Demi Lovato Defends Having a Heart Attack at Heart Disease Event

Demi Lovato certainly made the choice – and sang Heart Attack at a heart disease event.

The singer caused a stir on social media by performing her 2013 hit song at the American Heart Association’s annual event on Wednesday. While some attendees at the New York City event may have found the choice distasteful, Lovato explained herself.

“She’s talking about a mind-heart connection,” Lovato’s rep told Entertainment Weekly on Friday. “It was a sensitive moment meant to champion the women in the room – the main reason why Demi was on the show.”

The event, an annual concert for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, aims to celebrate its “commitment to investing in women’s heart health,” according to the association’s website. Entertainment Weekly reports Lovato promoted the event on social media on Thursday to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease.

The singer himself survived a heart attack in 2018 after a drug overdose.

“I actually don’t think people realize how bad it actually is,” Lovato said in the 2021 “Dancing With the Devil” documentary, according to EW. “I was hit three times. I had a heart attack. I suffered brain damage from a stroke. I can’t drive anymore.”

Lovato (left) appeared at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection event, Wednesday.Lovato (left) appeared at the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection event, Wednesday.

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“I have a blind spot in my vision so sometimes when I go to pour a glass of water, I completely miss the cup because I can’t see it,” the singer continued. “I’m very lucky to be alive.”

Sources told TMZ that the heart association supported and encouraged Lovato’s performance of the song.

However, Lovato’s song choices were polarizing for some fans.

“He didn’t think this through,” wrote one user on ?”

Heart Attack reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013 and went platinum five times.

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