Demi Lovato seemingly calls out her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama and their age gap in her new single, “29,” which dropped last week.
The song, which is from the singer’s new album Holy Fvck, mentions an age-gap romance that seemingly began when Lovato was just 17 and Wilmer was 29.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a ton of anxiety about putting out this song,” Lovato told Zane Lowe during an interview with Apple Music. “I just said, ‘I have to go for this. I have to own my truth.’ . Sometimes saying less is more.”
Lovato, who dated Wilmer between 2010 and 2016, hasn’t outright confirmed that Valderrama inspired the new single, but she is standing firm in her account of the events.
“I’m very careful with the way that I answer these questions because I feel like the song says it all,” the Disney Channel alum told Lowe during the interview. “I don’t have to say too much, to be honest.”
“Petal on the vine, too young to drink wine,” Lovato sings on the single. “Just five years a bleeder, student and teacher. Far from innocent, what the f-k’s consent? Numbers told you not to, but that didn’t stop you.”
Lovato also reflects about turning 29 on the song. “Finally 29, funny, just like you were at the time,” she sings. “Thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy. But was it yours or was it mine? 17 [and] 29.”
“Had me in your grip, went beautifully with all my daddy issues and this s-t continues,” she continues. “I see you’re quite the collector. Yeah, you’re 12 years her elder, maybe not it doesn’t matter, but I know f-king better.”
(Photo: Brandon Bowen)
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