Selena Gomez And Niall Horan Have Fought Off Dating Rumors For Years

Selena Gomez has had relationships with plenty of high-profile celebrities, including Nick Jonas and The Weeknd. However, the "Lose You To Love Me" singer will always be known for her relationship with pop sensation Justin Bieber. Gomez and Bieber had a back-and-forth romance that lasted for several years, and many believed the two would eventually end up together. But, it seems like it wasn't in the cards for the former lovebirds as they officially called it quits in 2018. Between Bieber and her other relationships, Gomez has had her heart broken in more ways than she probably would have liked. Yet, despite all her heartache, the actor is still open to finding love.

The heartaches have essentially shown "The Only Murders in the Building" actor what she wants from a relationship, per People. Gomez said, "...I never want to lose the sense of love that I imagine it to be. I don't want to be jaded or bitter from anything. I believe that it exists. I'm happy waiting for that for however long it takes because we're going to be doing this forever." Many have been highly interested in Gomez's love life, and sometimes that sparks rumors,  especially if the singer is seen with a fellow A-list celebrity.

As it turns out, Bieber isn't the only dashing young singer romantically connected to Gomez. Case and point: Former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan and the "Same Old Love" singer have had to dodge dating rumors for several years.

Selena Gomez and Niall Horan spark romance rumors

In March 2012, Selena Gomez and Niall Horan were first connected at the Kid's Choice Awards — and it was only a matter of time before romance rumors began to swirl. At the time, Gomez was on a break from Justin Bieber, so people quickly assumed the Rare Beauty founder was moving on with Horan. However, nothing came from the speculated romance as she went back to dating Bieber.

In 2015, when Gomez and Bieber were once again on a break, it appeared that Horan was there to support her through the breakup. According to US Weekly, the two were spotted kissing at a birthday party in December of that year. Rumors only grew when One Direction's carpool karaoke was released days later, and Horan chose Gomez to marry in a game of sleep with, marry, and go on a cruise with. Nothing came from the pop singers' alleged relationship in 2015, and it wasn't until years later that they were connected again.

In 2019, rumors of a rekindled romance between Horan and Gomez resurfaced after they were spotted at a mutual friend's dinner, as documented on Instagram. That same year, "The Only Murders in the Building" star was seen at Horan's home as fans continued to speculate something romantic was happening between the two. But, again, it was nothing but rampant rumors. Still, fans believe Gomez and Horan have dated before. So, what have the two pop singers said about their alleged romance?

Niall Horan and Selena Gomez deny rumored relationship

It's a common misconception that when two single celebrities are spotted together, they must be dating. Niall Horan and Selena Gomez were the subject of romance rumors for years, but both have repeatedly denied any romantic involvement.

In 2015, Gomez addressed the speculation about her and Horan after reports of them getting friendly at a birthday party. In an interview with ET, the Disney Channel alum was asked if they were dating, to which she replied, "Oh my god! No! I love him, I always have. He's amazing.

By the time the two friends reconnected in 2019, Horan seemed tired of being asked about their alleged romance. As noted by the Daily Mail, during a radio interview in February 2020, the singer shared, "This petition I feel like has been going on for, I think, eight years. Myself and Selena are really good friends with the same group of mates." He also debunked a rumor that surfaced when Gomez was spotted visiting his house, saying, "I remember I saw this stupid article a while ago of her walking out of my house or walking into my house or something like that, and everyone was like, 'Oh they're together.' There was also about 15 other people in there for a barbecue." So, despite what everyone may think, it seems that Horan and Gomez have been friends all these years.