It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone to learn that Selena Gomez’s first crush was a big celebrity with his own TV show, and that he’s tall, and funny, and…purple. That’s right, HollywoodLifers, Selena’s first crush was none other than Barney The Dinosaur.
Before there was Justin Bieber, before Nick Jonas ever romanced his way into her heart, and before Twilight star Taylor Lautner made his move, it was the affable Tyrannosaurus Rex, or rather, the handsome man inside the Tyrannosaurus Rex costume on the show Barney & Friends, who had Selena Gomez thinking, “When you’re ready come and get it.”
“Do you know what was really awkward? The guy in the suit was kind of attractive. At that time you are young, you’re seven and you are like ‘What are these things that I’m feeling, he is so attractive’,” the Spring Breakers star candidly revealed on the Alan Carr’s Chatty Man Show.
The attractive man Selena was referring to is David Joyner, a 52-year-old actor who will appear on the new season of the Showtime hit, Shameless. Selena played Gianna in seasons 7-8 of Barney & Friends when she was just 10 and 11 years old. It’s also how she met and befriended her co-star, Demi Lovato, 23.
The brunette beauty turned 23 in July and the Biebs, 21, helped her celebrate the milestone in song. “Justin serenaded Happy Birthday to Selena from his studio on FaceTime,” an insider EXCLUSIVELY revealed to HollywoodLife.com. “He started the conversation by holding out one red rose and pretended to give it to Selena through the screen. He knows Selena loves roses.” Either someone is trying really hard to win back the love of his life or he’s just trying to make her birthday special.
So what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Selena’s first crush creepy or cute? Sound off below!
— Suzy McCoppin