After quite a few public relationships, Selena Gomez has opted to keep her private life, well, private. Since her last romance with the Weeknd in 2017, Gomez hasn’t confirmed any dating rumors, and a lot of the speculation has died down accordingly. However, a recent rumor surrounding her and The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart has fans newly invested in her love life.
"Selena is feeling positive and optimistic," a source told Entertainment Tonight on Dec. 29. "She is open to dating." That doesn’t mean she’s planning on rushing anything, though. In August 2022, Gomez opened up about her philosophy when it comes to dating and relationships. “I hope to be married and to be a mom,” she explained on TaTaTu’s podcast Giving Back Generation, per Us Weekly. “I want a husband and I want that kind of touch. I think my love language would have to be physical touch … and acts of service. The older I’ve gotten, the more I really appreciate that.”
Gomez continued, “I went and hung out with someone who was a bit older and it was just so wonderful. It was like being taken care of in a way. Being like, ‘Are you comfortable? Do you need a blanket?’ Just very sweet things,” Gomez explained. “And I was like, ‘I’m fine, I don’t need anything.’ But it was just so kind and I don’t feel like a lot of people are like that anymore.” (Though she didn’t name any names, she was spotted in Positano, Italy with Italian producer Andrea Iervolino earlier that month. He’s 35 to Gomez’s 30, BTW.)
For months, there were no updates about Gomez’s love life, but now that she’s been spotted repeatedly with Taggart, that’s all changed. Need a quick catchup? Here’s a closer look at all of Gomez’s past romances — including the always-iconic Jelena.
Believe it or not, Gomez and Jacob Black — er, Taylor Lautner — briefly dated in 2009. The two reportedly met in Vancouver while she was filming Ramona and Beezus, and he was shooting Twilight: New Moon. "Kristen [Stewart] was staying in my hotel," Gomez recounted to Seventeen in August 2009. "He would visit her, so we were constantly running into each other in the lobby — and we ended up meeting." Gomez and Lautner went on a few dates after that, but the incessant paparazzi attention finally compelled them to part ways.
It may not have worked out, but Gomez told the magazine that it was a lot of fun while it lasted. "He is so sweet," she said. "Taylor has made me so happy. I didn't know I could be that happy."
Where to begin with this one? Gomez and Bieber's epic relationship reportedly began at an IHOP in Philadelphia in December 2010, hours before they both performed at the Q102 Jingle Ball. Gomez denied anything romantic, telling MTV News, "We were both performing in the same place, so we went and had pancakes together. That's all it is. All innocent." But soon enough, photos were snapped of the two kissing in St. Lucia, and then they showed up together at the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party, all but confirming their romance.
Here's where their timeline gets complicated. They reportedly broke up in May 2012, reconciled in December 2012, broke up again in January 2013, reconciled again sometime later in 2013, broke up again in November 2014, dated other people, reconciled again in November 2017, and broke up for a final time in the spring of 2018. In June 2018, Justin was spotted with his old flame (and future wife) Hailey Baldwin in Miami, and the saga of Jelena came to a close.
During a January 2020 interview with NPR, Gomez claimed that Bieber was emotionally abusive toward her during their relationship. However, when asked whether the relationship was "one of the harder parts" of her life, Gomez said that she instead found strength through it. "As much as I definitely don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about this," she said, "I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I've ever felt and I've found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible."
After Gomez and Bieber split in 2014, she reportedly starting seeing the founder and chairman of Royal Yacht Supplies, Tommy Chiabra. In July of that year, Gomez celebrated her 22nd birthday with Chiabra in St. Tropez, France, where they looked rather couple-y while riding jet skis and cuddling on the deck of a yacht. However, little more was reported about the budding relationship, and the rumors eventually fizzled out.
Rumors about a possible romance between DJ Zedd and Gomez started circulating in January 2015, when they were spotted holding hands at a Golden Globes after-party. Just a few days later, Gomez posted an Instagram pic of the two of them, which she captioned, "missing la and this punk, just a little tonight." They released "I Want You To Know" together in February of that year, and in March, Gomez opened up about the maybe-relationship on Radio Disney, calling her rumored beau "this cute little German" who has "really beautiful eyes" and who's "very sweet and funny." Unfortunately, just a month later, the two reportedly split.
During a June 2015 interview with a New Zealand radio station, Gomez seemingly confirmed their romance, saying, "I adore Anton [Zedd] a lot, and I definitely had a thing with him, which was nice." However, a few months later, Zedd admitted in an interview with Billboard that their relationship wasn't exactly a picnic. "Reporters were calling my parents," he said. "People were hacking my friends' phones. I was pissed. [Though] I kind of knew what I was getting myself into." Later, he added, "She is one of the most talked-about people in the world, but I had no idea how much that would change my life."
In November 2015, Gomez was spotted getting dinner with Samuel Krost, who now runs a philanthropic streetwear brand, Krost New York, and who happens to be close pals with the Hadid sisters. Soon after the maybe-date, Gomez shut down the rumors while chatting with E! at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, saying that, while she's dating a little bit, she's "definitely single."
Rumors persisted into 2016, with more sightings and an Instagram from Krost that suggested the two had spent New Year's together in Costa Rica with friends. There weren't many reported sightings of the maybe-couple after January, but in August 2016, Krost posted (and then quickly deleted) an Instagram that seemingly confirmed their rumored relationship. "Selena is a real girl with a real heart and real feelings," he wrote. "All you superficial who are just unhappy with your love lives, understand that love is real. Although we have ventured on separate paths, at least I know that love exists. I love you, Sel."
After Gomez and Charlie Puth collaborated on their 2016 hit "We Don't Talk Anymore," fans looked for clues suggesting something romantic, but it seemed like their relationship was just platonic — that is, until two years later. When asked about the inspiration for "We Don't Talk Anymore" during a February 2018 interview with Billboard, Puth alluded to a relationship that was "very short-lived, very small, but very impactful," adding that it "really messed me up." Though he didn't name Gomez, he did say, "I don’t kiss and tell, but the only way a song like that can come across as real is if there's something else going on behind the scenes."
Soon after, a source close to Gomez reportedly told People that the two "never dated," so the jury is still out on this one.
Gomez and The Weeknd sparked relationship rumors after they were photographed dining and kissing in Santa Monica in January 2017. By March, the two were Instagram official, and two months after that, they made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2017 Met Gala. That August, when asked by InStyle whether she was happy in her relationship, Gomez said, "I really am. It's great," later adding, "I'm lucky because he's more of a best friend than anything else."
In October 2017, People reported that Gomez and The Weeknd's 10-month relationship had come to an end. A source told the magazine that their busy schedules caused them to grow apart. "It's been hard for them to come to the realization that this is the direction things were heading," the source said, "but it's been hard for months." Did their breakup have anything to do with Gomez and Bieber's reported breakfast date the day before? The world may never know.
In August 2022, Gomez was spotted getting cozy with Italian film producer Andrea Iervolino while yachting in Positano, Italy. Later that month, however, a source denied the romance rumors. “Selena and Andrea are just friends,” the insider told Us Weekly. “She’s dating and is keeping her options open with a few guys.”
On Jan. 16, sources claimed that Gomez and Taggart were dating. After the duo was spotted on a bowling date and photographed holding hands, fans were pretty much convinced they were seeing each other — despite Gomez denying the rumors on Instagram. “#iamsingle,” she wrote in an IG Story, following the reports.
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