From Britney Spears to Biggie Smalls and Brittany Murphy, celebrity-focused documentaries seem to be coming out left and right these days, but the latest has insights from the star herself: the Demi Lovato documentary "Dancing with the Devil" is a four-part YouTube Originals docuseries that will follow the singer-actress's life, career, and struggles over the course of three years, including her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018.
The series, which debuted March 16th, 2021 as one of the headlining titles of South by Southwest, is the third documentary from the former Disney Channel star. Her first film, "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong," which premiered on MTV in 2012, detailed Lovato's recovery after leaving rehab treatment and her return to the music industry following a career hiatus.
Her follow-up, 2017's "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated," delved into similar themes of mental health, body image, and self-acceptance, and was a bravely candid look into her previous drug use and romantic relationships. (Though "Demi Lovato: Stay Strong" is not presently available for streaming, the original version and director's cut of "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated" can currently be streamed for free on Lovato's YouTube channel, in case you want to catch up before "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" premieres.)
Lovato joins several of her fellow pop stars as the subject of her own tell-all YouTube doc. "Justin Bieber: Seasons" was released last year, diving into the Canadian singer's struggles with mental health and drug addiction; and "Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries" premiered in 2018, following the "34+35" singer as she made her Sweetener album and prepared for her Dangerous Woman tour.
Alongside the documentary premiere, Lovato is slated to release her seventh studio album, titled "Dancing with the Devil...the Art of Starting Over," on April 2nd, 2021 via Island Records. It will be her first album since 2017. A single off the album, "Dancing with the Devil," will be released on Friday, March 26th, the same week as the documentary of the same name will air.
How to watch the Demi Lovato documentary online
The frank, four-part series will be released across three weeks directly on Demi Lovato's YouTube channel (opens in new tab). Best of all? The full documentary will be free for all to watch online, so no streaming subscriptions like Netflix or Disney Plus needed here!
When is the Demi Lovato documentary release date?
The first two episodes of the four-part Demi Lovato documentary will be released on Tuesday, March 23rd. The subsequent episodes of the docuseries will premiere weekly thereafter, with episode three hitting on Tuesday, March 30th, and the final installment dropping on Tuesday, April 6th.
The release time for each episode will be 12pm Pacific Daylight Time (that's 3pm EDT and 7pm GMT).
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What will the Demi Lovato documentary reveal?
The official YouTube synopsis for "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil" reads: "Premiering March 23, Demi Lovato holds nothing back in this powerful four part documentary series exploring every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath."
It continues: "Director Michael D. Ratner is granted unprecedented access to the superstar's personal and musical journey during the most trying time of her life as she unearths her prior traumas and discovers the importance of her physical, emotional, and mental health. Far deeper than an inside look beyond the celebrity surface, this is an intimate portrait of addiction, and the process of healing and empowerment."
The series will reportedly include testimonials from Lovato's inner circle, her celebrity mentors like Christina Aguilera and Elton John, as well as Lovato herself. The film will "set the record straight" on Lovato's struggles with addiction and her journey with mental and physical health.
In the trailer for the YouTube series, Lovato reveals that she suffered three strokes and a heart attack as a result of her 2018 opioid overdose, and that doctors told her that she was only "five to ten minutes" from death. The raw series will also show how Lovato is moving on and getting healthy from the tumultuous events of the past few years.
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