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Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Warning: Wrenching, raw docuseries is full of triggers.

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Watching Lovato and their sisters, parents, friends, and staff talk about their experiences with the pop star's addiction and how they supported Lovato is deeply affecting. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil is a tough watch even beyond the singer's addiction and overdose -- your heart will ache for Lovato as they remember their father, who was abusive to their mother and an addict himself, then died alone. Lovato has battled eating disorders since they were a small child in pageants, then struggled to maintain their image as a Disney Channel star. They recount sexual abuse both as a teen and the night of their overdose.

This is tough stuff that's valuable as a stark reminder that the Instagram version of a pop star's life isn't necessarily telling the full story. The overwhelming emotion of the first two episodes is grief -- of the parents who didn't see the signs Lovato was struggling, of the siblings who feared they would lose their sibling, of the friends who have nagging regrets about their interactions with the pop star. Lovato expresses abundant gratitude to their doctors, family, and others who support them -- and for the time that the COVID-19 pandemic allowed them to process their experiences. Viewers will be grateful that Lovato shared their story and hope that they're on a healthier path.

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