the new album by Demi Lovato, Holy Fick, arrives on digital platforms only on Friday, the 19th, but one of the tracks is already making waves on social media: sung for the first time in a show on Sunday, the 14th, and not yet released, 29 went viral on Tik Tok as a message to actor Wilmer Valderrama, the singer’s ex-boyfriend. “Finally 29. Funny, the same age you were back then,” sings she, who turns 30 on the 20th, and was just 17 when the relationship began.
In the past, Demi used to defend the age difference between the two saying that the relationship was love at first sight. Now, the song brings the singer acknowledging, for the first time, that the relationship, which lasted five years on and off, was wrong from the beginning, when Wilmer, now 29, became involved with the then teenager. “Far from being innocent, what is consent anyway? The numbers told you it was wrong, but it didn’t stop you,” she sings in the first stanza. “I thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy. But was it yours or mine? she intones in a snippet of the chorus.
Sincere and blunt about the inspiration, the song is a personal outburst, but also a warning to younger girls who, thinking they are mature enough, end up involved in abusive relationships with older men. “He had me in his hands, it blended in perfectly with my father issues, and the shit goes on,” she narrates. “I see you are a collector. You are twelve years older than her. Maybe it doesn’t matter now, but I’m much more conscientious today,” she continues, referencing the twelve-year difference between Wilmer and his current wife, just a year older than Demi.
The topic, unsurprisingly, set Twitter on fire. On the social network, a series of threads emerged exposing the actor’s other relationships, including with Lindsay Lohan, who was 17 when he got involved with Wilmer, then 24. He, however, is not the only one. At the end of last year, Taylor Swift released a short film of All Too Well, a song about her relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, nine years her senior. “I’ve never been good at telling jokes, but here’s one: I’ll get old, but your girlfriends will stay my age,” she snaps.
With a pop rock vibe that recalls the beginning of his Disney career, Holy Fick should mark a turning point in the singer’s sonic identity, who has navigated through pop and R&B in recent years. The themes, however, should not deviate from the standard: in addition to 29, about the relationship with Wilmer, the first single, Skin of Teeth, recalls the 2018 overdose, which nearly took his life, and the battle with addiction. World Stage attraction at Rock In Rio on September 4th, Demi has two shows scheduled in São Paulo, on August 30th and 31st, and one in Belo Horizonte, on September 2nd.
Check out the song:
“Finally 29, funny, just like you were then. I thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy…”
— Portal Lovato???? (@portallovato) August 14, 2022