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What Were Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift Whispering About?

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Shoutout to whoever was operating the Golden Globes audience cam during Sunday night’s broadcast for bringing us the essential moments we may or may not have been intended to see. Those included multiple shots of Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner kissing, as well as perhaps the most discussed moment of the night: a very dramatic huddle between Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Swift’s friend Keleigh Sperry.

Partway through the show, the cam cut to a snippet of Gomez at Swift’s table, where she appears to be saying something undecipherable but absolutely shocking. In the clip, Gomez leans over to whisper; in response, Swift gasps and Sperry’s jaw drops. Naturally, the moment left viewers with one pressing question: What did Gomez say to Swift?

Wasting no time at all, TikTok and X sleuths got to lip-reading, and they have some theories about the exchange. The leading (and now denied) theory, posited by X user @allurequinn, is that Gomez said: “I asked for a picture with him and she said no,” seemingly referring to Chalamet and Jenner, causing Swift to gasp. Sperry asks, “With Timothée?” to which Gomez responds with a dramatic nod.

This claim snowballed to the point where someone from Gomez’s camp had to shut things down. In a statement to People, a source said that the Only Murders in the Building actress was “not referencing anything about Timothée or Kylie.” In fact, according to this source, Gomez “never even saw or spoke to them.” A day later, after E! News shared a post asking,“Was Selena Gomez gossiping about Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet?” Gomez responded herself. “Noooooo I told Taylor about two of my friends who hooked up. Not that that’s anyone’s business,” she wrote in the comments, as screenshotted by the account @CommentsByCelebs. Not a response that seems likely to shut down much speculation, but okay. Meanwhile, TMZ harassed Chalamet into saying “of course” he and Gomez are cool and denying there’s “any beef” between Gomez and Jenner.

It’s not the first time social media has run wild with speculative drama between Gomez and Jenner. Last year, after Gomez said she accidentally overlaminated her eyebrows, Jenner posted a photo of herself with “this was an accident???” scrawled on her brows and a photo of Hailey Bieber’s brows, causing loyal Gomez fans to accuse Jenner of making fun of Gomez. That theory got enough attention on social media that Jenner eventually addressed it, commenting: “this is reaching. no shade towards selena ever and I didn’t see her eyebrow posts! u guys are making something out of nothing. this is silly.” Gomez responded: “Agreed @kyliejenner It’s all unnecessary. I’m a fan of Kylie!”

That episode ended with Gomez announcing that she was taking a social media break. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that on Tuesday Gomez said on her Instagram Story that she’s taking another break. “I’m off social for a while. I’m focusing on what really matters,” she wrote over a video of her boyfriend, Benny Blanco, playing with two children.

This post has been updated.

What Were Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift Whispering About?