Demi Lovato reflects on overcoming ‘daddy issues’ after dating older men: ‘That’s gross’

Demi Lovato revealed she’s thriving in her relationship with boyfriend Jordan Lutes after working through her “daddy issues.”

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer — who previously dated Wilmer Valderrama despite their 13-year age gap — referred to her past relationships with older men as “gross” during Monday’s episode of SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show.”

“I can say with confidence that my daddy issues aren’t anything that are inside of me anymore,” the Disney Channel alum, 31, said.

“I think there’s a few signs to that. I’m with a partner that is my age, essentially. I look back on the past [of dating older men] and think ‘that’s gross.’”

Lovato also gushed about her “healthy” relationship with Lutes, 32, and her hope to one day tie the knot and have kids with the fellow musician.

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“I can say with confidence that my daddy issues aren’t anything that are inside of me anymore,” she said on “The Howard Stern Show.”

“There’s this partnership there that is just so magnetic, and the way that we laugh together. It’s just nonstop,” she explained.

“I think if you can find someone that makes you feel safe, that you’re so attracted to, that you laugh with constantly, that’s the formula of a really great relationship.”

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Lovato first connected with the Canadian artist, who co-wrote multiple songs on her “Holy Fvck” album, while working on new music last year.

“He came in to write on one of my sessions and I was in the studio and was immediately attracted to him. I like texted my friends on the side and was like, ‘He’s so hot!’” she said.

Demi Lovato
“I’m with a partner that is my age, essentially,” she added.
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Before her current romance, the songstress was involved with several older men, including Valderrama, whom she began dating in 2010.

Lovato was with the “That ’70s Show” alum, 43, on and off for six years.

The former couple met when the “Heart Attack” hitmaker was 17 years old, but they didn’t confirm their relationship until she was 18. At the time, the actor was 29.

Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato
The “Camp Rock” alum, who was previously with Wilmer Valderrama, also referred to dating older men as “gross.”

About six years after their breakup, Lovato released the song “29,” which fans speculated was about Valderrama.

While she never confirmed the rumors, she did warn other girls against dating older men.

“If you’re a young girl and you think that it’s sexy or fun to date older men, it’s not OK unless you’re of age,” Lovato said in an August 2022 episode of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast.

Demi Lovato and Jordan Lutes
Lovato added that she hopes to marry Lutes and have children one day.

“I think sometimes the public needs the truth, and that’s why I decided to release … [this] single,” she added. “I think the message is so important.”

In addition to Valderrama, Lovato was previously romantically linked to MMA fighters Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos and Luke Rockhold.

She was also engaged to Max Ehrich in July 2020, but the two called it quits just months later.

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