I have two big questions about this news story, in which a vacationing Selena Gomez wore a diamond on her ring finger, prompting rumors that boyfriend Justin Bieber had proposed.
1. Why would the paparazzi jump to the conclusion that she was getting married when she’s just 19?
2. Why would she taunt the press by wearing a specific ring on that specific finger?
It’s not as if Selena needs any extra attention; she’s one of Disney‘s prized triple-threat superstars, with a rabidly loyal Twitter following and the single most desirable boyfriend for the under-21 set.
You hear about “celebrities” like Kim Kardashian arranging paparazzi moments where it looks like she might be engaged, just to get more press. If Selena were trying to work that angle, it would just look tacky. Or maybe she had the same train of thought I did and figured that the press would know that she’s far too young to settle down, so it didn’t matter which finger she wore a diamond on.
Selena’s rep assured Us Weekly and the rest of the world that the teen power couple were not getting hitched; though ironically they are in Cabo San Lucas celebrating a wedding. Selena is a bridesmaid for Shannon Larossi, the costume designer for her show Wizards of Waverly Place. [tagbox tag= "Selena Gomez"]
The Justin-Selena marriage rumors have been going strong since Selena confirmed to Z100 that they were dating in March 2011. Sites will just make up rumors that Justin has a proposal planned; one said it was after the shock of Sean Kingston‘s jetski accident, another said it’d be for her birthday. If anything, it sounds like they have opposing views on it: Justin’s been quoted as saying that he wants to be married by 25, whereas Selena told Teen Vogue in May,
I’m at a point where I want to be in love, to give my all and fall head over heels. I’m eighteen. I’m not going to marry anybody I’m with, and I know that. The next heartbreak I have, I’m sure I’ll be like, How can I live without this person? But I’m still trying to dive in and enjoy it.
It’s unclear if she were talking specifically about Justin or more generally about anyone she might date at this age. But he might want to get to her before her fans do; in this cute video, a young fan asks for her hand:
We’re also curious to see if her views on premarital sex have changed. In 2008, she gladly told Extra that she had asked her father for a promise ring, so he “went to the church and got it blessed.” Yet photographes noticed it absent from her finger when she hung out with Justin in late 2010, long before she actually acknowledged they were dating.