Demi Lovato's latest single, "29," sparked viral excitement before its release on Wednesday.
Lovato shared a snippet of the song on TikTok earlier this month. Lovato's supporters turned the song into an anthem for older guys "grooming" teenage girls.
Fans think the song is about Lovato's ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, whom she dated from 2010 until 2016. Lovato was 17 when she met Valderrama, but they didn't date until she was 18.
In "Simply Complicated," Lovato says, "I was in hair and makeup when I met [Valderrama] and I was like, 'I adore his man and I have to have him.'"
He responded, "But you're only 17," "Escape! When I became 18, we started dating." Lovato says Valderrama helped her 2015 rehabilitation after three years sober.
"He still never takes credit after sharing my ups, bearing with my downs, and supporting my rehabilitation," Lovato wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post.
Lovato hasn't said whether "29" is about Valderrama. In 2020, Lovato said she'd lost touch with her ex, who was engaged to model Amanda Pacheco.
I'm really happy for him, and I wish him nothing but the best," Lovato said to Harper's Bazaar at the time, "but we're not in each other's lives, and we haven't spoken in a long time."
TikTok users are sharing stories about being groomed by older males and how they escaped unsafe circumstances.