Demi Lovato has gone from "Barney" to bonafide pop star. Along the way, though, there's been more than a few questionable tabloid stories. Gossip Cop is taking a look back at five wrong rumors from the past 15 months.
In March of 2017, HollywoodLife fueled speculation that Lovato was engaged to Guilherme Vasconcelos because she was wearing a "massive sparkler." But after setting up that premise, the site started to back away from the idea of an engagement, before writing, "That's not to say that Guilherme didn't gift his girl with the bling. Maybe it was a present from him?! A promise ring, perhaps?" Gossip Cop pointed out that the blog didn't bother to fact-check, because if it had, it would've learned just as we did that Lovato was neither engaged nor wearing a "gift" from Vasconcelos. Her ring had nothing to do with him at all. And not only did they split a few months later, but when March 2018 came along, we noted that a full year had passed since the engagement story and Lovato was still not engaged. Of course, the website has still yet to issue a correction.
Last July, MediaTakeOut alleged Lovato was in a relationship with French Montana. The online publication, which has earned the nickname MediaFakeOut for often peddling fake claims, maintained "French announced on Twitter" that he was dating Lovato. But as Gossip Cop explained, he never made any such announcement at all. Here's what really happened: Montana made an Instagram post in which he promoted Lovato's latest song and his own new album. In jest, he referred to the songstress as his "baby mama," and she jokingly replied, "MY BABY DADDY IS THE BEST!!! Thank you boo!!!!!" This was a light-hearted exchange between pals, not evidence of an actual romance. In fact, a number of famous faces were using social media to promote Lovato's single, including Nick Jonas, who posted about the song on Twitter. Additionally, we checked in with a Lovato source, who exclusively told us it was "absolutely not true" she was dating Montana, and that they just have a "funny banter." Indeed, the stars never actually became a couple.
More recently, this past February, sister outlets Star and OK! both claimed in suspiciously similar stories that Lovato was dating, or at least flirting with, Jesse Williams, who appears in her music video for "Tell Me You Love Me." The magazines each featured quotes that were worded slightly differently and attributed to either an anonymous "source" or an equally untraceable "insider." In both cases, it was alleged a romance was blossoming between the singer and the actor. What was even stranger was that one of the stories was titled "Sparks On Set," but the article was published more than two months after the "Tell Me You Love Me" music video premiered. All of this made Gossip Cop highly skeptical, and our doubts were confirmed when a Williams friend told us the claims of a budding relationship were "all not true."
By April, OK! had ditched that narrative to contend Lovato was back together with Wilmer Valderrama and planning to marry him. The tabloid launched a "wedding countdown" for the former couple, claiming they were "thinking of walking down the aisle within the next year." The magazine said they wanted to have a "private" wedding, which made it hard to believe someone close to them was leaking such personal details to the gossip media. And on top of a rep for the performer denying the report was true, Gossip Cop noted that her own mom Dianna De La Garza had already said that although she likes Valderrama with Lovato, they hadn't actually rekindled a romance. She admitted, "I don't know anything about a timeline or even if it's going to happen." Instead, she deemed the exes "amazing friends," and added, "And hopefully one day it'll be more than that." So far, that day has yet to come.
Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago OK! stopped focusing on Lovato's personal life to start manufacturing stories about her professional one. The outlet claimed that in the wake of collaborating on the song "Fall In Line," she and Christina Aguilera had become rivals. It was specifically alleged they were clashing before their big Billboard Music Awards performance, to the point where it was a "miracle they both turned up." But this "duetting divas" storyline was provably bogus. As Gossip Cop highlighted, leading up to the awards show both singers gushed about the other on social media, and that continued afterwards as well. Lovato even shared video on Instagram of them holding hands, with the caption, "Love you @xtina ps. I'm not crying, you are." Aguilera's rep also commented on the false feud claim, telling us, "This is so sexist. Two women can't work together without making it a power struggle?"
Or how about: A celebrity can't be famous without the tabloids making up stories about them? Apparently not. Lovato may have chosen a life in the spotlight, but she didn't choose to be the center of wrong rumors. But as long as she is, Gossip Cop will continue to separate fact from fiction.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.