Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez Friendship Timeline | Are Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez Still Friends?

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Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez’s friendship is anything but simple. The two have been friends—on and off—for more than 17 years and have experienced several phases of their careers together, from their Barney days to their Disney Channel years to their current lives as mega-pop-stars and tabloid fixations . And like most longterm relationships, Lovato and Gomez have had their complications. There have been breakups, makeups and everything in between. There’s been shade thrown and compliments given. But at the end of the day, the longtime friends always seem to find a way back to each other.
For those of us who grew up in the late ’00s, Lovato and Gomez were the pinnacle of friendship . They walked red carpets together, gave interviews together and vlogged funny inside jokes that only best friends knew. But over the years, the singers have grown apart. They’ve unfollowed (and refollowed) each other on social media and made new and closer friends along the way. We don’t know if Lovato and Gomez are still friends (they’re currently in the unfollowed stage), but judging from their history, we have a feeling that they’ll reconcile someday. Until then, check out this timeline of their 17-year friendship .
2002 – Barney and Friends

Lovato and Gomez’s friendship began in 2002 when they starred on Barney and Friends from 2002 to 2004. Gomez played a character named Gianna, while Lovato played a character named Angela. “ She and Demi were auditioning for the same things because they were the same age, they were both Hispanic , they both had dark hair—so she ended up going to a lot of auditions with us,” Lovato’s mom, Dianna De La Garza, told People in 2018. “They started out together! We had some great times together. They will always will love each other. There’s nothing that will ever come between them.”

January 2008 – Their First Vlog
While they were starring on the Disney Channel (Gomez on Wizards of Waverly Place and Lovato on Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance ), Gomez and Lovato spent their spare time vlogging. The vlogs ranged from inside jokes to stories about their days, but each one promised laughter from the best friends.
“And this is my best friend in the entire world,” Lovato said in her firstvlog with Gomez, published January 2008.
“And this is my best friend ever since we were seven years old,” Gomez responded.
“On Barney!” Lovato added.

August 2008 – Teen Choice Awards
Gomez and Lovato made their awards show debut together at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, where they were seen hugging, laughing and taking photos with The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus.

K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage.

May 2009 – Princess Protection Program

Gomez and Lovato starred in their first film together, Princess Protection Program , a Disney Channel original movie, in May 2009. The film, which was the first time the friends filmed together since Barney , follows a foreign princess (played by Lovato) who enters a protection program and meets an American teenager (played by Gomez) who teaches her how to live the American teenage lifestyle. Lovato and Gomez also released a song together titled “One and the Same” for the movie’s soundtrack.

July 2009 – People spread
In their first—and only—magazine spread together, Gomez and Lovato shot for People in 2009. In an interview that accompanied the photoshoot, Gomez and Lovato talked about their friendship and what a hangout with the best friends would be like. “We enjoy doing everything together. But our favorite is to chill at each other’s houses,” Gomez said.

January 2010 – “Ask Taylor”
First talk of a feud between Lovato and Gomez started in January 2010. Lovato was taking photos with fans outside her hotel in London when one asked her how Selena was doing. Lovato responded, “Ask Taylor!” referring to Taylor Swift. The comment was around the time Gomez and Swift’s friendship started blooming, while Lovato was becoming closer with Miley Cyrus.

May 2010 – Demi Suggests Selena Wasn’t a “True Friend”
In a May 2010 interview with Girl’s Life, Lovato talked about her relationship with Gomez, and how have grown apart. She also threw some not-so-subtle shade, suggesting that Gomez wasn’t a “true friend.” “We’re both busy, and I wish the best for her,” Lovato said. “True friends don’t let their friends or family be mean to you. If you can’t trust somebody, you can’t be friends with them.”
November 2010 – Selena Supports Demi After She Goes to Rehab
Lovato made headlines in November 2010 when she withdrew from her tour with The Jonas Brothers and entered rehab. After leaving rehab in January 2011, Lovato decided to live in a “sober house.” In a 2013 interview with Television Net, Lovato revealed that Gomez was one of the first people to reach out to her when she was in rehab .
“Nick especially—he’s always been there for me. And Selena because she called me crying when I was in there and was just so worried,” Lovato said. “I was like, ‘Look, I should be the one crying, it’s all good!’ But she was so worried and ever since then we’ve gotten closer.”
April 2011 – Teen Choice Awards
After rekindling their friendship, Lovato and Gomez walked the red carpet together at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. They even recreated their signature red carpet pose—back to back with interlocked arms—which they came up with when they were kids, dreaming of walking a red carpet together some day.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

April 2013 – Supporting Each Other’s Music
Both Gomez and Lovato released new music around April 2013. Gomez released her song, “Heart Attack,” while Gomez released “Come and Get It.” After their releases, the friends took to social media to compliment each other’s new music. “Umm.. obsessed with Come & Get It – @selenagomez. So happy for you lady. 
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