Demi Lovato & Wilmer Valderrama enjoyed a romantic late night meal at upscale eatery El Torito in Sherman Oaks on Sunday night, reports Daily Mail. And a post-dinner visit to Demi’s home afterwards suggests the evening was more about reigniting their romance than pure platonic bonding. They dated back in 2010 but at the time claimed their romance had become a friendship.
Demi & Simon Starry Mag interview: Q) I imagine that you guys have run into each other in the course of time, but when it came time to work with one another, what were your first impressions of one another? Is there a moment from the first day, or even that first week, on set that stands out for you guys. Simon: My first recollection was Demi saying to me, you’re much better looking in real life. Demi: Of course, of course. I totally said that.
Simon: I thought she was very confident, very bright, then became quite annoying, but knew what she was talking about. Demi, you’ve come out and spoken about how bullying has affected you. How in your judging, have you been careful not to cross that border into bullying territory when giving people some negative comments?
Demi: I think bullying is something that’s totally different than criticism. Bullying, I think, can be when you’re just … harsh really for no reason. I feel when you’re giving criticism, you’re only trying to help somebody with their performance or their voice or whatever. I think definitely there could be a fine line between some jokes, but for me, ultimately, I’m just having fun and trying to give them criticism.
I would say Simon, in the last season, I kind of noticed you and Nicole would go back and forth, but I’m curious based on the previews, it looks like you and Demi go at it a little bit back and forth. Tell me how that rapport built itself to that point where you guys were able to be playful and give each other a hard time?
Simon: I have a habit of working with annoying people and Demi has definitely brought that again this year in spades, in bucket loads. But that’s kind of what I expected. When I saw Demi a couple of years ago I thought she’d be interesting to work with because of what she’s been through, coming through the whole Disney system, being a bit of a rebel, very marketable artist.
People like that are always going to be what I call, “lippy.”We have different views on the contestants, but I thought it was important since a lot of the contestants are young and that we have a very young audience, that we have to have somebody closer to that age group. But if I’m comfortable with somebody, then you can argue with them. So I’m obviously very comfortable with Demi.