After a recent DNA test, Demi Lovato learned that she was mainly of Spanish descent. However, that ancestry does not stretch to her language skills. The 25-year-old is releasing a song with “Despacito” singer Luis Fonsi, and while she can’t speak the language, she can definitely sing it.
The song is called, “Echame La Culpa,” which translates to “blame me,” and Demi shows off her bilingual vocal skills on the track, which is due out on Nov. 17. However, the brunette beauty has always been open about her inability to speak Spanish.
“Not at all!” she told Jimmy Fallon when asked about her proficiency. “I’ve memorized songs in Spanish before. I had a song called ‘Lo Que Soy’ which is ‘This Is Me’ in Spanish. I decided to sing the song half in English, half in Spanish. But my brain like would not memorize it, the day before, I was like I might need a teleprompter!”
That does not mean that Demi isn’t proud of being a Latina. “I’m really proud of [my heritage], especially the way that the Latin community is kind of taking over and rising above politically,” she told Cosmo Latina. “Even though I don’t speak fluent Spanish, I love singing in Spanish. I love being able to represent the curvy sassiness of a Latina woman. It’s just a part of who I am, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent that.”
She also wouldn’t be the first famous Latina to not speak Spanish fluently. Her BFF Selena Gomez, who is half Mexican, is also not fluent in the dialect. “Actually, it’s a shame because I should know [Spanish] better than I do,” she told ShowBizCafe. “I don’t know it very well because my dad’s side of the family, which is the Mexican side, they are in Texas and I’m always traveling and I’m working so it’s very hard for me to stay communicated… but I do wish I could buckle down and I want to actually learn it and be completely fluent, that’s probably on my bucket list.”