AceShowbiz - Selena Gomez and Charlie Puth sparked dating rumors when they were working together on their collaboration "We Don't Talk Anymore" in 2016. Turns out there was something really going on between the two at the time.
In an interview with Billboard, the "See You Again" hitmaker admits that he and Selena briefly dated and "it really messed me up." He says about the song, "It's about a particular moment in my life, when someone very close to me wanted the attention of somebody else. When I found that out and we ended it, I might have done some shady things too, and she might have asked me, 'How long has this been going on?' "
The 26-year-old singer/record producer additionally reveals that the song was inspired by his brief romance with Selena, which came to an end because there was another person "on her mind," possibly her on-/off-boyfriend Justin Bieber. He shares, "I don't kiss and tell, but the only way a song like that can come across as real is if there's something else going on behind the scenes."
"And that's what was happening [with Selena]," he continues. "Very short-lived, very small, but very impactful. And it really messed me up. I'm trying to put this the best way possible: It wasn't like I was the only person on her mind. And I think I knew that going in -- what I was getting myself into."
"You gather up a bunch of emotion with the life shovel, throw it in the life bucket, mix it up," he says with a shrug. "And she evoked such good emotion on that song, it was a pleasure working with her. That's why I'm always happy to sing it, even though it came from a dark point in my life."
Back in April 2016, Charlie flat-out denied that he dated Selena. "I'm not dating Selena Gomez. There is nothing to say," he said. Following his shocking revelation, an old video of Charlie slamming Justin at a concert was brought to attention. He yelled, "F**k you, Justin Bieber," during his performance of "We Don't Talk Anymore" in Dallas and it all now makes sense.
Meanwhile, Selena reportedly is not happy that Charlie opened up about their dating history. "Selena wishes Charlie would have kept his mouth shut about what they had because she is definitely interested in keeping that kind of stuff and her dating life as much under wraps as possible," a source tells HollywoodLife.com.
"Now, she will definitely have to respond down the line, and it's just frustrating when people add their dirty laundry to a situation," the source adds. "She's learned from the first time dating Justin and The Weeknd that less is more, which explains her relationship with Justin now being much more under the radar."
Selena and Justin were recently spotted at his hockey game in Los Angeles. The couple's reunion on Wednesday, January 31 marks the first time they were seen together since returning from their New Year's trip to Cabo in early January.
The former Disney darling kept it casual in light-wash jeans, white sneakers and a gray hoodie as she came to support her beau. Although they arrived to the rink separately, they were later leaving together in his car, squashing split rumors.