Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande are the newest celebrities earning a spot on the Are They Or Aren’t They Dating list. Their love story began with an ending, involving the breakup of Ariana and her now-former boyfriend Ricky Alvarez.
Grande, 23, and Ricky, 25, were first linked as a couple in the summer of 2015. She was seen locking lips with him in what became known as the “#Donutgate surveillance footage,” noted Us Weekly.
But while Ariana may still have a passion for pastries, she’s making it clear that it’s over with Alvarez by removing every picture containing him from her Instagram. Grande also turned to Twitter to express her views on her new freedom.
“Life is wild … and change is f–king fantastic.”
Among the changes she is pursuing, some think Justin Bieber is high on the list, with Teen Vogue reporting on speculation that Bieber has replaced Selena Gomez with Ariana.
The speculation is taking place on social media after Justin shared a photo of himself as Pikachu. He appears to have taken it from a fan account that is used to ship the singer with Grande, based on the watermark.
— Becky (@hecallsmeari) July 28, 2016
Twitter took up the #JelenaWillNeverRiseParty hashtag with joy, dividing into one side that urged Bieber and Ariana to get romantic and another side that wanted Justin to rekindle his romance with Selena.
— No litiges svp (@PinkSSelly) July 26, 2016
Grande played her own role in adding to the speculation with a similar photo.
This isn’t the first sign that some fans want Ariana and Justin (known as Jariana) to enjoy a romantic relationship. Back in April, Sugarscape noted that Jariana fans were shocked to learn that the singers had unfollowed one another on Twitter.
When an interviewer questioned Grande about unfollowing Bieber, she claimed she did not make that drastic decision, blaming it on a gremlin.
“I didn’t! I actually didn’t! I think it was like a glitch or something, because I didn’t,” the singer repeated.
Ariana also clarified the status of her relationship with Justin at the time.
“We haven’t spoken in months. He’s a great guy. He’s a great artist,” praised Grande.
“We have a nice friendship. There’s nothing going on.”
Now that Ariana is single again, however, with Bieber a free man as well, will Jariana fans have their dreams come true?
— OCEANUP (@OCEANUP) July 28, 2016
Amid the speculation about what those new parallel photos on Instagram meant, some noted a different interpretation: A shared love for Pokémon.
Both Ariana and Justin have been candid about their passion for Pokémon. Bieber recently happily played amid a huge Pokémon GO crowd outside Central Park, going virtually unnoticed among the New Yorkers focused on hooking a rare Pokémon, reported the New York Daily News.
Justin reportedly exited a car surrounded by six bodyguards, but most of the players were so focused on their phones that they ignored him. Bieber’s manager captured the image, pointing out the way that the singer managed to blend into the game-playing crowd.
“@justinbieber and @alfredoflores in nyc looking for Pokemon and no one looks at who is next to them,” wrote Bieber’s manager in the caption.
Ariana also has revealed her obsession with the game, sharing on Instagram some of her catches noted MTV News.
“A beautiful thing. Pokémon bringing people together all over the world,” posted Grande. “Even though nobody’s speaking to one another / everyone is walking into poles.”
But as for the possibility that Ariana is pursuing Justin as well as some rare catches, Gossip Cop investigated a report that Grande had her “sights set on Justin Bieber” after her split from Alvarez.
Ariana is not chasing after Justin, according to Gossip Cop‘s sources, nor is there any evidence that a hot hookup between the two is likely to occur in the near future.
Unless it’s while they’re walking into the same poles playing Pokémon, that is….
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