Demi Lovato turns 29 on August 20, 2022. What near-perfect timing to release her brand new album that contains a song titled “29.” However, this song is far from a birthday celebration!
Demi Lovato is planning to release her eighth studio album ‘HOLY FVCK’ on August 20, 2022. The album contained singles such as “SKIN OF MY TEETH” and “SUBSTANCE.” This is Demi’s follow-up project to her 2021 album ‘Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over.’
The song “29” is about Demi Lovato’s former relationship with the actor Wilmer Valderrama. The two celebrities met when Demi was 17 and Wilmer was 29. Wilmer, however, had waited until Demi turned 18 to date her. Coming a full circle, Demi is now turning 29 herself. And she realizes that the age gap between them, when they dated, was not natural. Releasing the song, Demi said “29 is a record about the wisdom that comes with age. 🖤”
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Demi Lovato “29” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the first verse of the song, Demi Lovato sings how she was a minor when things started heating up between her and Wilmer Valderrama. At the time of their meeting, Demi Lovato was merely 17 years old and Wilmer was 29 years old. Demi tries to recall if ‘consent’ even meant anything to her back in that age.
Demi was too young to even drink at the time, but she was able to date someone who was 12 years elder than her.
Far from innocent, what the fuck’s consent?
Numbers told you not to, but that didn’t stop you
The former couple did confirm that they waited until Demi turned 18 to get romantically involved. However, the above lyrics might be suggesting something different. Her age and the age gap between them would have been a no-go to many people, but it didn’t stop Wilmer.
Thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy
But was it yours or was it mine?
In the hook of the song, Demi Lovato says that now she is 29 years herself, she has a new perspective on the situation. Back then, Demi would have told herself that it was her teenage dream to date an older guy. But, now she wonders if it was her teenage dream or Wilmer’s fantasy to date younger girls.
The second verse starts with Demi admitting that she thought she wanted this relationship back then. Her upbringing, with childhood fame and daddy issues, paved her path right into his hands.
I see you’re quite the collector
Yeah, you’re twelve years her elder
The above lyrics are a shot at the current partner of Wilmer Valderrama, model Amanda Pacheco, who is also 12 years younger than Wilmer. They are engaged now and welcomed their first baby back in 2021.
Demi feels like she is seeing a pattern here. Wilmer and Amanda seem to be happy together. Demi says she knows better!
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