On Instagram, Gomez shared that her first love stirrings were ignited by Sprouse at the tender age of 11. She posted a video of herself visiting her old middle school, where she memorialized her love by writing on a wall with a marker. Classic tween behavior. “Apparently my heart was very conflicted between Juan and Cole Sprouse when I was 11,” wrote Gomez. She pointed out her love art: “Selena + Juan” in a giant heart, and right above it, in faded green ink, “Selena belongs w/ Cole Sprouse 4-ever.” The only thing missing is an etching on the wall.
The identity of Juan is unknown; he was probably one of Gomez’ classmates. Sprouse, of course, starred in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody with his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, and Gomez starred in Wizards of Waverly Place. Sprouse is currently dating his Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart, who has become a muse for his artistic fashion photography. Gomez is probably not pining away for this lost love — she’s too busy working on her beauty line and acting in movies.