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Demi Lovato Seems to Slam Ex Wilmer Valderrama on New Song ’29’

Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar PartyPhoto by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

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Former X Factor USA judge Demi Lovato has released a new single called “29,” off her upcoming new album Holy Fvck. The song seems to be a huge slam to Lovato’s ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama regarding their age gap.


Demi Lovato Releases Honest New Song ’29’

“Petal on the vine / Too young to drink wine / Just five years a bleeder / Student and a teacher,” Lovato sings to open the new track. “Far from innocent / What the f*ck’s consent? / Numbers told you not to / But that didn’t stop you.”

In the chorus, Lovato sings about being “finally 29,” just like the subject of the song was when they were together. The singer goes on to compare their ages at the time, 17 and 29. Later in the song, they mention that this person is now with someone else who is 12 years younger.

Toward the end of the song, Lovato once again mentions that she is now 29, and “17 would never cross my mind.” The singer will actually turn 30 on August 20. Ironically enough, she’s hitting this milestone one day after her new album drops.


All signs point to the song being about Lovato’s ex Wilmer Valderrama, whom they dated on and off between 2010 and 2016. Valderrama is now engaged to Amanda Pacheco. Pacheco is currently 31 to Valderrama’s 42. The couple welcomed a baby daughter last year.

SEE ALSO: DEMI LOVATO TALKS ABOUT ‘RADICAL ACCEPTANCE’ IN THEIR SOBRIETY

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Lovato Isn’t Mentioning Valderrama By Name

In her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated, Lovato shared that she met Valderrama (who is best known for his role on That ’70s Show) when she was 17. Within the documentary she clarified that they they didn’t start dating until she turned 18. She called it “love at first sight.”


Although the inspiration behind Lovato’s new song may seem obvious to fans, Lovato isn’t naming names. In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the singer said they had “a ton of anxiety” about releasing the new track, but they decided to “own my truth.”

“When I turned 29, I remember I was on vacation and I just realized I’m 29 now, and it put things into perspective. It put everything into perspective,” Lovato explained. “And I’m very careful with the way that I answer these questions because I feel like the song says it all.”

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