Demetri grew up in New York City with his mother Samantha, his father Ontario, and his brother Josh. His family was a pretty basic family that stayed together. His father worked long hours every week and his mother stayed home to take care of him and his brother. Demetri was generally a reserved kid in school because he was so into romance and none of the other kids in his elementary school were. His older brother was always the know-it-all brother who tried to be this role model for Demetri, even though he was only two years older. He always taught Demetri different things about how to act, how to fight, how to treat people, things to say, etc. Demetri never actually listened because more often than not, Josh didn't make actual sense.
As Demetri got older, he began to open up more and made some more friends. His father joined the army and went overseas. This only made Demetri grow further apart from his dad. Once Demetri was in middle school, he began to learn more things about himself he never actually thought about. The more he read romantic novels and watched romantic movies, he began to feel himself on the girl's side as opposed to the guy's. He was always rooting for her, hoping she would get the cute guy. It wasn't long until Demetri actually started feeling an attraction towards the guy himself. And one day during seventh grade, Josh sat Demetri down to talk to him about girls and the feelings he'd start to get as he grew older. That's when Demetri realized that he really wasn't at all into girls. He liked guys. At first, Demetri felt pretty comfortable with his newfound realization. He was even going to tell Josh about it but the more Josh talked about it, constantly using the word "girls," Demetri began to think that it's probably something Josh wouldn't be expecting so he decided to put it off until later.
Later when Demetri entered high school, his father came back from overseas. Demetri was making more friends in high school since his brother was popular. Demetri also began to play piano and got serious with choir. He had been in choirs before like church choir but when he started high school choir, he started taking it way more seriously. This sparked his love of music. When Demetri was a sophomore, his father died of a diabetic heart attack. Even though Demetri had lost his relationship with his father, this still really upset him and he didn't want to leave his room for weeks. Later that year, Demetri still wasn't ready to come out since his brother and him went to the same school. He just wanted to keep it a secret from him and only him. But that soon grew into something more. Demetri began to notice how his brother treated the homosexuals at his school, how he looked down upon them and told him "don't be like them, bro." This made Demetri entirely not ready to come out so he didn't. Demetri played piano and sung to take his mind off his stress.
By the time he was a junior and his brother had graduated, Demetri was the most popular kid at his school. He had a rich girlfriend, Brooklyn Iris, who he was friends with before then but because his brother dated her sister, they were kind of forced into a relationship. Brooklyn actually developed a thing for Demetri but Demetri only liked her as a friend. The relationship went on for all of junior year and through senior year. The two were the school's star couple. Towards the end of senior year, Brooklyn confronted Demetri about his sexuality and he confessed. He explained everything to her and the two secretly broke up, she wasn't even into the relationship either anyway, but they pretended to keep dating for show. But as soon as they graduated, Demetri decided enough was enough. He had gotten into the Desmond College of the Arts so he moved to Miduna Beach early. There, he fully came out of the closet. It was weird at first but he finally felt like he didn't have to hide anymore. He didn't feel the need to have to tell anyone unless they asked so that was the philosophy he lived by. His mother, however, heard about it through the grapevine. She was okay with it and still loved her son. His brother however was furious and since then, their relationship has had a major fracture in it. This bothers Demetri a lot but he has never come around to address it with Josh.