Demi Lovato has hit the brakes on her whirlwind romance with former soap opera Max Ehrich. Shortly after Ehrich’s old social media posts about wanting to marry Selena Gomez and lusting after other female celebrities went viral, the singer and actor called off their engagement, People reports. The two had been dating for less than five months when Ehrich proposed in July.
“It was a tough decision, but Demi and Max have decided to go their separate ways to focus on their respective careers,” a source told the outlet. “They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together.”
Lovato hasn’t commented on the news yet.
Page Six reported on September 24 that Lovato and Ehrich’s romance was on its last legs and that they were struggling to make it work. “It’s not over yet,” a source close to the couple shared, “but it’s on its way there.”
E! reported on September 16 that those close to Lovato were skeptical of Ehrich’s intentions with him. (Some fans were equally concerned when his old tweets spread, with some calling him a clout chaser.)
“People close to Demi have expressed that they are worried and are hesitant about Max,” the source said.
That source added that Lovato had been hurt by Ehrich’s Selena Gomez drama. Lovato was “really upset” when the Ehrich-Gomez posts surfaced on social media, the source said. “She is head over heels for Max and doesn’t want to be heartbroken. She truly cares about Max and wants to think his intentions are genuine.”
Ehrich deleted his Twitter when his old posts went viral, but fans posted screenshots of Ehrich’s tweets and Instagram comments.
Lovato called the posts “fake” in an Instagram Story statement she shared. “It’s really sad when people FAKE images to put women against each other,” she wrote. “If women have conflict that’s between them NOT YOU. Secondly, don’t y’all have more important shit to write about in 2020???”
Fans also shared a video of an Instagram Live where Ehrich gushed about Gomez and confirmed he has tweeted about his feelings for her.
“I think she’s an extremely, extremely, extremely talented girl, and I’ve actually had a major crush on her since 2010,” he started in the old Instagram Live video. “And I—my teenage self, like, said it in an interview as well so it’s kind of been this ongoing thing but then like obviously I put it out on Twitter, and I didn’t even realize that would catch like—that people would take that like seriously.”
“But yeah, I honestly think Selena Gomez is an extraordinary women,” he continued. “What she stands for charity-wise, just being an activist, she just has a great heart. Her heart is in the right place. She loves Jesus. She loves God. She’s just like, she’s an angel, and I love her, but on top of that, I respect her musically and I want to make music with her. Okay? I want to make a song with her and put out a song.”