Justin Bieber’s declares “I look like a sex Panther” in a selfie the same day his on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez admits she has crush on her Rudderless co-star, Billy Crudup.
Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.
While Justin and Selena have reportedly split, allegedly over his friendship and lunch meet with supermodel pal Kendall Jenner during Jelena’s Paris Fashion Week trip, most media commentators and fans think it’s only a matter of time before the couple reunite.
Selena revealed her admiration for Crudup when she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to promote her new film Rudderless, after wowing the crowd outside the Los Angeles studio in a navy Chanel and Tom Ford lace dress.
The brunette beauty completed her stunning look with Bardot hair in a loose ponytail.
The 22-year-old actress-singer told Kimmel she first noticed the now 46-year-old Crudup when he played Stillwater rocker Russell Hammond to Kate Hudson’s Penny in the 2000 movie Almost Famous.
“I had a crush on him,” Selena admitted, while giggling. “I went through my whole ‘Almost Famous’ phase, so I was like Penny Lane for a good month — I wore the outfits and had the hair and the glasses… and then I found out I was going to be a part of this movie [with Billy] and it took me a minute at first, because I kind of had a little bit of a crush on him.”
Naturally, Kimmel asked the Disney alum if Crudup was aware of her crush.
“No, gosh, no,” Gomez answered quickly, adding, “Well, evidently I’m telling him now… I don’t have to do press with him anymore, so it’s fine.”
“And the crush is over now that you’ve gotten to know him?” her host quipped back.
“Um, no, what are you saying?” Selena bantered with a smile. “No, no, he’s a great guy. He’s completely awesome. We had the best time.”
Which, sounds like the “Come & Get It” songstress is still burning a flame for Billy.
And it can’t hurt that there’s a good buzz building ahead of Friday’s release of Rudderless.
The film tells the redemptive story of a father (Crudup) who eventually finds healing after his son is killed in a school shooting, by bringing his son’s unheard musical demos to life with a band. Selena plays the former girlfriend of the young student.
While there’s no word on whether Billy feels the same way about his co-star, Justin made his “sex panther” status plain and clear alongside a snap of him holding what appears to be a beer.
The 20-year-old tweeted the pic after stepping out on Wednesday evening in The Grove in Los Angeles following a spot of shopping at Barnes & Noble.
(Photo: Justin Bieber is a “Sex Panther,” apparently.)
As ever, Bieber was trailed by paparazzi as he walked to his red Ferrari in a parking lot, which may have accounted for his less-than-happy expression.
But the Canadian seemed more than happy to stop for fans.
I MET JUSTIN I AM IN A PICTUTE WITH JUSTIN pic.twitter.com/MoQBu09glk
— trouble (@beccadeerwester) October 16, 2014
Meanwhile, Selena did happen to mention “the power of the selfie” on Kimmel.
It remains to be seen if Justin’s “sex panther” gauntlet will do the trick.
[Images via Gregg DeGuire/WireImage/Instagram.]