Demi Lovato is apparently shading her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama in her new song “29,” according to her fans online who have circulated snippets of the yet-to-be-released song.
The song, which is part of her upcoming Holy Fvck album, begins with the lines “Petal on the vine / Too young to drink wine / Just five years of bleeders / Student and a teacher / Far from innocent, what the f—‘s consent? / Numbers told you not to, but that didn’t stop you.”
The singer, who is 29, met the That 70s Show star when she was 17 and he was 29. The couple dated for six years from 2010-2016. In her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated, Lovato said, “When I first met Wilmer he was 29. I met him on January 11th of 2010, and it was at a PSA shoot at his house for the 2010 census forms.” She added that the only reason she agreed to do the PSA was because she heard it was at his house and thought he was “really cute.”
“I didn’t really care about the census forms, but when I met him and I laid eyes on him for the first time, I was in hair and makeup and he came in and sat down and I was like ‘I love this man’ and ‘I have to have him.’ But I was only 17, so he was like, ‘Get away from me,'” she said, while making a cross with her fingers.” After I turned 18, we began dating. I think it was love at first sight and I don’t really believe in that, but I believe that it happened.”
The song’s chorus continues: “Finally 29 / Funny, just like you were you at the time / Thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy / But was it yours or was it mine? / 17, 29.”
A TikTok by @demi_artistry went viral with the leaked song, showing photos of the former couple, with fans leaving their thoughts on Demi’s lyrics.
“It takes people awhile to accept traumatic events,” one commenter wrote while another said “Oh this is gonna hit my childhood trauma.”
A third wrote, “YES. It’s about time these men be CALLED OUT.”
Even more fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Valderrama.
Demi was a 17 year old girl dealing with drug addiction and mental health issues, and wilmer Valderrama was a 30 year old grown man who took advantage of that to groom and manipulate them. He made Demi create an emotional dependency on him and they struggled w that for YEARS— Devonne 🩸 (@demifcknlovato) July 28, 2022
i love how “29” can be a reference to demi’s relationship with wilmer, but the title also could contain a close with their 20s, furthermore, their past, as they turn 30 one day later, demi is a true artist— ємιℓу🐧 (@talktomypiano) July 28, 2022
I’m glad Demi made a song realizing that Wilmer (29) and Demi (17 years old) dating, even tho it’s what she wanted, was wrong and disturbing. She thought it was her teenage dream, but Wilmer was always sick for even entertaining a 17 year old and went public when she turned 18— cri§tian (@dovesinthetrap) July 28, 2022
After the Encanto voice actor, 42, announced his engagement to model Amanda Pacheco in 2020, Lovato wished her ex the best, telling Harper’s Bazaar, “I’m really happy for him and I wish him nothing but the best, but we’re not in each other’s lives, haven’t spoken in a long time. But I think I needed that because I needed to learn to be OK on my own. When you get into a relationship with somebody at that young of an age and then you spend six years with somebody, you don’t really get to learn about yourself.”
Valderrama is still engaged to Pacheco, 30 and they share baby daughter Nakano together. Lovato was briefly engaged to actor Max Ehrich, 31, in 2020.