WASHIGNTON (Circa) - Demi Lovato's mother Dianna De La Garza says she found out something was wrong with her daughter after many friends and colleagues sent her text messages reacting to a TMZ story they read.
“It’s still a really difficult thing to talk about. I literally start to shake a little bit when I start to remember what happened that day,” she said. “I was actually looking at my phone and all these texts started coming in.”
De La Garza spoke to Newsmax TV as part of a promotional tour for her new book "Falling with Wings."
“I got a phone call from Demi’s assistant at the time, Kelsey...I answered the phone and Kelsey was rambling like she had obviously been through something terrible, and she said, ‘I need to tell you what’s going on. You’re going to see a report come out.’ I stopped her and said, ‘Kelsey, just tell me what’s going on.’ The next words that came out of her mouth are words that are so difficult to hear as a parent,” De La Garza said.
Lovato's mother continued, “she said Demi overdosed. So I was in shock, I didn’t know what to say. It was something I never, ever expected to hear as a parent about any of my kids. And I hesitated to ask.....I said, ‘Is she okay?’ And she stopped for a second and she said, ‘She’s conscious, but she’s not talking.’ I knew at that point that we were in trouble.”
De La Garza couldn't drive after she heard the news so luckily her other daughter took the wheel. As soon as Lovato's mother arrived in the emergency room, she knew her daughter was in trouble. She recalled telling the musician, "Demi, I’m here. I love you." After she told Lovato this, she made sure she never thought anything else negative about the situation.
“I was very concerned, and I was trying to be strong for her and for her sisters and for my family back home," De La Garza said. "I just feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day when everybody found out what was happening."
Lovato's mother, who spoke about the situation with Lovato's permission, says that her daughter was in critical condition for a couple of days but that she's now doing very well and working on her sobriety.
De La Garza believes Lovato's situation helped her become an “accidental spokeswoman” on the effects of the opioid crisis in the United States.