “I feel very excited, nervous, but also grateful. I can’t wait. It’s going to be so surreal.”