Photos posted to Bella Thorne’s Snapchat earlier this week still have the internet buzzing. In the posts, the actress is seen kissing another woman.
According to J-14, that other woman was later revealed to be Thorne’s best friend — and also, interestingly, her brother’s ex-girlfriend — Bella Pendergast. Pendergast is a prominent figure on Thorne’s social media — the captions always make it clear how grateful Thorne is to have her best friend by her side.
After Thorne’s Snapchat started making waves, a fan asked the 18-year-old on Twitter if she’s bisexual, to which she had one simple and honest response.
In the days since, her fans seemed to have expressed complete support for the Disney star’s openness about her sexuality. She tweeted how grateful she is that her fanbase has been so loving.
Bella Thorne’s overzealous fans have also already begun sending her messages insisting that the “Bellas” make a great couple, even if Pendergast does reportedly have a boyfriend. Pendergast’s Instagram posts show her hanging out with a guy she appears to be quite close with, although we all know social media can only tell you so much of the story.
Thorne seems to be actively encouraging the fans who think she and Pendergast are “relationship goals,” though she hasn’t said anything outright. She has retweeted a few people who have commented positively on her relationship with her bestie, however.
Thorne’s reveal comes just days after she split from her boyfriend, actor Gregg Sulkin.
The pair dated for more than a year before revealing to People exclusively earlier this month that they were going their separate ways. They seemed to be a popular couple among their fans, so their fanbases weren’t too happy to see their relationship end.
As Seventeen reported, the actors released a joint statement announcing their breakup, citing busy schedules as the reason behind it.
“After much thought and soul-searching, we have made the difficult decision to end our relationship. We will always love each other and have a deep respect for one another, as we have each grown to be better people because of our time together. Our schedules made seeing each other difficult, and we decided that for now this would be best.”
The couple reportedly moved in together not long before deciding to part ways.
Their statement claimed it was an amicable split, so maybe it won’t be as awkward as it sounds when Bella Thorne and Gregg Sulkin reunite on a movie set.
The Daily News reports that Thorne and Sulkin, 24, will be working together on Drink, Slay, Love, a young adult vampire movie being created for Lifetime. Sulkin stars in the movie with Cierra Ramirez, while Thorne will be co-executive producing. The film is based on a 2011 novel by Sarah Beth Durst.
Thorne announced the news on her Instagram earlier this week, even praising Sulkin’s performance on the film.
“So happy to be executive producing this film and getting to work with the team again!! Watching dailies as we speak!!! @cierraramirez and @greggsulkin are killing it as leads!!” the actress wrote.
Hopefully there won’t be any post-breakup meltdowns on set. In fact, working together may even rekindle the romance.
In the mean time, Bella Thorne is single and ready to mingle. Oh, and if you’re an admirer who’s worried you may not have a shot at taking Thorne out on a date, check out this tweet:
Ultimately, though, whether Bella Thorne’s Snapchat posts were meant to imply a relationship with Pendergast or not, it’s clear she’s happy and comfortable with who she is, and that’s what everyone should definitely be cheering her on for.
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