Niall Horan has just released his first single as a solo artist.
On September 29, “This Town” was released to fans and quickly, rumors regarding its possible reference to Horan’s alleged romance with Selena Gomez began to swirl. Although the singer has yet to confirm who the song is actually about, it may be a nod to the One Direction singer’s time with the “Revival” singer.
In the song, which is about heartbreak, Niall Horan sings about how he’s having a hard time as he watches an ex-girlfriend move on.
“From when we were the children playing in this fairground/wish I was there with you now,” he sings.
According to a report by Hollywood Life, Niall Horan and Selena Gomez have known one another for years now and likely considered themselves “children” when they first met.
“And I want to tell you everything, the words I never got to say the first time around,” he sings, possibly due to his regrets with Gomez.
As the outlet pointed out, Niall Horan and Selena Gomez never confirmed they were dating, but at the end of 2014, it seemed fairly clear that something was going on between them. In December of that year, the alleged couple was seen together at a birthday party and over the next few weeks, they were spotted hanging out with one another on several occasions. During one instance, Gomez flew to London where she joined Niall Horan at an X-Factor after-party.
Although Niall Horan and Selena Gomez appeared to be dating for weeks, their alleged relationship was extremely short-lived and during 2015, Gomez seemed to move on from the rumored romance with ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, and then with a potential new man, Samuel Krost.
In February of this year, an insider spoke to Hollywood Life and revealed why Niall Horan and Selena Gomez called off their reported romance just weeks after they were believed to have started seeing one another.
“The reason why everything cooled was because Selena didn’t want to take anything further. [Niall Horan] really was happy when they hooked up but now realizes it was a drunk hookup night that didn’t do anything more because Selena didn’t want it,” the source revealed. “He would have liked it to have been something but now that time has passed he realizes a relationship with Selena will never happen. And being her friend is an OK landing spot. He is not heartbroken, just disappointed that it never had the chance to be more.”
Months prior, a second source claimed it was Gomez who refused to commit to Niall Horan.
“Selena doesn’t want to commit to a relationship and [Niall Horan] doesn’t want to rush her or force her into anything. He doesn’t want to give her an ultimatum because he really likes her,” the source explained to Hollywood Life. “Niall is really taking things very well and believing it will all work out to his advantage in the long run. So they are not dating right now, but it is certainly not out of the woods in the future.”
For the past several years, Gomez has struggled to move on from her years-long relationship with Bieber and while she continues to be seen with other men, nothing serious has come of any of her relationships. Meanwhile, Niall Horan appears to be single as well as he embarks on his solo career.
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