Demi Lovato released “29” today (August 17.) After fans speculated online in previous weeks, the song seems to be shading her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.
In a new interview, Lovato said about the song, “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. And I’m very careful with the way that I answer these questions because I feel like the song says it all. I don’t have to say too much, to be honest, but turning 29 was a huge eye opener for me.”
The song begins with lyrics, “Petal on the vine, too young to drink wine / Just five years a bleeder, 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 met the That 70s Show star when she was 17 and he was 29. They dated for six years from 2010-2016. In her 2017 documentary Simply Complicated, Lovato said she went to his house for a PSA about census forms because 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 singer added in her interview, “And then, going into treatment and having realizations led to my transformation, my release of the emotion that was put into this song. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a ton of anxiety about putting out this song. I just said, ‘I have to go for this. I have to own my truth.'”
She continued, “I do still walk that line very finely. I’ve learned that sometimes saying less is more. And it’s taken me to 30 years old to maybe learn that, but here I am approaching the way that I express myself differently in front of the media because it’s okay to have boundaries.”
Demi Lovato’s HOLY FVCK album comes out this Friday (August 19). See what fans think of “29” below: