The gossip mill has held it as a certain truth since at least 2015 that Niall Horan and Selena Gomez are privately dating, no matter their repeated protestations to the contrast. And said rumor mill has got a short frantic over the past few periods, after a some choice Instagram posts. In a new conversation with Australian radio station 90.9, Horan finally spoke the speculation, as spotted by Hollywood Life.
First, let me set the scene. In early October, Horan and Gomez’s mutual buddy, Courtney Lopez, gave a group shot in which Horan had his arm around Gomez. Then, a few days next, Horan posted a pic on his Instagram story, as Hollywood Life reports, in which he posed in the head of a billboard of Gomez. In a conversation a week or so later, Horan called Gomez “an absolute sweetheart,” adding, “She’s a really good friend right now.”
Their bond goes way back, too—as do the doggedly persistent lies. Back in 2015, they were rumored to have loved on the dancefloor at Jenna Dewan’s birthday party, as E! reports, while they were recognized riding a rollercoaster unitedly on the Santa Monica pier the same year. And in a 2017 interview, Horan accepted Gomez was his first childhood crush (alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
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with all of our schedules and travel, we don’t get to see each other as often as maybe we would like, but every time we do get to sit down and share a meal together, it makes me emotional and so happy. and seeing my favorite people embrace my now husband makes me want to cry. they’re really all family. ?
Yet here’s the deal: They’ve both repeatedly refused they’re dating, and we should take them at their expression. In October, according to Refinery29, Gomez posted on her Instagram story, “I’m not dating anyone. I’ve been single for two years. I’m on God’s timing not mine.”
And Horan said the equivalent in his latest conference. “Do I have a girlfriend?” he said. “No, I don’t.” He went on to make it crystal clear, calling himself “very much single, very much single.” Sorry, Selena shippers!
Horan also showed out the negative impact of implacable relationship rumors, commenting, “It doesn’t make a difference, if I am seeing someone or they’re just a friend of mine, I’m going out with them in the media’s eyes.” He continued, “That’s the most annoying part, isn’t it really? You can’t even be friends with a female.” Sounds like it’s about time to lay off the speculation and give Horan and Gomez a break.