He and Demi Lovato's mother, Dianna De La Garza, divorced in 1994 due to the failure of their long distance relationship.
His daughter Demi's single "For the Love of a Daughter", released in 2011, was written in reference to her estranged relationship with him.
He was of Mexican ancestry and lived for much of his life with his father, Frank, in New Mexico. He has three daughters, Demi, Dallas, and Amber.
His ex-wife, Dianna, later gave birth to another girl, Demi and Dallas' half sibling Madison De La Garza.