Opening up. Demi Lovato is giving fans an inside look into her past relationship with Max Ehrich.

“I really had myself fooled, because it was the safe and expected thing,” the songstress told EW in March 2021 about the two-month engagement that ended in September 2020. “Obviously I cared deeply about the person, but there was something inside of me that was like, ‘I have to prove to the world that I’m okay.’ Now that I’m not engaged or married and I’m okay, I’m like, ‘Wow. Isn’t that so much more empowering?’ It’s not this false sense of security.”

Previously, Demi talked about the “most important thing” she learned following the relationship. “[This year has] been such a roller-coaster,” the singer said on Today With Hoda & Jenna in November 2020. “I mean, honestly, for me, the beginning of the year started out, I was on this trajectory to have a pretty eventful career, and I was planning my comeback.”

She continued, “I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is how much I am OK with myself and loving myself. It wasn’t until this year that I really started exploring the things that bring joy to my life in little ways.”

While hosting the 2020 People’s Choice Awards a few days later, the songstress also poked fun at her engagement to Max.

“I am so excited to be here tonight because honestly, this year has been the longest three years of my life. Don’t get me wrong, it started out amazing. “I performed at the Grammys and sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl … But then COVID hit and everything shut down, so I did what everyone else did, I went into lockdown mode and got engaged,” she said during the show’s opening monologue. “I binged seven seasons of Pretty Little Liars, got unengaged, then went looking for aliens in the desert, so basically the same as everyone else.”

Following her PCAs hosting gig, Max commented on one of Demi’s Instagram photos. “Exploiting our breakup for clout at PCA is not chill,” he wrote per E! News. Then told her to “stop talking about me on award shows. Thanks.”

It was first reported that the couple had broken, calling off their two-month engagement, on September 24. A source close to the songstress told Us Weekly that the relationship ended, confirming the breakup. The actor claimed that he learned about their split “through a tabloid” on September 26. Then, two days later, he seemingly confirmed via Instagram Stories that their breakup was final.

Now, the former Disney Channel star is “having all sorts of issues with Max not leaving her alone,” sources told E! News on October 12.

“He has been trying to get in contact with her family and friends and they have all blocked him,” the insider added. “She’s in contact with lawyers now on what to do.”

This news comes one day after Max was photographed at the beach were he proposed to Demi on October 11, according to photos obtained by TMZ.

After the news of their split initially broke, Max, 29, took to Instagram Stories on September 26 and claimed that he learned about their breakup “through a tabloid.”

Rumors first started swirling that Max and Demi were more than friends in March after they were spotted out together and left flirty comments on each other’s Instagram posts. They first publicly revealed their relationship in May, after months of speculation, while sharing a smooch during Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande‘s “Stuck With U” music video. Two months later, on July 23, the couple took to social media and announced their engagement.

Both Demi and Max have since removed every photo of each other from their Instagram accounts. Sources have also told Us Weekly that the Sonny With a Chance alum is feeling a “sense of relief” after their split. So, what led to Demi and Max’s breakup? Scroll through our gallery for a complete guide to what went wrong in this whirlwind romance. 

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