The rumor mill has held it as an absolute truth since at least 2015 that Niall Horan and Selena Gomez (opens in new tab) are secretly dating, no matter their repeated protestations to the contrary. And said rumor mill has got a little frantic over the past few months, after a few choice Instagram posts. In a new interview with Australian radio station 90.9, Horan finally addressed the speculation, as spotted (opens in new tab) by Hollywood Life.
First, allow me to set the scene. In early October, Horan and Gomez' mutual friend, Courtney Lopez, shared a group shot in which Horan had his arm around Gomez. Then, a few days later, Horan posted a photo on his Instagram story, as Hollywood Life reports (opens in new tab), in which he posed in front of a billboard of Gomez. In an interview (opens in new tab) a week or so later, Horan called Gomez "an absolute sweetheart," adding, "She’s a really good friend right now."
Their friendship goes way back, too—as do the doggedly persistent rumors. Back in 2015, they were rumored to have kissed on the dancefloor at Jenna Dewan's birthday party, as E! reports (opens in new tab), while they were spotted (opens in new tab) riding a rollercoaster together on the Santa Monica pier the same year. And in a 2017 interview, Horan admitted Gomez was his first childhood crush (opens in new tab) (alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
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But here's the deal: They've both repeatedly denied they're dating, and we should take them at their word. In October, according to Refinery29 (opens in new tab), 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 same in his latest interview (opens in new tab). "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, Nelena shippers!
Horan also pointed out the negative impact of relentless 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.
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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