Fans are curious to know whether or not Selena Gomez has ever dated a woman, given that she has dated a number of famous men, including Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas, and because she plays a famous gay Peruvian mountain climber, Silvia Vásquez-Lavado, in the new biopic, In the Shadow of the Mountain.
Despite persistent speculation, Selena Gomez's sexual orientation remains unknown. Fans rallied to her defense when it was revealed that Selena Gomez would play Silvia Vásquez-Lavado, saying that despite appearances, she is in fact bisexual and is not Peruvian.
So, what's the deal? Is Selena Gomez Bisexual, or are we just projecting that onto her?
Is Selena Gomez Bisexual?
While Selena has opened up about her struggles with mental illness and her exploration of sexuality, she has never proclaimed, “I am bisexual,” so any conclusions we draw must remain conjectural.
Casting Selena in an LGBTQ+ character has brought her back into the public eye and has sparked renewed conjecture about her personal life. During an interview with PrideSource in October 2015, Selena was asked if she ever questions her sexuality.
Yes, of course, I do. Absolutely. It's necessary, in my opinion, to take stock of one's inner self, to question and test one's assumptions. It's inspiring that Selena isn't afraid to question her own identity.
Selena's Bisexuality Has Been the Subject of Numerous Rumors
There have been reports that Selena is dating and hooking up with other women, and while we don't encourage outing anyone, these rumors have been reported by various gossip columns and online sites.
One of the most famous examples is when Selena Gomez was rumored to be dating Cara Delevigne after the two were spotted dancing together at a bar and vacationing on the French Riviera.
Given that Cara is out as bisexual, dating rumors between the two were inevitable; Selena has even admitted that she “loved it!” In addition, ExposingMSG, a gossip blog, dug extensively into the rumor that Selena dated her backup dancer, Charity Baroni.
However, there appears to be some credibility to their speculation. Beginning in 2013, Selena shared numerous photos of herself with Charity with captions like “mine” and “my…” Others on the dance crew reportedly saw Selena and Charity making out, and when asked, Selena named Charity as one of her “girl crushes.”
In addition, Selena and her best friend Julia Michaels posted photos of themselves in 2019 with matching tattoos and a passionate kiss on the lips. People would definitely speculate about a connection if Julia was a boy,” said one fan, while another said, “Wow, this is such a cute friendship.”
Selena's Admirers Hold Out High Hopes That She Is Bisexual
Identity is now a crucial factor in the casting process. This is typically the case when actors with social advantages (whether in terms of ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation) are cast in roles originating from marginalized groups.
By denying actual members of these communities access to employment, this casting practice helps to maintain their disadvantages. Some notable instances include Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of a gay character in Brokeback Mountain and Emma Stone's portrayal of a Hawaiian in Aloha.
We can't imagine Selena wanting to let down her LGBTQ+ audience. Executive producer and Selena's inspiration Silvia Vásquez-Lavado thanked her on Instagram, writing, “honored and touched for the bold, talented, and brilliant in taking the starring role and as producer.”
As long as Silvia is on board, we are, too. Whether Selena is an out and proud bisexual queen or not, Silvia has faith in her since she is an adventurous, brave, and continuously questioning person.