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Source: Demi Lovato & Wilmer Valderrama Are 'Taking It Slowly!' Exclusive

Thu, February 24, 2011 3:32pm EDT by 8 Comments;,

Sources tell Demi and Wilmer aren’t rushing into anything too serious, but should Demi even be in a relationship so soon out of treatment?

Sources confirm to Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama have been seeing one another since January, but because Demi, 18, only recently was released from treatment for “emotional issues,” they are taking things slowly.

“Demi’s super fragile right now,” one insider tells us. “Everyone around her is hesitant about her getting into a deep relationship with Wilmer right off the bat.”

That said, Demi and Wilmer, who’s more than 10 years her senior, are definitely an item. “They are totally seeing one another and spending a bunch of time together,” our source says.

On-lookers at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, where Demi and Wilmer went on a date over Presidents’ Day weekend, tell us the couple acted more like friends than lovers.

“They weren’t being romantic at all,” one eyewitness says. “There wasn’t any PDA or anything when they were together.”

Adds another on-looker, “But you could tell they were totally enjoying each other’s company. They were smiling and laughing. It seemed natural.”

Even if Demi and Wilmer are “taking things slowly,” it’s not smart for Demi to be falling for anyone right now, says Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman.

“Generally, what they say is that for the first year after dealing with compulsions or eating disorders it’s best not to date at all,” she says. “Because one of the biggest reasons someone returns to their addictive behavior is because of a breakup.”

If Demi really likes Wilmer, how in the world is she supposed to stop her heart from feeling something?

“It’s really hard. Ideally you don’t put yourself in any situations to meet people,” Dr. Jenn — who is also the host of “The Love and Sex Show with Dr. Jenn” on Sirius XM — tells us.

“I would tell Demi to make her recovery her number one priority. Whatever it is she needs to do, that needs to remain the priority over her relationship…because without that healing, she won’t have a relationship at all.”

Do YOU think Demi should start another relationship right now or are you nervous after what happened with Joe Jonas?

Kirstin Benson, with reporting by Russ Weakland

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