Could Justin Bieber have competition? Selena Gomez and Bieber may not be together, but it seems another pop star has lust for Gomez. One Direction’s Liam Payne recently admitted his crush on the “Slow Down” singer. How does Payne compare to Bieber?

“Selena Gomez is hot,” Payne told Latina. “I’ll put that out there on the table.” Payne has a girlfriend Sophia Smith now, so he said “don’t tell the missus!” Harry Styles didn’t have anything to say, most likely because he dated her BFF Taylor Swift.

In the past, Gomez has said that Zayn Malik is “cute.” Malik had said before, "I'd definitely kiss her” about Gomez, too. Too bad Malik is now engaged to Perrie Edwards.

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The 1D boys including Payne are hot, talented and super-successful. But do they compare to Bieber? Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez may be apart right now, but they have a lot of years under their belt. Bieber and Gomez had been friends since at least 2009. Gomez revealed that they had met because Biebs’ manager Scooter Braun had called her mom.

“He's been in my life for so long and it's just nice to have someone that understands what you're going through,” Gomez said.  "I love Justin. When he first started to come over from Canada his manager contacted me and he just said that he would like to meet me and he was just such a good kid," Gomez said in 2010. "And I feel like a big sister now, 'cause I want to protect him. So I'm always very cautious with him, but he is so talented and he's so sweet, so that just started us wanting to work together. Now he's just become one of my good friends."

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Friends to something more, it seemed. Gomez and Bieber got together at the end of 2010 when they were seen going to get pancakes. "It was pancakes. Who doesn't like pancakes?” Gomez said at the time denying a romance. "We were both performing in the same place so we went and had pancakes together. That's all it is. All innocent." It was hard to deny any longer when Gomez and Bieber made their couples debut at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2011. They dated until earlier this year, but seem to remain friends (as much as exes can be).

There is hope however for Liam Payne. Bieber’s relationship with Gomez also started out with a crush! "Selena Gomez," Bieber said at age 15 about his celebrity crush, "No one heard that." We all heard that and we heard you too Liam!