Demi Lovato's Dating History Is Full Of A-Listers & Old Friends
Demi Lovato has decided to give her heart a break, and I'm all for it. On Jan. 15 —less than a month after ending her relationship with model Austin Wilson — the pop star announced she would be performing at the 2020 Grammys, held on Sunday, Jan. 26. Demi Lovato's dating history has had lots of ups-and-downs, but one thing has remained consistent through it all: She never allows anything to get her down for long. (Lovato has a number of rumored romances; Elite Daily reached out to reps for Lovato and each of her past potential flames for comment and did not hear back in time for publication.)
While I was admittedly pretty into Lovato and Wilson together, nothing makes me happier than to see Lovato flourishing on her own and getting back on stage. She even got a new tattoo at the end of 2019 to celebrate how far she's come and how much she's grown over the past decade. The singer has had her fair share of relationships — some lasting just a few dates, and some spanning over several years — and in case you forgot, here are the people who've been lucky enough to romance Lovato over the years.
Cody Linley, 2008
Cody Linley (whom you might recognize as Miley's love interest Jake Ryan from Hannah Montana) briefly dated Lovato while they were both starting off in Hollywood. He even opened up to Seventeen in December 2008 about taking Lovato on a disastrous date, during which his car broke down. "It was really the most up and down night of my life," he said. It's unclear how long these two dated or when they decided to go their separate ways.
Trace Cyrus, 2009
Lovato first became friends with former Metro Station guitarist Trace Cyrus through his sister, Miley. The two reportedly dated briefly, though when asked about the dating rumors by MTV News in June 2009, Lovato insisted she was single.
Despite Lovato's protests, Cyrus told People a month later that he and Lovato had decided to break up due to their age difference and traveling schedules. "Maybe when she's older and we've both matured, we'll be looking for the same thing and it can work out," he said, though the two reportedly never gave their romance another shot.
Joe Jonas, 2010
After starring alongside each other in 2008's Camp Rock, as well as 2010's Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Lovato and Joe Jonas gradually transitioned from friends to more-than-friends. Their relationship was rumored for a while, but Lovato finally confirmed their status during an interview with Access Hollywood in March 2010. "He is my best friend and he is incredible," she gushed.
In May 2010, Jonas released a statement to Us Weekly announcing that he and Lovato had split. "I realize over the time we have shared together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now," he explained. "It was my choice to break up, but I love her as a friend." Years later, after Jonas announced his engagement to Sophie Turner on Instagram in October 2017, Lovato supported him with a sweet comment, saying, "HUGE CONGRATS. Sooooo happy for the both of you!"
Wilmer Valderrama, 2010-2016
Lovato first met That '70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama in January 2010 while shooting a PSA for Voto Latino. Since Lovato was only 17 at the time (and Valderrama was 29), the two didn't start dating until she turned 18 in August 2010. Nearly six years later, Lovato took to Twitter in June 2016 to announce that she and Valderrama were calling it quits. "This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us," she tweeted, "but we have realized more than anything that we are better as friends. We will always be supportive of one another."
In her 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated, Lovato confessed that she wasn't sure she could move on from Valderrama. "Like, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to meet anybody that compares to him," she said, "but I'm trying to keep an open heart and open mind when it comes to that." When Valderrama proposed to his girlfriend Amanda Pacheco in January 2020, a source told E! News that Lovato was happy for her ex. "She's happy for Wilmer if he's happy," the source claimed. "She always wants the best for him in life and is glad he has found love."
Odell Beckham Jr., 2016
After ending her six-year relationship with Wilmer Valderrama, Lovato and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly went on a few dates. Page Six claimed the two were spotted on a dinner date in July 2016, and a source for E! News said that Odell was the one to ask out Lovato.
"Odell is aware that Demi broke up with her long-term boyfriend not long ago but he really digs her," the source said. "They are just hanging out now and it all is very fresh. Odell is aware that he may be a rebound, but he is OK with just chilling and getting to know her." However, little more was reported about the budding relationship, and the rumors fizzled out.
Luke Rockhold, 2016
Lovato started casually seeing former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in August 2016. The couple reportedly met while training at an MMA gym in LA, and not long after, the two posted separate pictures of matching smiley-face tattoos they had gotten on their fingers. "They like each other, but they're not exclusive," a source told People. "They're both open to dating other people."
A few months later, People reported that the two were no longer an item. "Demi and Luke broke up before Christmas," a source told the magazine. "It wasn't anything dramatic. The relationship just wasn't heading where she wanted it to go. Luke was really cool about it, and they were on the same page."
Guilherme Vasconcelos, 2017
Lovato and MMA fighter Guilherme "Bomba" Vasconcelos were rumored to have had a brief fling in July 2016 before she started hanging out with Luke Rockhold, but they didn't start dating until after she officially broke up with Rockhold in December. In January 2017, Vasconcelos and Lovato spent New Year's Eve together and later posted pictures from the night on Instagram. She even sparked engagement rumors when she posted a selfie in March showing off a diamond ring.
However, four months after becoming Insta official, the two decided to go their separate ways that May. According to a source for People, the breakup was amicable. "It wasn't a dramatic split," the source claimed. "Bomba is a good guy, but the relationship just ran its course."
Lauren Abedini, 2017
In September 2017, Lovato was spotted in Disneyland holding hands with DJ and producer Lauren Abedini, who may be better known by her moniker, KITTENS. Rumors immediately began flying that Abedini was Lovato's new GF, especially since Lovato opened up about her fluid sexuality in her documentary, Simply Complicated.
After Lovato released her sixth studio album, Tell Me You Love Me, Abedini raved about the song "Lonely" in her Instagram Story, saying, "This song slays my whole damn life. Proud of you @ddlovato this whole album is f*cking incredible." But just a month later during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Lovato confirmed she was single and not interested in a serious relationship for the moment.
Henry Levy, 2018-2019
After several months of dating rumors, clothing designer Henry Levy and Lovato seemingly made themselves Insta official in December 2018 when Levy uploaded a video to his private Instagram Story, which showed him and Lovato sharing a kiss on a plane. According to Entertainment Tonight, the two met in rehab several years ago, lost touch, then reconnected. Levy reportedly helped Lovato to stay sober following her July 2018 overdose.
Mike Johnson, 2019
Lovato not-so-subtly crushed on Bachelorette contestant Mike Johnson all throughout Hannah Brown's season, making her affection for the reality TV star known through social media. ("Mike, I accept your rose.") It wasn't until September 2019, however, that Johnson reciprocated with a flirty comment on Lovato's bikini Instagram pic.
Soon after, the two reportedly went on a few dates, and when asked about their relationship status on the podcast Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali, Johnson said, "My status of the relationship with Demi and I are that we are two people exploring each other." But just a month later, Johnson very publicly asked Keke Palmer out and a source claimed to People that Johnson and Lovato were "done."
Austin Wilson, 2019
Lovato and her longtime friend Austin Wilson made their relationship Insta official in November 2019, when Lovato posted a couple's mirror selfie with the caption, "My [heart]" with a red heart emoji, and Wilson posted the same picture with the caption, "My love."
Unfortunately, the two only lasted a month, with a source telling People, "She's concentrating on herself and her work right now, as well as focusing on her relationship with God." According to Just Jared, Lovato seemingly confirmed the split herself on social media when she replied to a fan who asked about the breakup rumors. "Please don't go after him," she wrote. "He's a good guy. Much better than what people see on the outside just because he's got a lot of tattoos." She also added, "Breakups are hard for both parties involved. Just stay nice and say prayers."
For the moment, it seems as though Lovato is more focused on her career than her love life, but no matter what her relationship status is, I just hope she keeps on moving forward to bigger and better things.