Nearly two years after they virtually stopped hanging out, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez went out for dinner March 25 in LA. But why did they split in the first place?
Much to the chagrin of my HollywoodLife.com co-workers, one of my favorite pastimes is pondering the ins and outs of friendships in Hollywood. Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato‘s tumultuous relationship is one of my faves, so you can only imagine my excitement when the Disney starlets shocked the world by jointly tweeting a pic of themselves at dinner together in LA March 25. Has Delena buried the hatchet and come back for good?
To help us analyze this earth-shattering, life-changing situation most effectively, let’s take a look back through Selena and Demi’s relationship:
2000-02: Selena and Demi meet when they are 7, line waiting to audition for Barney & Friends in Texas. Selena has said they bonded while sweating it out in the heat. Coincidentally, they both got the job! Selena played Gianna and Demi played Angela — watch them in this old school clip:
2007-08: Lightning strikes twice! Selena nabs the leading role in the new Disney Channel show, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Demi is cast alongside the Jonas Brothers in the soon-to-be hit Disney movie, Camp Rock!
At this point, Selena and Demi become closer than ever. They fulfill a longtime dream of co-starring together in a movie and shoot Princess Protection Program for the Disney Channel and also record the single “One and the Same.”
Meanwhile, Demi and Miley Cyrus have become close. But Selena starts dating Miley’s ex-boyfriend, Nick Jonas, in the summer of 2008.
May 2009: After a whirlwind two years, Demi and Selena seem to have cooled off. Selena is filming Ramona & Beezus; Demi is working on her new Disney series, Sonny with a Chance, and the two starlets virtually stop chatting via Twitter.
January 2010: Paparazzi catch Demi on camera and ask her how Selena is doing. She snaps, “Ask Taylor,” meaning Selena’s new BFF, Taylor Swift. In J-14, both Selena and Demi talk about how they’ve changed and their friendship has evolved (read: ended).
March 2010: Demi starts dating Joe Jonas, who she’s liked for a long time. Coincidentally, Joe had broken Taylor Swift’s heart the year before, which puts Selena in an awkward position. At this point, Selena and Nick Jonas have ended their off-and-on again relationship.
November 2010: Demi has an emotional and physical breakdown and checks into treatment.
March 2011: Is the hatchet buried? During an interview, Selena says Demi is “doing well” post-treatment.
March 25, 2011: Selena, who’s now dating Justin Bieber, and Demi go out to dinner and then jointly tweet a picture of themselves, leading all of us to believe they’re on their way to mending their relationship once and for all!
I spoke with a Los Angeles-based expert, psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, who told me Demi, 18, might have rekindled with Selena, also 18, as part of her treatment program.
“Their highly publicized photo — announcing that they have kissed and made up — comes as a result of Demi’s treatment inspiring her to make amends, and Selena’s being on cloud nine because of dating the world’s most popular teen idol, Justin Bieber,” Dr. Lieberman explained. “They are both in optimistic and forgiving moods.”
She added, “But, it is likely that as their careers and love lives continue to have ups and downs, so will their rivalry and their relationship.”
For now, I’m just happy Selena and Demi are friendly again. I would hate to think they’d stay frenemies after being close for more than a decade! Do you think their closeness will last, or will they take sides against each other with Taylor and Miley again? Sound off below!