Nathan Sykes may be dating Ariana Grande now, but could The Wanted singer have been in a relationship with Selena Gomez? Probably not, but the 20-year-old did admit to having a crush on Gomez before pursuing Grande, 20.
Sykes opened up to We Love Pop Magazine about his previous infatuation with Gomez, 21. "[Max George] follows someone on Twitter, then he is in the tabloids saying he is in a relationship. I started following the Selena Gomez and nothing," Sykes said (via E! News). "Where is my relationship?!"
Although Sykes wanted to romance Gomez, he thought it wouldn’t be right because he’s friends with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. "To be honest, I always liked Selena, but I really did not want to go that side because Justin would kill me!" he explained. "I would probably receive a call from [manager Scooter Braun] telling me to stay away!"
We’d be scared of Bieber’s wrath too! But that doesn’t mean Sykes didn’t admire Gomez from afar when he spotted the “Come and Get It” beauty at a Justin Timberlake concert. "I must have looked like a complete idiot. My friends were like, 'Just say hi,' but I could not even talk to her!" Sykes said. "But that's how I am. I'm very, very nervous around girls that I really like. I need to improve my game."
Sykes must have improved his game enough to woo Grande. The two announced their relationship on Twitter after much Internet buzz about the couple. “We hesitated saying anything as people can be a bit insensitive but thank u ♡ we value all of your happiness, thank you for valuing ours:)” Grande tweeted.
“So, I guess it’s obvious now … thanks to everyone who is being so lovely. I’m so happy #butweareterrified #pleasedontkillme #orariana” Sykes also tweeted from his account. These tweets came after Grande said "I'm happy. I'm trying to figure everything out. I'm 20," Grande told E! News. "I have a very open relationship with my fans, so I feel like when there's something to be said it will be said." The two were later seen at Disneyland together and couldn’t keep their romance a secret any longer.