Lovato: People told Wilmer to leave me
Demi Lovato is thankful for Wilmer Valderrama standing by her when she relapsed.
The 22-year-old singer has been dating the 35-year-old actor on and off since she was 18. While many questioned the age gap, Demi admits Wilmer was the one who was encouraged to walk away from the relationship.
“We started dating when I turned 18...Right after that, I went to rehab. People told him, 'You should probably leave. She's on a spiral, and you're going to be sucked down with it.' But he was like, 'I'm not leaving. This is somebody I really care about,'" she told Cosmopolitan. "We relate on a lot of levels. I've seen a lot of s**t. S**t people don't know about."
Demi has been open about her struggles with bulimia, alcohol and drugs in the past. And whenever her resolve over her demons were weakening, she admits she pulled away from her beau.
“The only times we ever broke up were when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him," she confessed. “People say that relapses happen before you use. Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit. The times we'd broken up, I had already gone to that place of, Yeah, this is what's happening. I didn't realise it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself."
Thankfully Wilmer has never been afraid of supporting Demi through thick and thin. To make him even more perfect, Demi insists he’s not the jealous type either.
“Nick [Jonas] and Wilmer get along great—Joe [Jonas] and Wilmer too. It's weird,” she laughed. “In the beginning, I was like, 'Why the fuck are you friends with Joe?' He was like, 'He's a cool guy.' Yeah, I know. I dated him."
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