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Marie Louise McConville: Respect for US singer who has bravely spoken about the drugs overdose that almost killed her

US singer Demi Lovato has been speaking openly and honestly about the drug overdose that almost killed her in 2018
Marie Louise McConville

There's something refreshing about celebrities owning their mistakes.

More often than not these days we see some famous faces flouting the rules - because they think they are entitled to - and then trying to justify their actions.

The same cannot be said about US singer Demi Lovato, whose recent revelations about her drug use have left me with an increased respect for the performer.

The 28-year-old, who is well known for being a former Disney star, was taken hospital in Los Angeles in July 2018 after suffering an opioid overdose.

Now, more than two years-and-a-half years on, the Sorry, Not Sorry singer has revealed how close to death she came that day.

In a trailer for her new documentary, Dancing With The Devil, which is due to be broadcast next month, the singer reveals how she suffered three strokes, a heart attack and was just five to 10 minutes from dying as medics worked on her.

She has also been left with permanent brain damage as a result and is unable to drive due to blind spots in her vision.

What I noted about the singer was that she made no excuses, blamed no-one else and took full responsibility for her own life choices.

In the confessional style series, the singer said she "crossed a line that I had never crossed" and lives with the aftermath of her decision every day.

"I've dealt with the repercussions, and they're there to remind me what could happen if I get into a dark place again. I'm grateful for these reminders," she said.

"It's been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I'm ready to share my story with the world.

"I'm grateful that I was able to take this journey to face my past head-on and finally share it with the world."

I found it really admirable that this young woman found the bravery to open up about her frightening experience and especially take the full blame for what had happened.

She didn't blame society or those around her, she stood up and owned up to what she did.

I have to say, I was quite impressed and kids could do a lot worse in terms of a role model (drug issues aside).

I find it really sad that some young people today seem completely obsessed with so-called influencers - it's not a real job - who think it is perfectly acceptable to ignore the current pandemic to fly to the sun "for work".

Why on earth would any young people want to be like them?

Yet here we have Demi Lovato, a talented performer, who has fully owned up to her mistakes and is now working to turn her life around.

I know who I respect more.

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US actor Neil Patrick Harris has given his blessing to a reboot of the series that launched his career - Doogie Howser M.D.

More than 30 years after the now 47-year-old starred in the show, Disney has announced a gender-flipped remake, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.

Peyton Elizabeth Lee has been cast in the lead role, as a young girl who juggles her teenage years with her new medical career.

When asked about it, Neil Patrick Harris said: "I think setting it with a female protagonist is a great call" adding "....I can't wait to watch it".

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There was great TV news from the US this week after it was revealed that singer Michael Bolton and actress Zooey Deschanel are to team up for a new show - as matchmakers.

The 67-year-old performer and the 41-year-old New Girl star - best pairing ever - are set to host The Celebrity Dating Game.

Michael and Zooey will do their best to help famous singles find love on the new ABC show.

Reportedly, each episode will follow two celebrities who each pick one lucky suitor from a hidden panel of three bachelors and/or bachelorettes based on answers to a variety of questions.

However, the celebrities' identities will remain a mystery to their suitors, who will be given clues via hilarious parody song performed by host Michael Bolton.

Announcing the new project, Michael, whose hits include When a Man Loves a Woman' said he was so "excited" about the new show, with a kissy face emoji.

Zooey also wrote of her joy.

"So excited to announce that I'll be hosting #TheCelebrityDatingGame @mbsings!

"It's the classic dating game you know and love but with a modern spin! Michael and I will be matchmakers, setting up hopeful daters and surprise celebrity suitors."

This sounds like so much fun and I think that Michael and Zooey will make an amazing partnership.

Bring it on.

**Competitions will return in the coming weeks

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