All it takes is a simple Instagram follow for fans to start shipping two of their favorite celebrities. Last week, Zac Efron started following Selena Gomez, and fans immediately began to speculate about what it all means.
Just one day after Efron posted a happy birthday message to his brother Dylan (which many people are now calling a thirst trap), the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile star followed Gomez, and fans started dreaming of a world where the former Disney stars are madly in love.
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Happy birthday @dylanefron! Honestly, I never in my wildest dreams, would’ve thought that the little terror, devil, monster that was my little brother would turn into my very best friend. I’m so proud of the man you are today. Let’s save the world together- one waterfall at a time. Love ya little brother!
From the fandom perspective, an Efron-Gomez relationship makes perfect sense. They are both jaw-dropping hot, both of them are currently single, and they even starred in a movie together – Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, the timing of Efron’s follow is interesting because the day before he posted a pic where both he and his brother were shirtless, wet, and very muscley. Could there be an ulterior motive for Efron’s social media behavior?
Fans were so excited about Efron following Gomez that some even took screenshots of the moment. And, one even went so far as to photoshop Gomez’s face into a still shot from Efron’s 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud.
Gomez hasn’t followed Efron back, but that hasn’t dashed fan hopes yet. They are saying things like, “He would be an awesome and real man for her,” and “ARE YOU TELLING ME ZAC EFRON FOLLOWED SELENA GOMEZ OMG PLS DATE ALREADY IM WAITING SINCE 2009.”
In recent years, Gomez’s relationship with social media has been as on-again, off-again as her relationship with Justin Bieber because of her health issues. She has been known to take breaks from time to time, and last fall she told Elle magazine that she wasn’t “on the internet.”
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My sweet soul sister. Julia you have been a huge part of my life. You have taught me how to have courage when I have self doubt. This song is extremely close to my heart as I’ve experienced anxiety and know a lot of my friends do too. You’re never alone if you feel this way. The message is much needed and I really hope you guys like it!
She also talked about not having Instagram or any other social media apps on her phone because it isn’t real to her. And, she knows her voice is prominent, and she doesn’t want to be careless. Gomez says that she is living her life the way that she wants to, and she enjoys taking time to be with her friends instead of wasting time on social media.
So, maybe Selena Gomez hasn’t had the chance to return the favor and follow Zac Efron just yet.