Demi Lovato Says She “Felt Fooled” By Ex-Fiancé Max Ehrich and “Didn’t Actually Know the Person I Was Engaged To”
Demi Lovato is opening up about the breakdown of her whirlwind three-month engagement to soap opera actor Max Ehrich in the latest episode of her YouTube documentary, Dancing with the Devil.
Lovato and Ehrich first got together at the beginning of the pandemic and immediately began quarantining together. All that time in isolation quickly accelerated their relationship and, by July, the pair were engaged. But by September, they’d already called off the engagement with sources claiming that Lovato had discovered “Max’s intentions weren’t genuine…He got wrapped up in [Hollywood].” A feeling that was only further confirmed for her after fans resurfaced an old social media comment he left for Selena Gomez that said “MARRY ME NOW,” and another one to Ariana Grande calling her “my wife.”
In footage filmed a few days after the breakup, a composed Lovato explains, “So my life has kind of flipped upside down. I’m no longer engaged. I’m really sad that things ended the way that they did. Good news is, I haven’t picked up any hard drugs or anything like that. I’m hanging in there. Ugh. It’s just shitty.” Later that night, however, she returned to the camera in a much more emotional state, saying, “The video I made earlier wasn’t an accurate representation of what I’m going through. I thought this whole time that I didn’t miss him, I just miss the person that I started quarantining with. I don’t know how to give my heart to someone after this.”
But hindsight has made it clear to the pop star that she ultimately made the best decision for this stage in her life. In a testimonial, she reflects on her relationship with Ehrich, saying, “I think I rushed into something that I thought was what I was supposed to do. I realized as time went on that I didn’t actually know the person that I was engaged to. We were only together four or five months. And honestly, it was false advertising. The hardest part of the breakup was mourning the person that I thought he was. But I’m not the only one who felt fooled. I mean, I was just as shocked as the rest of the world at some of the things that were said and done.”
After their split, Ehrich turned to social media to beg Lovato to take him back, claiming that they never “officially ended” their relationship and he hadn’t spoken with her since learning about their breakup via the tabloids. He followed up those digital pleas by heading to the beach where he proposed where paparazzi captured him crying, beating his fists against the sand, and walking fully-clothed into the ocean. He also dropped his own single about his ex titled “Afraid” in October.
On the bright side, the end of her engagement also made her realize that she isn’t ready to settle down just yet as “There’s so much more of me that I have yet to explore.” She reveals, “One of the good things about this experience is that I’ve used this time to look within. I feel like I’m actually too queer to marry a man in my life right now. I’m not willing to put a label on it right this second, I think I will get there, but there’s a lot of things I have to do for myself first.”
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