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, making a case for the curly bob. "Do you guys think that men think? I guess that's it: Do men think?" she asked her followers, debuting a hairstyle with light balayage ends. Gomez's take on summer hair is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her fresh style. From debuting her spin on the Barbiecore trend to stepping out in a Cher Horowitz-approved outfit at Paris Fashion Week, the "Only Murders In The Building" star has been turning sidewalks into runways everywhere she goes.

Fans likely appreciate seeing the singer-actor make 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 the subject of tabloid scrutiny for years thanks to her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber. Per Cosmopolitan, the two first coupled up in 2010. After lots of breakups and make-ups, they gave their romance a final try, but by March 2018, they were over for good. Bieber went on to marry Hailey Baldwin, and Gomez coped by releasing the ultimate breakup bop. There was also some messiness in between, including short-lived romances with Zedd and Charlie Puth (on Gomez's part), and an Orlando Bloom-Bieber fistfight. But instead of dwelling 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 have love for one another

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 shooting the 2010 comedy, "Ramona and Beezus." "Kristen [Stewart] was staying in my hotel. He would visit her, so we were constantly running into each other in the lobby — and we ended up meeting," Gomez recounted to Seventeen (via Us Weekly). However, things quickly fizzled out between the two teens due to the inconvenience of their mutual celebrity status. "We would go out to lunch and dinner, but I knew he had paparazzi following him, and I had paparazzi following me," Gomez continued. "So we literally just wanted to hang out, go bowling and stuff, and it went a little too far, I think. People were getting 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 has only positive things to say about everyone's favorite werewolf. "He is so sweet," Gomez told Us Weekly. "Taylor has made me so happy. I didn't know I could be that happy. You probably see it in the pictures! I'm smiling so big." Even after their breakup, the duo stayed on good terms, while he went on to date Taylor Swift. Just check out Gomez and Lautner's smiles at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (pictured above)!

Selena Gomez is grateful for time spent with Taylor Lautner

Despite the short-lived nature of their relationship, Selena Gomez is happy she met Taylor Lautner when she did. "I went to Vancouver thinking I was going to focus on my work, but instead I got to meet [Taylor], and it ended up being the best thing ever," she told Us Weekly in 2009. The whole thing is a far cry from how the former Disney Channel star feels about other past partners. In a 2021 interview with Vogue Australia, Gomez said that, "most of my experiences in relationships have been cursed ... because I felt so less than in past relationships, and never really felt equal."

Though Gomez is single as of this writing, she's kept fans guessing about her next serious relationship. On August 17, TMZ sparked dating buzz when Gomez was spotted leaving The Nice Guy in L.A. 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 indeed single. According to the insider, "[Gomez] is more open to love, but she is also very much focused on herself and her work right now. She's in a very healthy place. She is feeling fantastic, and very mentally, physically, and emotionally happy." It's nice to hear Gomez is in such a good place after a tumultuous few years in the dating world!