Is Selena Gomez Engaged To Justin Bieber Or Just Tabloid Engaged?

Fevered analysis of Selena Gomez’s recent jewelry choices has led some to believe she and Justin Bieber are engaged? As in, there’s going to be a wedding at some point and Justin will absolutely not be allowed to wear anything even remotely drop-crotch.

Post-Texas – where the pair were spotted making out at numerous locales over a weekend – capped by an erotic dance rehearsal video which could have turned out really naff but was actually epic – the Bieber-Gomez share of the Internet is now peaking with speculation.

Question is: Are Justin and Selena really engaged or just tabloid engaged?

Media has been wrong before. Actually, wrong’s too mild a word. Add up all the fake stories, the twin pregnancy, an intervention, a so-fake-it-hurts-graphic-text mess (those $#!* pictures never did surface did they?), and the fact that everyone got caught out by Texas — wrong is a place we hope to aspire to.

That said, Gomez was spotted wearing a thin, gold band on the finger that counts when she gave her inspirational – “Stay true to who you are” speech – at a We Day event in California last Wednesday. We actually missed the whole ring sighting, as we were mesmerized by the Latina’s box red Armani double-breasted suit and eyelashes.

The same gold ring was also on display when the 21-year-old accepted the Favorite Female Singer award at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 29. Bold as brass — but obviously, hopefully, not brass — it sat gleaming on Gomez’s left hand.

So, what are those who claim to be in the know, saying?

The Gossip Table” co-host Rob Shuter says the gift is a promise ring from Bieber.

He reports an insider says Selena is ridiculously happy but has lost friends and support of her family over her reunion with the Biebs.

“Everyone around her is terrified he might propose and they’ll elope. They feel like the world is against their relationship, like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. Who knows what they’ll do, we’ll just have to wait and see,” a source reportedly told Shuter.

Hollywood Life claims an insider said, “They are not engaged nor are they getting engaged anytime soon. It was nothing more than a fashion choice.”

Citing another purported insider, the outlet adds that although the ring is from Justin,

“It’s not an engagement ring, but they are back on and very serious.”

To be frank, we wouldn’t rule anything out. At this point in Bieber and Gomez’s young lives — impulse, hormones and idealized views on the ability of love to conquer all are power for the course.

As for eloping? In light of recent legal challenges, it could be useful.

Selena was hit with a nasty surprise last week in Los Angeles when she was served with a subpoena to testify at a deposition in lawsuit filed against Justin by paparazzo Jose Osmin Hernandez last June, according to E! News.

Duran alleges Bieber “delivered a martial arts-type kick” to his stomach in May 2012 when the then 18-year-old heartthrob was trying to reverse out of a parking lot at The Commons shopping center in Calabasas, California.

It’s alleged Gomez — who was on a date with Bieber at the time — returned to the scene to get her beau’s cellphone and apologized to Duran for the alleged attack.

The starlet is also set to be served with a second subpoena to attend a deposition for another paparazzo-led lawsuit against the “Baby” singer.

Incidentally, if Justin and Selena did get married she couldn’t be forced to testify against the naughty Canadian under what’s known as “Marital Privilege” in legal terms.

Maybe that gold band should be an engagement ring after all?