What really happened between Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner

Selena Gomez is living the single life and looking good doing it! In August, she flaunted her chic sense of style on TikTok and advocated the curly bob. “You think men think? I guess that’s it: do men think?” she asked her followers, debuting a hairstyle with light balayage ends. Gomez’s summer hairstyle is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her fresh style. From debuting on the barbiecore trend to appearing in a Cher Horowitz-approved outfit at Paris Fashion Week, the Only Murders In The Building star has turned sidewalks into catwalks everywhere she goes.

Fans are likely to appreciate that the singer and actress is making headlines for her fashion choices as opposed to her taste in men. Gomez – whose last long-term relationship was with The Weeknd circa 2017 – was a subject of tabloids for years thanks to her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber. Per Cosmopolitan, the two first hooked up in 2010. After many breakups and make-ups, they gave their romance one last try, but in March 2018, they were finally over. Bieber married Hailey Baldwin, and Gomez coped with it by posting the ultimate breakup bop. There was also some disorder in between, including short-lived romances with Zedd and Charlie Puth (on Gomez’s part) and a fistfight between Orlando Bloom and Bieber. But rather than dwell on the drama, let’s take a walk down memory lane to relive one of Gomez’s lesser-known, early relationships.

Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner love each other

Before Jelena there was Taylor Lautner. According to PopSugar, Gomez met the Twilight star in Vancouver while he was filming New Moon and she was filming the 2010 comedy Ramona and Beezus. “Kristin [Stewart] was in my hotel. He used to visit her, so we used to meet up in the lobby — and we ended up meeting up,” Gomez told Seventeen (via Us Weekly). However, things quickly fell apart due to the awkwardness between the two teens. “We went out to lunch and dinner, but I knew paparazzi were following him and I had paparazzi following me,” Gomez continued. “So we literally just wanted to hang out, go bowling and so that was a little too much I think. People got a little crazy about us.”

While Gomez and Lautner’s brief romance lasted less than a year, it remains one of the singer’s healthiest relationships to date. In fact, she only has positive things to say about the ever-popular werewolf. “He’s so cute,” Gomez told Us Weekly. “Taylor made me so happy. I didn’t know I could be so happy. You can probably see it in the pictures! I smile so broadly.” Even after their split, the duo remained on good terms while he dated Taylor Swift. Just check out Gomez and Lautner’s smiles at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (pictured above)!

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Selena Gomez is grateful for the time she spent with Taylor Lautner

Despite the short-lived nature of their relationship, Selena Gomez is glad she met Taylor Lautner when she did. “I went to Vancouver thinking I would focus on my work, but instead I met [Taylor]and it was the best thing ever,” she told Us Weekly in 2009. The whole thing is a far cry from what the former Disney Channel star thinks of other past partners , “Most of my experiences in relationships have been cursed . ..because it made me feel less than in previous relationships and never really felt the same.”

Despite being single as of this writing, Gomez has left fans guessing about her next serious relationship. On Aug. 17, TMZ sparked dating frenzy when Gomez was spotted leaving The Nice Guy in LA with Kylie Jenner’s ex Tyga. The Daily Mail also speculated that Gomez could be dating film producer Andrea Iervolino. However, a source told Entertainment Tonight in July that the “Lose You To Love Me” singer is actually single. According to insiders “[Gomez] is more open to love, but she is also very focused on herself and her work right now. She’s in a very sane place. She feels amazing and is very happy mentally, physically and emotionally.” It’s great to hear that Gomez is in such a good place after a turbulent few years in the dating world!