Demi Lovato Was Just as Shocked by Ex-Fiancé Max Ehrich’s Post-Breakup Antics as Everyone Else

Demi Lovato has had her fair share of public relationships and breakups. Last year, she got engaged to actor Max Ehrich. But before the year was done, the two broke up. After the breakup, Ehrich was pretty vocal about what he was going through and claimed that he learned about the breakup from the media. Now, Lovato has revealed that she didn’t expect her former fiancé to handle the breakup the way that he did.

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich | Cindy Ord/Getty Images / Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Max Ehrich and Demi Lovato’s engagement

Lovato and Ehrich had a whirlwind relationship. The two accidentally went public with their union after Lovato unknowingly appeared in one of Ehrich’s Instagram Lives. By July, they were engaged.

“You never pressure me to be anything other than myself,” Lovato wrote in a since-deleted Instagram caption, announcing the engagement. “And you make me want to be the best version of myself. I’m honored to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!”

But soon after the engagement, things started going south as videos from 2018 began to surface of Ehrich claiming that he wanted to marry Lovato’s old friend Selena Gomez. Ehrich and Lovato split just two months after announcing the engagement.

“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 Entertainment Tonight. “They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together.”

Demi Lovato documentary reveals she was surprised at Max’s reaction to the breakup

In the new documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, Lovato revealed that she didn’t really know Ehrich.

“Honestly, what happened? I think I rushed into something that I thought was what I was supposed to do,” she said in the documentary according to Entertainment Tonight. “I realized as time went on that I didn’t actually know the person that I was engaged to.”

She believes that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and quarantine affected their relationship.

“It’s just, like, of course that accelerated. I didn’t even have my best friends to hang out with in quarantine,” she said. “The hardest part of the breakup was mourning the person I thought he was.”

After the breakup, Ehrich posted a number of emotional messages to his Instagram story, including a message to Lovato to “Please stop trying to ‘Thank you, next’ me.”

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“I mean, I was just as shocked as the rest of the world at some of the things that were said and done,” Lovato said of how Ehrich responded to the breakup. But ultimately, ending things with Ehrich made her realize that she was not as straight as she thought she was.

“I feel like I’m actually too queer to marry a man in my life right now,” she said. “I’m not willing to put a label on it right this second, and I think I will get there, but there’s a lot of things that I have to do for myself first. I want to allow myself the ability to live my life in the most authentic form possible.”