While New Yorkers were busy doing deep breathing exercises just to work up the nerve to board the 6 train, LA became more LA at the hands of Demi Lovato. Following the successful release of her latest album and accompanying four-part docuseries, Lovato turned her attention to a manifestation of diet culture that she was affronted by—but much like the fat-free, sugar-free object of her criticism, her approach left Instagram users dissatisfied.
Her target was The Bigg Chill, a trendy frozen yogurt shop that probably wasn’t expecting to get sniped by a pop princess with 102 million Instagram followers. The standalone shop has been a mainstay in Los Angeles for 30 years, offering regular, fat-free, and dairy-free yogurt varieties as well as low-fat baked goods. But the Bigg Chill is more than a fro-yo shop; it’s an influencer stronghold. Popular TikToker-turned-influencer Tinx is a long time fan of the shop, as is Mia Khalifa.
It started when Demi stopped into The Bigg Chill for some yogurt on Sunday, but walked out empty handed and with a new hashtag in mind. Furious over the sugar-free cookies and other “diet foods” she saw, she took to Instagram to call out the shop, using the hashtag #DIETCULTUREVULTURES.
She wrote, “finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar-free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter. Do better please.”
Coincidentally, her sentiment mirrored my own Instagram story that day: “finding it extremely hard to ride the @MTA subway when you have to sit between discarded masks, unidentified spilled liquids, and chewed-up chicken bones. Do better please.” (The MTA has yet to respond.)
After Lovato sent her followers to dunk on The Bigg Chill, the froyo fans fought back. Both Tinx and Mia Khalifa voiced their support, and the WeHo influencers came out in droves to defend the yogurt shop. They reposted images in the shop’s uber-trendy pastel hoodies and videos in front of The Bigg Chill neon sign. They lifted their heads from their cryo chambers and raised their voices (but not their eyebrows—it takes seven days for the botox to settle).
The backlash might seem surprising, until you consider that froyo is a coveted vice of the LA influencer. In terms of high performing IG content, The Bigg Chill leads the charge—right behind Catch’s Hit Me dessert, which is just a photo opp with a consumption surcharge. To take down The Bigg Chill is to take down all of the hungry girls eating nature’s cereal while Instagramming throwback pasta photos from that one time at Jon & Vinny’s. Are Revolve’s top-performers prepared to lose the only dessert item that still fits in their grid? Not now, not ever!
In her Monday follow-up video, Demi apologized for the discourse and blessed us with the quote of the month: “I know that people struggle with fro-yo,” she admitted, going on to say, “I left that yogurt store and I didn’t get the yogurt that I wanted. And I had a hard time with it the whole weekend.”
Jameela Jamil later stepped in to defend Demi and praise her for raising awareness surrounding toxic food shaming and the prevalence of eating disorders. She’s right when she warns about the dangers at play here. Someone dies every 62 minutes as a direct result of an eating disorder. The vicious diet culture that women grapple with each day is real and extremely valid, but no one is changing the world by destroying a small yogurt shop that has literally one location. This specific issue affects virtually no one, except the small business slammed with one-star reviews after surviving a year of intermittent national shutdown. In the last few days alone, Google reviews show an onslaught of one-star reviews, some without words (and one using Lovato’s picture), and some directly pointing to the “diet culture” promoted by the shop.
Demi apologized for her delivery, but not before railing against the shop’s “guilt-free” labels, saying, “I won’t be gaslit by the media or anyone else that says otherwise.” But is it gaslighting? The Bigg Chill clarified that they offer dairy-free options to cater to vegans, and sugar-free options to cater to those with dietary restrictions or conditions like diabetes, which affects more than 34.2 million Americans.
I am no stranger to feeling gaslit by my local restaurants, but it looks different on this coast. Living in Bushwick, I lost many a Postmate to Maria Fernandez Park, all of whom claimed they were lost as they (probably) enjoyed my spicy tuna roll in the sun. So I see your fight against froyo and raise you one duel against delivery. I will no longer accept plastic bags filled with soda spilt from an empty cup. I will no longer stand for Uber Eats assigning me a walking delivery person. When they say, “but ma’am, the restaurant you ordered from is three blocks away,” I’ll quote Demi and say, “you don’t want to mess with me.” I’ll start a hashtag to cancel delivery fees and organize a coup against every Sweetgreen location that forgets the bread.
I could do all of that, or I could just get the food myself, and she could try another yogurt shop.
Demi may have an important point here, but the delivery is giving “preachy vegans who rail against the lack of offerings at a given restaurant” energy. This froyo fiasco brings up the question of what’s a systemic or cultural issue versus a personal problem. And while it’s understandable to want to warn future customers about potential triggers, did this conversation really need to involve the whole internet? This entire feud could have been a Yelp review.
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I think we can agree that 2020 was the most dramatic season year of all time. But you know who it was especially tough for? Lol no, not your grandma in her nursing home you idiot, I’m talking about celebrity couples. That’s right, they were dropping like flies this year, and I can only assume that’s because once you strip away the ability to jet off to exotic locations or drink tequila with George Clooney at Soho House and realize you’re stuck spending every waking moment on the couch with a fellow narcissist with an eighth grade education, you start to reevaluate your decisions. And reevaluate they did. Some quietly (Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis), and some very, very, messily. And that’s who I want to focus on today because, well, it’s more fun for me. So now that 2020 is mercifully taking its final breaths, let’s look back at the most dramatic celebrity breakups of the year.
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich
I mean, yes, anyone with eyes and ears living on this planet saw this breakup coming a mile away. But could we have predicted the drama with which it ended? Fine, probably also yes, but boy has it been a beautiful gift in this bucket full of sewage water masquerading as a year. Let’s look at what went wrong here. Back in March, when we were all still naive souls with perfectly maintained gel manicures, Demi and Max got together. She popped up accidentally on his IG live at the end of the month, and that’s when it was officially confirmed they were dating. So I guess that means people watch his IG live then? What a sad world we live in. By July they were engaged, and by the end of September it was over. Shocking! And the rumor was his intentions were not genuine and he was using her for PR. Even more shocking! Now this is where it gets good. Max claimed on his Instagram stories that he heard about their breakup through a tabloid, which tbh sounds right about the level of respect this relationship deserved. Demi dropped a song called “Still Have Me” and he dropped an insane IG live comparing himself to Pete Davidson.
not max ehrich dragging the ariana & pete situation in his mess.. also his acting is so bad pls pic.twitter.com/N3BAHddSRT
— h❀ (@fentgrande) October 2, 2020
Then he called the paparazzi on himself crying on the beach, which for me is just a regular Saturday and not really a photo-worthy event, but sure Max, whatever you need to do for relevance. Rumors were swirling that he wouldn’t leave Demi alone, and then we finally made it to the People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Miss Demi Lovato herself. She mentioned the engagement and breakup in her monologue, and of course Max jumped on that.
HIM TALKING ABOUT CLOUT? MAX EHRICH? OUT OF ALL PEOPLE? pic.twitter.com/nHESRD4OX2
— ً (@soIoIovato) November 19, 2020
It’s like the breakup that never ends. AND THEN, we finally got our punishment for even entertaining this man for one second: his debut single.
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As if we haven’t all been through enough.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
I was really rooting for these two. Not that many couples that got together when one was a practically a teenager and one was a grown man really go the distance, but in the 15 years they were together they managed to get married, have three kids, and only cancel one divorce somewhere in the middle. Is that a love story straight from Shakespeare, or what? Sadly, BAG confirmed their split this May, after Megan was spotted hanging out with Machine Gun Kelly. Megan and MGK met on the set of Midnight in the Grass, a movie produced by MY MAN aka RAND aka Randall Emmett, so I guess it will be as good as Gotti. This split started to get superrrrrr messy over their kids. My apologies for using children as a basis for my story, but their parents did it first.
First, Megan posted this shot with MGK.
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Sweet, I guess. In, like, an Angelina wears a vial of Billy Bob’s blood kind of way.
So naturally, a 47-year old man would respond to that this way.
Achingly beautiful boys…… My heart is yours pic.twitter.com/eWQwcblhg2
— Brian Austin Green (@withBAGpod) August 5, 2020
I wonder how it feels to be this petty? I imagine exhilarating at first, but then the crushing shame spiral hits. Not speaking from experience, of course.
Then on Halloween, Brian Austin Green posted a photo with their youngest child Journey in the frame and Megan just DRAGGED him in the comments.
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I honestly have such secondhand embarrassment from their drama. If Megan was any older I’d assume she meant to send a private text but instead accidentally responded in the comments like my grandpa sometimes does, but considering this message isn’t in all caps and signed by name like a grandfather would do, I suspect it was on purpose. Why anyone would do this is beyond me. Maybe to shame her ex, maybe to make herself look better, maybe to use big words to prove my eighth grade education claims wrong? Whatever the reason, y’all are gross. BAG didn’t respond, but he did repost the picture with the kid cropped out. How mature of both of them.
Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph
We all know this story. Boy goes on reality TV show. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy jumps fence for girl. Girl begrudgingly agrees to be with boy for Instagram sponsorships. It’s beautiful, it’s magical, it ends in a restraining order. Back in May, Cassie and Colton announced their breakup, with Colton saying, “some people are just meant to be friends.” I’d imagine that’s especially true in cases where one person doesn’t really like the other, right Cassie? Things seemed amicable-ish until September, when Cassie filed a restraining order against Colton, accused him of sending unsettling text messages, and placing a tracking device on her car. TBH I think we could have all guessed that a man who would jump a fence for a woman wouldn’t be stopped from placing a tracking device on her car because of a pesky little thing called the law. Consider it jumped. Days before the court date in November, Cassie dismissed the order against Colton. Apparently they came to a private agreement. I bet those texts were even more unsettling.
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Yeah, risking arrest.
Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech
Any other Riverdale fans out there? Because I’m worried about Toni Topaz. Vanessa Morgan got married to White Sox pitcher and Brielle Biermann’s ex, Michael Kopech, in January of 2020. In April, she posted about his birthday on Instagram. And then in July she announced she was pregnant.
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It seemed a little weird that she referred to the child as “my baby boy” instead of “our baby boy” but hey, she’s the one who’s going to have to push a living being out of her vagina, so I guess it’s really her prerogative to refer to him in whatever way she wants. Then, just three days later it was reported that Michael had filed for divorce in June. WHAT?! Her rep confirmed that Michael is the father of her child and that’s literally it. Complete and utter radio silence about the matter. Like, quieter than me during that final court scene in The Undoing quiet. I think this one is so dramatic because I’m dying for answers and they won’t give them to me. Is anyone reading in the confidence of Vanessa Morgan and willing to betray her trust for a curious writer in the tristate area? PLEASE?
Offset and Cardi B
Look, I know these two are back together, but they’re on and off so much that maybe by press time they’ll be broken up again and I’ll be right. I’m taking my chances. In September it was reported that Cardi B and Offset were to divorce after three years of marriage. The rumors were that he was unfaithful, she hit a breaking point, and finally filed for divorce. He had previously been caught cheating three months after they got married, and then in 2018 they welcomed daughter Kulture. Between then and now, A LOT of drama has happened. Bartenders at a strip club claimed that Cardi B ordered an attack on them for allegedly cheating with Offset, Cardi and Offset split in December 2018 with her claiming they grew out of love, Offset begged her to come back on Instagram, and they reunited officially at the 2019 Grammys.
Now, I’m no relationship expert—I share a bed with my dog—BUT I think it’s safe to say maybe these two should break up? Personally, I think once hitmen get involved the government should force you to divorce. But apparently these two can’t stay apart. In October 2020, one month after filing for divorce, Cardi and Offset got back together, with her sharing on Instagram live “It’s really hard to have no dick.” Well, can’t argue with that logic *shrugs*.
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The modern love note.
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers
Armie Hammer, star of the recently released Rebecca, both twins in The Social Network, but mostly just hot rich person, broke up with his wife Elizabeth Chambers after 10 years of marriage. Considering their love story is about as exciting as soggy white bread, you wouldn’t expect their breakup to be that dramatic, right? Well, well, well you’d be wrong, because after wasting his prime sexy years on one lady, Armie is finally free to put his dick in everything he can find. First, he was spotted out with Rumer Willis looking prettyyyyy cozy. Then he was rumored to be dating Josh Lucas’s ex-wife, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, and some app founder named Courtney. Now the word is that Armie is dating an Instagram model named Paige Lorenze. And according to submissions on DeuxMoi, Armie was not with his kids for Thanksgiving, and Elizabeth was caught liking an Armie hate account. EEK. This is a bad look and I love it. Is there anything more satisfying than nearly 40-year-olds acting like drunk, vengeful teens? I think not.
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That’s a divorce look if I ever saw one
And those are this year’s messiest breakups! Although, with a few days left in 2020, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen.
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Apparently they say that the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. Not sure if “they” have actually taken said advice, but after many failed walks of shame, self-lectures and a crippling self-esteem, I can assure you this is absolute horse sh*t. That said, someone should probably relay this information to Demi Lovato’s ex-fiancé, Max Ehrich, who has already moved on from Demi after like, two weeks, by projecting his night out with American Idol alumn Sonika Vaid all over Instagram right after he
called the paparazzi on himself was photographed dramatically crying on the beach.
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For someone who is well-versed in the façade that is “I swear I’m doing fine” post-split look, this move is one of the final acts taken in hopes that your ex realizes what they missed out on (and don’t even get me started on those staged beach photos).
To make matters even more dramatic, Max dropped the truth about his feelings toward Demetria (or possibly Sonika?) this morning in a new song called “Afraid” and it’s just… more than I was willing to grasp on a Friday afternoon. He sings lines like, “I’m afraid to give up my heart / I’m afraid to be broken apart / So I play, I play safe / Holding my guard,” which is painfully ironic coming from someone who cannon-balled into this entire relationship with zero rationality.
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“AFRAID.” link in bio 🕊 avail on all streaming platforms 🤍 from the bottom of my hopeful romantic heart- infinitely grateful to be releasing the first song off of my music project🤍 x • • • special thanks to my team @aliextramile @deesamii for @eqdistro @extamileent producer @richmanmusic #brandonerickson @markgmorikawa @jordanmanekin & everyone over at Grubman, Shire, Sacks, Meiselas for believing in my project from day 1 years ago • • #maxehrichnewmusic #afraid #vulnerability #gratitude #music #piano #singer #songwriter #love #art #peace
Also, those hashtags are embarrassing. If you see me writing #peace #vulnerability, go ahead and delete my account.
Max’s photo and song most likely come in response to Demi literally leaking her own banger of a breakup song earlier this month called “Still Have Me”, where she basically sings, “I’d rather do this alone than put up with your sh*t for one more second.”
Meanwhile, Demi seems to be handling the aftermath of the split like a champ, spending time with family and friends, and was just spotted looking “cozy” (interpret that how you will) with rapper Mod Sun, aka both Tana Mongeau and Bella Thorne’s ex, according to photos obtained on Wednesday by The Sun. Earlier this week, they were seen riding around in the back of a black SUV and legit looking like they were having the time of their lives, which is likely the case considering these two have been friends for a while now.
Apparently Demi helped Mod through some tough times when he was trying to get sober, so it’s likely the favor is simply just being returned. A source also confirmed to E! News that Demi and Mod are “just hanging out for now,” adding, “She has been trying to surround herself with good company to occupy her time and keep her mind off of the Max drama. She isn’t looking to date right now and is still healing.”
Oh, and the source also said, “Demi is a free spirit and loves going with the flow,” so like, whatever happens, happens? Sonika, on the other hand, is eating up this five minutes of fame, considering she’s already gone on the record to E! News, telling them that after meeting at a dinner with mutual friends, that she and Max have “just been hanging out since and having fun.”
Sounds like the exact script I use when I’m trying to hide the truth about my 2am regrets from my friends, but what do I know? Anyway, see you back here next week when Max announces he’s expecting his first child or something.
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If, for some reason, you haven’t watched You on Netflix, then I can only assume you’ve actually been doing something productive with your life during quarantine. But instead of being spooked by Joe Goldberg and his obsessive antics as you prepare to go nowhere this Halloween, behold the haunting real-life version: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich’s failed “whirlwind” relationship, if that’s what we’re calling this.
Demi and Max first started dating at the beginning of quarantine, which apparently was a justification for couples to move in together after just having met and not a reason to question their attachment styles. Let’s call this “red flag numero uno.”
Then came the engagement after six months of dating, featuring an engagement ring the size of a parking lot. Look, I’m not one to gem-shame, but I’m gonna have to call B.S. on this massive stone slab purchased on a soap opera star’s dime. Sure, call it jealousy over the fact that my lockdown lover gifted me with a UTI instead of a 5-carat diamond, but hold the judgement—you were thinking it too.
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So here’s where things start to get weird (as if they weren’t already). While doing what diehard fans do best and going full CSI mode in hopes of digging up some skeletons in his closet, Demi stans basically hit the investigative jackpot. They noticed that not long before Max had his sights set on Demi, he was leaving thirst trap comments all over photos of Ariana Grande, Madison Beer, Miley Cyrus… and (get ready for this)… Demi’s archnemesis, Selena Gomez.
Sidenote: If you’ve ever had a friend try to tell you you should really take out the trash and dump your loser BF, this one’s for you.
In that vein, fans tried to tell Demi that her man was a fame leech by sharing tweet receipts and Instagram Live streams of Ehrich vowing to marry Selena and saying that obviously she’s prettier than Demi.
Demi Lovato’s fiancé, Max Ehrich, is currently being critisized by fans after his old tweets and comments concerning Selena Gomez have resurfaced on the internet. pic.twitter.com/D7ENJMd9sq
— Pop Tingz (@ThePopTingz) September 12, 2020
Demi then attempted to stick up for Max by claiming that the tweets were all “fake” and “doctored” by fans as she continued to try and deflect the truth about her fiancé. But, as anyone who’s tried to go to bat for a sh*tbag knows, that didn’t last long.
Not much longer after that, sh*t hit the fan and the two reportedly called it quits last week. Or, I guess I shouldn’t say “the two”, because apparently Max found out about the breakup the same way we all did, by like, a push notification from Page Six.
Instead of taking the giant L and taking some time to recoup, Ehrich took a page out of my vengeful 16-year-old handbook and started firing off not-so-cryptic Instagram stories, saying, “Imagine finding out the status of your relationship through a tabloid while you’re in the middle of filming a biopic movie about a Pastor in a Christian Church whose intention in the film is to help people.” Like… ok? What does the plot of the movie have to do with anything? He does know that playing a pastor who helps people does not make you one, right?
Did this pastor also happen to conveniently emotionally manipulated and trap someone who’s vulnerable and make them lose faith in love all over again because they used that person to further their career? I wonder, Max Ehrich. pic.twitter.com/OxKDYteqyl
— shawn (@istiIIhaveme) September 26, 2020
So obviously, I imagine it would hurt for someone to find out about the end of their relationship in a tabloid… but was that part even true? A source claiming to have inside knowledge told E! News that Max “is lying” about the timeline here, and that Demi told him it was over before anything became public. The source continued, saying that by making up this story, Max is “just trying to stay relevant. Her family thinks he is crazy and is so relieved she has taken this step.” Honestly, posting all those Instagram stories was messy AF in the first place, but it’s even more cringeworthy if he’s going so far as to lie about what happened.
In the wake of the E! News source questioning his credibility, Max continued to spiral on Instagram, accusing Demi of trying to “thank you, next” him. He also wrote, “I’m just a human being who has to go to work tomorrow AM where there are families with kids relying on me.” I won’t claim to know every detail of this situation, but I feel like Max is being just a tad overdramatic. Like, first you’re playing a pastor who helps people, now there are families with kids relying on you? Does Max understand the definition of acting? Serious question.
Nevertheless, he continued to post, saying in his next story that he and Demi had not spoken on the phone, and “haven’t even officially ended anything.” He also referred to Demi by her full name, Demetria, and said he just wants her “to be healthy and safe.” I’m getting the vibe that Max is the kind of guy who needs to be broken up with five times before he finally takes the hint, so good luck to Demi.
From there, things got even more bizarre, as Max pivoted to posting about Demi’s music. After telling Demi (again, via public Instagram story) “If you’re reading this… I love you always… unconditionally… no matter what,” he wrote that “Demetria is THEE best female vocalist alive. And everyone should know it. She inspires me every day and is an INCREDIBLE human being. I know it’s not her writing these stories, it’s a machine. I love her unconditionally.” Sorry, what? A machine? Is he complimenting her or sh*tting on her lyrics? Pick a lane, Max!
Clearly I can’t seem to crack the case on any of this guy’s motives, because we’ve somehow managed to go from twin flame soulmates to “your lyrics are trash” in a matter of six months. It feels like he’s still trying to play mind games, meanwhile Demi is already totally checked out, eating Taco Bell with her friends. I would definitely choose the Taco Bell over a mid-tier soap star who already pledged his love to every other pop star out there.
If the CSI Lovato stans are reading this, can you guys check that Max hasn’t been to Home Depot to purchase plexiglass lately? Truly, we hope that ~Demetria~ is safe, happy, and far away from this guy. Let this be a lesson to all of you who moved too fast during quarantine: regular dating rules still apply.
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For basically my entire life, I’ve thought of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato as best friends. They were both cast in Barney & Friends when they were just 10 years old, and from there, they rose up the ranks of the Disney Channel stars together. They each had their own TV shows, movies, and music careers, and even some moments of drama, but at least in my head, they were always still kind of a package deal. Well, all good things must come to an end, and apparently that includes Demi and Selena’s friendship.
In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Demi gets candid about her current relationships with some of her past Disney colleagues and friends. Basically, the only person “from that era” that she still talks to is Miley Cyrus, saying that she “loves her to death and always will.” But the other Disney Channel kids? Not so much. She confirmed that she’s no longer in touch with the Jonas Brothers, but the most shocking revelation was that she and Selena are no longer friends.
Demi and Selena have gone through their ups and downs in the past, but now it seems like things are pretty much done. The subject came up when talking about Demi’s comeback performance at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. After 18 months out of the spotlight following her overdose in 2018, Demi returned on music’s biggest night with a powerful performance of her new song, “Anyone.” Pretty much everyone cried (or at least I did), and Demi received an immense amount of support across social media.
One particular message, from Selena Gomez on her Instagram story, received a ton of attention:
At the time, many outlets reported on Selena’s post, and the general tone was that she was being sweet and supportive. But based on what Demi said in her new interview, it seems like she had mixed feelings about the Insta story. She said “When you grow up with somebody, you’re always going to have love for them. But I’m not friends with her, so felt…” The author notes that Demi stopped herself there, before adding, “I will always have love for her, and I wish everybody nothing but the best.”
Funny, I have the distinct feeling that Demi was about to say something that would’ve made this whole situation a whole lot more shady. If something went down to really end their friendship, then I can imagine that Demi might see Selena’s post as fake, or thirsty, or just unnecessary. It’s nice for Demi to say she has love for her and wish her the best, but that’s how I talk about my college friends that I would literally never want to hang out with again.
While we don’t know the specifics behind Demi and Selena’s current non-friendship, this isn’t the first time we’ve gotten wind of issues between them. Way back in 2010, they drifted apart for the first time, and Selena’s new friendship with Taylor Swift was to blame. When a fan asked Demi how Selena was doing, she famously responded, “ask Taylor.” God, I love when some decade-old shade still slaps. Here’s the video, which was definitely shot on a RAZR, god bless.
They came back together after that period, but feud rumors flared up again in 2014, when Demi unfollowed Selena on Twitter and Instagram. There’s nothing better than controversy that’s based on social media following and unfollowing, truly. In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Demi (sort of) explained why she unfollowed Selena: “I think it’s just one of those things where people change and people grow apart.” I mean, there are people from high school that I will never talk to again but I still follow because it feels like the nice thing to do, but maybe I need to be pettier?
But Demi refollowed Selena the next year, and though they haven’t been super close publicly in the past few years, it’s been a long time since they’ve had any kind of drama in public. But of course, both Demi and Selena have been through major personal turmoil over the years, with tough breakups, physical health issues, and difficult struggles with mental health. I’d love to know specifically where things went wrong between them, but especially with everything they’ve had going on, sh*t happens.
So basically, we learned that Demi doesn’t talk to Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, or her ex Wilmer Valderrama (I’m happy about this), but she loves Miley Cyrus, and in case you haven’t been on Instagram, she’s quarantining with her hot new boyfriend Max Ehrich. Much to process, but it seems like she’s doing well. Good for her, but also I need her to slide into my DMs and tell me what went down with Selena. I need tea!!!
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In case you somehow missed it, Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron are quarantining together. And now, another possible Bachelor couple, Peter and Kelley, was seen out and about actively disobeying social distancing protocols. I guess we can finally say for sure that Bachelor producers don’t pick their cast based on intelligence, right? And Bachelor couples aren’t the only couples that are quarantining together—real celebrities are doing it too! Why aren’t these people worried they’re going to hate each other by the end of this? I’m quarantining with my mother and I’m 99% sure the only reason she hasn’t murdered me yet is because she doesn’t want the nine months that she carried me in her womb to be for nothing. So, it’s either very brave or very stupid of these celebrities to spend an undetermined amount of time together. Let’s take a look at which celebrity couples have decided to take their chances, and attempt to answer the eternal question: do celebrities that quarantine together stay together?
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
So I guess this charade is still happening. Shawn and Camila have called the paparazzi on themselves been spotted out in Miami multiple times since quarantine began. Aggressively kissing, of course, because no one would buy that they’re a couple if they’re not swallowing each other’s faces whole. Oh wait, we still don’t buy it. Shouldn’t have wasted the saliva, guys! But that was SO sweet of them to remind us that it’s possible to stay fit while under quarantine—I mean, look at those abs! Could you livestream a workout for us, Shawn? Should I buy any equipment? Will I need to put down my Cheetos? Anyway, I’m not too worried about this couple breaking up in isolation. They’ll only break up when their contract says to, and I’m sure their lawyers thought of a pandemic clause.
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas
Another couple doing their part to make sure the paparazzi stay employed during this unprecedented time of unemployment is Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. I’m veryyyyy concerned about these two. First, they went from dating to “these are the sounds my body makes” in about .5 seconds. Second, they seem to really want people to know they’re banging, in a time when people reallyyyy don’t care. We’re just trying to secure enough toilet paper over here! Honestly, I’m happy that Ben is happy, partially because I think he makes things harder for himself than they need to be, but mostly because The Accountant is an underrated movie for which he did not get his due. But also, I beg of you, stay home! And actually, maybe I am very worried about this relationship because if they can’t obey an order to stay home that is strictly to SAVE LIVES, maybe they’re getting sick of each other already?
Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone
This one has me shook. Yes, Camila and Leo have been together for a while. Yes, there are no parties for Leo to attend at this time. Yes, Coachella was canceled. Yes, his infamous Pussy Posse does have too many members for the CDC to allow them to hang out right now. But I never thought it would come to this. Leo alone with a girlfriend for an extended amount of time? Giving her the impression that they might just be serious? The world really is ending. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Leo and Camila are in quarantine at his LA mansion and “they’re always together, but like maintaining privacy.” I assume that means that when Camila starts talking about TikTok he sends her to her room, right? They’ve even decided to foster a dog! I’m flummoxed. Look, I can’t tell you for sure if these two will make it through, the only thing I can tell you is that if we’re still in quarantine when she turns 25, they definitely will not.
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich
I just said to my mother that now might be the time to get into soap operas. But I didn’t mean to, like, get into them, you know? Someone must have said the same thing to Demi and she took it very literally because it looks like she is quarantining with Max Ehrich, an actor on The Young and The Restless. Wow. That show title just hit hard. According to People, Max has posted Instagram stories of himself cuddling with Demi’s dogs, and a shirtless picture saying he didn’t pack enough for his quarantine. No one did, Max! Demi responded in the comments, “Fine by me…”. So I think it’s safe to say they have plenty to do to pass the time.
Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez
I know you’re wondering if you should know who Dalton Gomez is, but don’t worry, you shouldn’t, and we broke his details down for you here. I’m honestly shocked that this guy is not a YouTube star because I find if I don’t know a name I hear on a celebrity website, they’re most likely a mildly offensive human who gets paid $24 million a year to tape themselves doing dumb sh*t. But, this guy is a realtor. Ariana met him through friends and apparently he sells multi-million dollar houses. Not right now you don’t, Dalton! Ain’t nobody got any money. We all know that Ariana is great at a quick, intense relationship *cough* all those Pete Davidson tattoos *cough* so this relationship might really thrive for the next few months. But once this is over and all of us mole people return to the light? They’re done.
Best of luck to all these quarantining celebrity couples, and may the odds be ever in their favor! Which celebrity couples do you think will make it out of isolation without hate in their hearts and blood on their hands?
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If there’s one person that literally everyone in the world is rooting for, it’s Demi Lovato. Currently, she’s making her music comeback a year and a half after an overdose that nearly killed her, and she’s finally opening up about some of the darkest times in her life. In a new interview from Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she got real about her eating disorder recovery, and how toxic people around her put her on the dangerous path that led to her 2018 overdose.
The conversation started when Ellen asked Demi Lovato about her eating disorder, and how in the past six years when Demi came on her show, her team would go in the dressing room before Demi got there and hide anything with sugar in it. This was all happening after Demi had publicly struggled with an eating disorder. Demi said that she “didn’t know that until today,” and said that for the past several years with that team, she “lived a life…that I felt like wasn’t my own.”
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Today I got to see my dear friend @theellenshow. I was lucky enough to sit with her and share my story from over the past year and a half. I was so emotional I cried when I walked off stage. Thank you Ellen for providing me a platform to speak my truth. Love you always and I’m so grateful for our chat today 💕 The journey continues Friday 💗
The controlling behavior of her team went way beyond the dressing room at Ellen. Demi continued “If I was in my hotel room at night, they would take the phone out of the hotel room so I couldn’t call room service, or if there was fruit in my room they took it out because that’s extra sugar. We’re not talking about brownies and cookies and candies and stuff like that, it was fruit.” Let me just say, if anyone ever tries to tell you that you shouldn’t be eating fruit because of the sugar, that person is an idiot. Even if you’re on a diet, a piece of fruit is not the problem.
Demi said that for the six years she was with this team, she wasn’t allowed to have a real birthday cake, only getting a cake made of watermelon (see—fruit!) with fat-free whipped cream. If you ask me, everyone involved with that “cake” should be arrested. Thankfully, she has a new team now, led by Scooter Braun, and she said that for her birthday this year, he gave her “the best birthday cake,” and she ate it with Ariana Grande. Speaking about this monumental change, Demi said “I just remember crying because I was finally eating cake with a manager that didn’t need anything from me and that loved me for who I am and supported my journey.” Wow. Taylor Swift might not have the nicest things to say about Scooter Braun, but thank god that Demi Lovato is finally with someone who lets her be a normal person for a change. Also, I would very much like to be invited to the next Demi/Ariana birthday celebration.
Going back to the problematic behaviors that messed her up in 2018, Demi said she feels it’s “dangerous to try to control someone’s food when they’re in recovery from an eating disorder,” which seems like a no-brainer. She says that relapsing into her disordered eating behaviors opened the floodgates for her to further relapse with her addiction. She told Ellen, “I was stuck in this unhappy position and here I am sober and I’m thinking to myself, ‘I’m six years sober but I’m miserable. I’m even more miserable than I was when I was drinking. Why am I sober?’”
When she reached out to her team with these fears, they told her she was being “very selfish,” and played into her fear of abandonment that stems from her relationship with her father. “I felt completely abandoned, so I drank. That night, I went to a party and there was other stuff there, and it was only three months before I ended up into the hospital with an OD.”
Coming out on the other side, Demi completely owns her actions, but it’s clear that she was put in a f*cked up situation by people who were supposed to have her best interests in mind. Still, it seems like she’s made peace with her own choices and is focusing on herself. Closing out her chat with Ellen, she said, “As long as you take the responsibility, you can move past it and learn to love yourself the way you deserve to be loved.” Damn, I am so proud of her.
Demi Lovato has been through an intense journey in the last couple of years, but she seems to be doing great, and she’s not just talking about her struggles. Also in her interview on Ellen, she said that she would love to make out with Rihanna, which like, same. If there’s anyone reading this who doesn’t want to make out with Rihanna, you can see yourself out. Demi also has more new music coming out soon, including a single tomorrow, so there’s a lot to look forward to this year from her. Whatever happens next, I hope she’s feeling happy and healthy, and eating all the damn fruit and cake she wants to.
Here’s the full clip from Demi Lovato’s Ellen interview, if you want to hear all her comments:
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I don’t know if Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are still best friends from their Barney and Disney Channel days, but they still managed to perfectly coordinate their cryptic Instagram posts about their personal lives last night. I already unpacked Selena’s ambiguous kiss and matching tattoo with her BFF Julia Michaels, so now let’s turn our attention to Demi Lovato. Demi went Instagram-public with a new man, and we need to talk about him.
Of course, last we knew, Demi Lovato was hanging out with Bachelorette favorite Mike Johnson, but that was back in September. Even though I was really rooting for them, after going such a long time without hearing any news, it’s no surprise that they’re not a thing anymore. After a rough year of relationships, I hope Mike finds happiness
with me, but that’s beside the point right now—back to Demi.
Late Tuesday night, she posted this photo, making it no secret that she’s with someone new. It’s a grainy, black-and-white mirror selfie, but they’re obviously into each other, and her caption refers to him as “my love.” Thankfully, Demi tagged him in the photo, so we don’t have to go on a wild goose chase to figure out who he is. Let this be a lesson to all of you: if you’re going to post your mans on social media, TAG HIM.
His name is Austin Wilson, and he’s clearly good at following directions, because he posted last night at the exact same time as Demi. He did chose a different cuddly, full-body mirror selfie to declare his love, though. I wonder, did Demi get to choose her photo first, and he had to post whatever one she didn’t like? These are the behind-the-scenes things I need to know.
So let’s see what we know about Austin Wilson. Right off the bat, he has approximately one million tattoos, his hair is currently fluorescent pink, I honestly feel that Demi could snap him in half if she wanted to. I guess skinny guys need love too. Visually, Austin Wilson gives me Aaron Carter vibes, but for Demi’s sake, hopefully Austin is just a liiiiittle more stable than that. Unsurprisingly, he is a model, which is a debatably real career, but I won’t deny that he’s hot. He has 77,000 followers on Instagram, which is kind of a lot for a male model, so good for him.
Here’s a better shot of Austin’s tattoos. He has Marilyn Monroe on one of his arms, but I’m not sure who the woman is in the middle of his chest. If I were Demi, I would make him get it lasered off and replace it with my face ASAP, just to show his dedication. Don’t ask me why I’m single.
So far, we don’t know the details of Demi and Austin’s relationship, or exactly how they met, but there is one important clue. Last month, Demi lost one of her close friends, Thomas Trussell, after a battle with addiction, and she even got a tattoo to honor his life. It turns out that Austin Wilson was close with Thomas too, and he also got a tattoo after he passed away. I don’t know if Thomas was the one who introduced Demi and Austin, but it looks like they were in the same group of friends.
Obviously Demi Lovato has been through a lot in the last couple of years, but judging from her body positivity on Instagram and her upcoming return to TV on Will & Grace, it seems like she’s been in a good place lately. so hopefully she’s feeling good, and surrounded by people with the right kind of energy. We’ll have to wait to see where this relationship with Austin Wilson is going, but I hope it works out for Demi—she deserves it.
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