An eyewitness tells ET, “Selena and Zayn went out in SoHo in New York City last night at around 10:30 pm. They walked in holding hands and were kissing. Most restaurant staff and restaurantgoers didn’t notice them. It seemed like they were comfortable together and it was clear that it was a date.”
ET has contacted the representatives of Gomez and Malik for additional comment.
When TikTok user @klarissa.mpeg uploaded a text exchange with a buddy who claimed to be the pair’s hostess at an undisclosed restaurant in the city, rumors about the two people started circulating.
The TikTok user explained that she and her friend work at hot spots frequented by celebs before sharing a screenshot of their conversation in which the friend wrote: “Tell me how Selena Gomez and Zayn just walked into [restaurant] hand in hand making out and I seated them.”
Gomez’s love life has recently made headlines since earlier this year, there were speculations and rumors that she was dating Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers.
The “Paris” singer and the Only Murders in the Building actor have first seen bowling together in New York City, where an eyewitness told Page Six that the two were “making out” during their time on the lanes, while Gomez also took time to snap photos and sign autographs with some fans.
A source told ET the following day that the 30-year-old singer-actress and 33-year-old “Closer” artist “are dating, and things are still new.” The source also said the two “met through mutual friends in a friendly, low-key way, but had an instant connection and liked each other as people.”
Shortly after, Gomez seemingly shot down those speculations with a message she posted to her Instagram Story, saying, “I like being alone too much,” adding, “#iamsingle.”
Taggart and Gomez were spotted together once more as they left the Torrisi Bar & Restaurant in SoHo hand in hand a few days after she deleted the post.
“Selena and Drew are having a lot of fun together,” a source told ET a few days after they were seen. “Drew is really happy around Selena, and Selena is into Drew too. They have connected over their love of music, being in the same industry, and their strong work ethic.”
The source continued, “Drew appreciates that Selena understands his life. Things are going well between them.”
Malik, who had a daughter named Khai in 2020 with his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid, has remained largely out of the public eye while working on various projects, including speaking out in support of topics he is passionate about.
The musician wrote an open letter to Rushi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, in November to draw attention to the youngsters from underprivileged communities who cannot afford school lunches and to urge him to take action on their behalf.
The “Vibez”.singer shared the letter on his Instagram account “No child should have to suffer the trauma and stigma of hunger & poverty. We want every child to grow up healthy to lead productive lives. I am calling on @10DowningStreet to expand #FreeSchoolMeals to every child in poverty in England,” he wrote next to a copy of the letter.
In the letter, the “PillowTalk” singer asked for the prime minister’s help in ensuring that “no child living in poverty misses out on a hot nutritious meal at school especially since that school meal may be the only hot meal they receive all day.”
Malik remarked that the problem was personal because he had experienced the same things as a small child and had to deal with the embarrassment of going hungry in public.
“I know what that shame feels like, I have seen it first-hand, as growing up in Bradford, I relied on Free School Meals,” he wrote. “I personally experienced the stigma surrounding food insecurity. My hope is that in writing this letter we can all ensure that no child ever has to experience this hunger and stigma again as my experience is not unique; it is a struggle that many children in England are sadly going through right now.”
Malik urged the prime minister in a final paragraph of his letter to include funding for the Free School Lunch program in the budget.
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