Demi Lovato Wasn't Sure if She'd Return to Music Following Her 2018 Overdose
"We didn’t know what was going to happen."
Demi Lovato has been speaking candidly about the terrifying time in her life following her overdose in late 2018.
She indicated that it stood for that period in her life when "everything hit the fan," and that the song itself represented the "vulnerability" of what she was going through at the time.
"I also was really proud of the vocal and I thought, ‘I’ve never had a moment like this, you know, where I’ve sat down at a piano or that I’ve stood next to a piano and sang my heart out," she said of the track.
But more so than the song's representation of her feelings at the time, Lovato was concerned about whether or not she would even continue her music career following her overdose. Cohen asked if it was something she thought about during the terrifying ordeal.
"Absolutely," Lovato replied. "I think as time goes on, I’ll be able to give more information or more details and things like that, but just in a general, it was a general thought. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We didn’t know how healthy I’d be when I left, it was a scary time in my life for sure."
"Anyone" was an important moment for her overall, especially the emotional performance she belted out on the Grammys stage.
“I’ve never had one of those moments on an awards show, and I thought, ‘you know, if I ever come back from this’ — because I was still in the hospital and I didn’t know — and I thought, ‘if I ever come back from this, I end up going back to music and I’m on stage and I get a first performance, I want it to be at the Grammys and I want it to be this song.'"
Lovato's return to the Grammys was one that earned her a standing ovation during her performance. She took the stage clad in a flowing white gown, her dark hair flowing dramatically over her shoulders. She was overcome with emotion while performing, which appeared to strike a chord with the audience.
"Anyone" was recorded just days before her overdose, as Lovato originally related to Zane Lowe during an interview for Apple Music's Beats1 channel.
"I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help,” she said. “And you kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, ‘How did nobody listen to this song and think, ‘Let’s help this girl?'"