Demi Lovato's '29' Become TikTok Anthem
Demi Lovato's latest single, "29," was released Wednesday, but even before the full song was out, it had already made quite a splash online.
Lovato, who uses she/her and they/them pronouns, initially shared a snippet of the track on her TikTok account earlier this month.
Soon enough, Lovato's fans connected deeply to the song's emotional lyrics and made it an anthem about older men “grooming” teenage girls.
Fans have speculated that the song is a swipe at Lovato's ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, the actor Lovato dated on and off from 2010 to 2016.
They met when Lovato was 17 and Valderrama was 29, but Lovato has said they didn't start dating until she was 18.
"Finally 29 / Funny, just like you were at the time / Thought it was a teenage dream, just a fantasy / But was it yours or was it mine? / 17 / 29," Lovato sings on the chorus of "29."
A TikTok account used audio of the song to create a video to pointed out the 12-year age gap between Lovato and Valderrama; it also highlighted several of Valderrama's other relationships.