“The X Factor” U.S. judge Demi Lovato is not engaged and she currently does not have a boyfriend, a representative for Lovato is telling the media. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Lovato is refusing to comment on the backlash she’s been getting for her performance of the U.S. national anthem (“The Star-Spangled Banner”) at Game 4 of the Major League Baseball’s 2012 World Series in Detroit on October 28. Paparazzi from tabloid photo agency X17 tried to get her reaction when she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on October 29, 2012, but she refused to answer any questions.
Lovato is usually outspoken and rarely at a loss for words, so her silence on her World Series performance indicates that she wants to avoid talking about any embarrassment that it may have caused to her. Even if she had been chased by paparazzi at the airport and didn’t want to talk to them, she could have commented on Twitter by now, but she hasn’t. However, she did tweet before her performance: “So excited to sing the National Anthem at game 4 of the World Series tonight!!!!!”
As for the silly engagement rumor, that speculation was started by Hollywood Life (one of the least accurate celebrity gossip websites), which speculated that because Lovato was wearing a new ring on her left hand at the World Series that she may be engaged to actor Wilmer Valderrama, 32, who hasn’t been Lovato’s boyfriend since 2010. A representative for Lovato told Hollywood Life that it’s “not true” that Lovato is engaged.
Since 2011, Hollywood Life has been spreading false rumors that Lovato and Valderrama are getting back together. (An editor at that website must be really fixated on Lovato and Valderrama being a couple.) Although Lovato and Valderrama keep in touch, it’s pretty obvious that their romantic relationship is over. Valderrama has moved on to dating other women. The paparazzi and tabloids that care to keep track of whom he’s been dating recently have already reported who those women are.
Lovato has said in many interviews this year that she is not interested in having a boyfriend right now because she’s too busy focusing on her career and her recovery from her personal problems. She has been very open with the public in discussing her battles with substance abuse, self-harming, anorexia and bulima. She has spent time in rehab for these addictions. Although Lovato and 19-year-old Niall Horan of “X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction have admitted they have crushes on each other, they have both told the media numerous times that they are “just friends.”
As previously reported, Lovato was one of several stars from the Fox network (which had the U.S. telecast of the World Series this year) who were selected to perform the National Anthem at the 2012 World Series. Phillip Phillips from “American Idol,” Matthew Morrison from “Glee” and Zooey Deschanel from “New Girl” also sang the National Anthem on different days of this year’s World Series. (The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a consecutive four-game victory sweep.)
It was the fourth time that Lovato performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the World Series. She previously did the song at the World Series in 2011, 2010 and 2008.
While die-hard fans of Lovato went on the Internet to praise her World Series performance in 2012 (and she got mostly cheers from people in the audience), other people were more critical of her singing.
Yahoo! Sports blog Big League Stew had this assessment of Lovato’s performance:
“The rules of singing the national anthem are simple: Move the song along in a uniform manner, do not attempt half-baked impressions of Christina Aguilera, do not add any more notes and, above all, realize the song is about your country, not about you or promoting your television show. For the second year in a row, “The X Factor’s” Demi Lovato ignored all of these rules while singing the anthem in “look at me!” fashion before Game 4 of the World Series at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Sunday.
“Jack White was right: There really is a difference between a singer and a vocalist. Look, Fox pays a lot of money to broadcast the World Series and so we’re forever doomed to an October anthem roster consisting of glorified karaoke contest winners and people looking to extend the wonders of high school drama class. That’s Fox’s right, but the least the network can do is provide a number so we can vote off their “stars” for future World Series opportunities.”
Here is a sampling of comments on Twitter:
“Demi Lovato you’re an amazing singer and that was an amazing National Anthem.”
“Demi Lovato just added 467 more notes to the National Anthem.”
“Demi Lovato’s vocal flourishes added about 8 minutes to the National Anthem.”
“Demi Lovato singing National Anthem at World Series made me miss Roseanne. Only thing worse woulda been Journey.”