Selena Gomez Said She Wants to Date Zayn

Selena Gomez.
Selena Gomez.

Sometimes it really does feel like celebrities are using the public as unsuspecting pawns in their romantic quests. Case in point: Selena Gomez’s latest InStyle U.K. cover. Famous people can’t easily join Tinder to broadcast their single status, so Gomez did what anyone with access to a cover story would.

Step one: Admit you’re in the dating market, but don’t be desperate about it. “I hate it,” she told the magazine, wincing. “It’s hard and I’m weirded out by the idea that a guy has googled me before we meet, and that has happened.”

Step two: Clear things up with that hanger-on of an ex. “I’m just tired of talking about it,” Gomez said, about Justin Bieber. “I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.” That’ll do.

Step three: Make your desire to date Zayn Malik crystal clear. “If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,” she said.

Step four: Regain control by insisting you wouldn’t actually date someone younger. “I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys.” (Zayn is 22 to Gomez’s 23.)

Watch out, Gigi.