A Resurfaced 2010 Tweet Suggests Zayn Malik Has Been Crushing on Selena Gomez For a Decade

Kevin Mazur | Stephen Lovekin/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images
Kevin Mazur | Stephen Lovekin/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images

Selena Gomez may have found a new direction in her love life. The "Only Murders in the Building" actor is reportedly spending time with "Pillowtalk" singer Zayn Malik. POPSUGAR has reached out to Gomez and Malik's reps for comment.

Rumors that Gomez and Malik recently stepped out together began when a TikTok user said in a March 23 video that her friend, a hostess in NYC, texted her that she had seated the pair together at an unnamed restaurant. According to the TikToker, her friend claimed she'd seen Gomez, 30, and Malik, 30, "making out." Since then, the TikTok community has been speculating about the "Spring Breakers" actor and the former One Direction member, but neither Gomez nor Malik has commented on the matter. Additionally, no photos from their purported evening out have been shared.

On March 24, a source told "Entertainment Tonight," "Selena and Zayn went out in SoHo in New York City last night at around 10:30 pm. They walked in holding hands and were kissing. Most restaurant staff and restaurantgoers didn't notice them. It seemed like they were comfortable together and it was clear that it was a date."

The pair may have been in contact for some time. In an unearthed tweet from way back in 2010, Malik appeared to spark up a conversation with the actor long before their most recent liaison. Malik, who was 17 at the time and had only just auditioned for "The X Factor," tried to hit up his crush. "@selenagomez hey :)," he casually tweeted in November 2010. Despite garnering 80,000 retweets, 102,000 likes, and 15,000 quotes at the time of this writing, his tweet originally went unnoticed by Gomez. At least publicly . . .

Three years later, Gomez was asked in a 2013 interview with "Extra" which One Direction member she would choose to lock lips with — and ended up picking Malik. In the uncovered clip, reporter Terri Seymour references a radio interview where all the One Direction members said they would want to kiss Selena Gomez. Seymour asks the then-21-year-old: "If you had to pick, who would you pick for a kiss?" In response, Gomez said: "Oh no . . . Zayn. Maybe, that's it, I'm done!"

Gomez was most recently linked to The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart, with whom she was spotted holding hands in New York in late January, per photos obtained by "Entertainment Tonight." That romance was seemingly short-lived, though, as Gomez posted a TikTok in March lip-syncing to the audio, "I hate it when girls are like, 'Oh my gosh, my crush doesn't even know that I exist.' Girl, my crush doesn't even exist!" She added in the caption, "Still out here lookin for him lol."

Malik previously dated Gigi Hadid, with whom he shares daughter Khai Hadid Malik. The pair split in the fall of 2021 amid headlines about Malik getting into a dispute with Hadid's mother, Yolanda Hadid.