Selena Gomez Is Spending Time With NBA Player Jimmy Butler, but It’s Not What You Think

It may seem like Selena Gomez has a new man in her life, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

The Disney Channel alum recently sparked romance rumors with NBA star Jimmy Butler after the two were spotted grabbing dinner together in New York City. While their outing “seemed like a date” to social media users, it turns out that things between Gomez and Butler are “very casual” as the pop singer isn’t looking to settle down anytime soon.

Selena Gomez and Jimmy Butler
Selena Gomez and Jimmy Butler | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images; Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Despite going on a few dates with Jimmy Butler, Selena Gomez is keeping her options open

The internet is currently abuzz with rumors that Gomez is dating Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler.

Speculation surrounding the pair’s relationship first surfaced last month after the Instagram account Deuxmoi posted a screenshot of a user claiming to have spotted the celebrities on what “seemed like a date,” per the Miami Herald.

While neither Gomez nor Butler has publicly addressed these dating rumors, E! News recently revealed what’s really going on between them.

According to the outlet, the “Lose You To Love Me” singer has hung out with the NBA star “a few times.” However, she isn’t in a rush to settle down and is keeping her relationship with Butler “very casual.”

“They hung out a few times while Selena was in New York City. Jimmy asked her to go to dinner and they had a great time,” an insider shared. “It’s very casual and she’s open to seeing where things go, but isn’t settling down just yet.”

The source added that the singer “is currently single but has recently been more open to dating.” The insider also notes, “her friends want to set her up all the time but she has loved being single.”

Selena Gomez is prioritizing her health over dating

Though she is open to dating again, putting herself back out there isn’t something Gomez is ready to do just yet, mainly because of her health.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and her lupus diagnosis, the former Disney Channel star has been extra cautious about dating and going out in general in 2020.

“Selena has been very careful with her health this year and has barely left her quarantine bubble,” a source shared. “She’s been extremely busy working from home on her new beauty line and is very proud to have launched that during a pandemic. She’s been enjoying cooking at home and only seeing a select few friends and family members regularly.”

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It’s been a few years since Selena Gomez was in a serious relationship

Though Gomez and Butler aren’t dating, their recent outing marks the first time the actor has been spotted out with someone in two years.

As fans of the Disney Channel alum will recall, her last serious relationship was with pop sensation Justin Bieber, whom she was in an on-again, off-again romance with for nine years.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez | Barry King/FilmMagic

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Unfortunately, the pair called it quits for good in the spring of 2018, and a few months later, Bieber shocked the world by marrying supermodel Hailey Baldwin (now Bieber).

Since then, Gomez has been living the single life. Though she’s enjoyed not being tied down to anyone, she previously admitted that she sometimes struggles with the idea of being single in the long term. 

“Some days when I wake up and I’m annoyed and I’m like, ‘I’m going to be alone forever,'” she said in a lyric explainer video for Genius in March 2020. “But after that 15 minutes goes away, I say to myself, ‘I know that there’s someone for everybody.'”