Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Famous Age-Gap Couple: Demi Lovato (17) & Wilmer Valderrama (29) | Teen Love at First Sight

Deirdre Simonds reported for the Daily Mail that: "[...] Demi Lovato shades ex Wilmer Valderrama over their 12-year age gap - and fact she was only 17 when they started dating [...] "

In the song, which is on Lovato's Holy Fvck, she reminds the listener that Valderrama was 29 and she was, thereby, 17 when their age-gap affair, "teenage dream", and "fantasy" began.

'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?' 

Subsequent lyrics raises some questions. For example, is Lovato implying that she was "Far from innocent" or Valderrama? And by asking "what the f**k's consent?", is she implying that her age-gap relationship with Valderrama was not consensual? But she did make it clear that Valderrama was not able to resist the allure of a nymphet.

'Just five years of bleeders, student and a teacher / Far from innocent / what the f**k's consent? / Numbers told you not to / but that didn't stop you' 

Wilmer Valderrama (29) & Demi Lovato (18) | 2011

However, in Lovato's documentary Simply Complicated that premiered approximately five years ago in 2017, she shared that after seeing 29-year-old Valderrama for the first time, she confessed, "I love this man [...] I have to have him!". 

“[When] 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.'” 

And in the lyrics of the song (Numbers told you not to / but that didn't stop you'), Lovato implied that Valderrama did not wait until she turned 18, but in the documentary, she related that he did wait.

“But I was only 17, so he was like, ‘Get away from me.’

“After I turned 18, we began dating,” she continued. “I think it was love at first sight, and I don’t really believe in that, but I believe that it happened.”

Despite Lovato's seeming contradictions, which are seemingly found in most age-gap memoirs, the famous age-gap relationship lasted six years. #confused

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