Not even a month into 2023, Selena Gomez and The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart have struck up the year’s first surprise romance. Shortly after Taggart shared images of his New 12 months’s Eve trip with ex-girlfriend Eve Jobs, Gomez and Taggart had been reported to be relationship casually. The 2 had been allegedly seen making out at a Decrease East Facet bowling alley on January 14.
They had been photographed out on a bowling date at The Gutter on January 15 of their first public sighting collectively. Page Six ran photographs on January 17.
Whereas Taggart is understood for being one half of The Chainsmokers together with bandmate Alex Pall, Gomez marks certainly one of his highest-profile romantic flings—although removed from the one. Right here, what to learn about Taggart and his historical past with Gomez.
Taggart is a 33-year-old musician who grew up in Maine.
Andrew “Drew” Taggart was born on Dec. 31, 1989, making him a Capricorn. (Capricorns and Cancers, Selena Gomez’s star signal, are actually a good astrological pairing.) He was born in Maine and grew up in Freeport earlier than going to varsity at Syracuse College. News Center Maine reported that his highschool lecturers remembered him as “a sort, good scholar” with a pronounced curiosity in music. Throughout his senior yr, he even did “an impartial examine venture the place he immersed himself in techno music and offered his music-making abilities to lecturers and college students,” the outlet wrote.
His mother Laura Girr described him as first turning into all for music when he was simply 5 years outdated and obtained a drum set. “He was all the time tremendous musical, music was all the time the factor he went to when he was pleased and unhappy. He was enthusiastic about music and had an insatiable urge for food for music of all types,” she stated.
Taggart and Pall created their group The Chainsmokers when Taggart was simply 22. They’re now the world’s highest-paid DJs.
Taggart obtained his bachelor’s diploma in music and leisure industries at Syracuse College in 2012, per his LinkedIn. That very same yr, he and Pall shaped their group in New York Metropolis. The 2 grew to become the world’s highest-paid DJs in 2019, in accordance with Forbes, bringing in $46 million from June 2018 to June 2019.
Hits just like the viral satirical monitor “#Selfie” (2014), “Roses,” (2015), and the Halsey collab “Nearer” (2016) gave the boys mainstream, Billboard chart-topping success as musicians.“Nearer” and “Don’t Let Me Down” (each from 2016) even obtained Grammy nominations, and the boys finally received a Grammy for Greatest Dance Report for “Don’t Let Me Down” on the 2017 ceremony.
Per Billboard, Taggart and Pall had toured yearly from 2014 to 2019 earlier than saying they had been taking a pause in 2020, proper earlier than the pandemic began. They launched their fourth album, So Far So Good, in Could 2022. The 2 additionally handle a VC fund, Mantis, and in accordance with Billboard, “depend billionaire non-public fairness CEO Jim Coulter amongst their mentors.”
Taggart and Pall are conscious the world views them because the “hard-partying, EDM-bro” kind, and have repeatedly stated in interviews that they’re totally different in actual life.
The duo first spoke to NME in 2017 about making an attempt to show they aren’t, the truth is, these individuals.
“Individuals are like, ‘Oh my God, they’re such bros,’” Taggart stated. “And we’re like, ‘No! We’re making enjoyable of bros!’”
Pall added, “I hope individuals can stroll away from this text with a deeper sense of our objective as artists and our true characters. We’re on this grey space the place individuals are like, ‘I don’t get it, are these guys assholes or not?’ I promise you, we’re not assholes.”
Taggart and Pall reiterated that time in Could 2022 to Billboard when reflecting on early protection of them and their portrayal of being bro-y partiers.
“I keep in mind studying that and considering, ‘I can’t imagine that is what individuals are going to consider us,’ and ‘Will we come off this fashion? I don’t wish to be this individual, you recognize?’” Taggart stated of their 2016 Billboard cowl story, which included a snippet of them taking tequila photographs backstage and speaking about “raging” each night time. “That was the most important factor. The fellows we examine there, I used to be like, ‘I don’t like these guys.’”
Billboard wrote that Pall and Taggart learn plenty of the tales about their picture, together with some with headlines like “Get Used To Hating The Chainsmokers.” They did admit to “having some bro in them,” the outlet wrote, however not fairly as excessive as they’re portrayed.
Taggart spoke about his psychological well being struggles in a Could 2022 interview with Billboard.
Taggart has spent a while in remedy and opened as much as Billboard in Could a couple of notably exhausting psychological well being second he went via shortly earlier than the coronavirus pandemic started.
“I used to be in a darkish place on the finish of 2019,” he stated. “I used to be on antidepressants. We had been on this huge tour, we had an album that wanted to be completed, and I went via this actually robust time of waking up and never desirous to do something that day. And there was a lot to get finished.” The 2 finally discovered their musical stride once more, which helped him via that second.
Taggart and Pall made headlines in early January 2023 for speaking about having threesomes with followers on the Name Her Daddy podcast.
Simply days earlier than Taggart’s Selena Gomez romance grew to become public, he and Pall went viral for discussing their previous having threesomes with followers whereas on tour on the Call Her Daddy podcast.
“It’s been a very long time,” Pall stated, by way of Consequence of Sound, “however within the early days—it was additionally the times after we—we used to must share the resort rooms. We’d be in Europe, they’ve the 2 beds, they don’t even cut up them aside. They actually have two singles. So it’s nearly like we had been compelled. By the European authorities as a result of they don’t separate their beds.”
Pall stated that the encounters “had been by no means deliberate.”
Taggart added, “I really feel like that’s how threesomes occur although.” He additionally specified that these threesomes by no means occurred with “die-hard” followers.
Information of Gomez and Taggart casually relationship broke on Jan. 16, 2023.
Us Weekly broke the information of Gomez and Taggart’s romance on January 16. A supply informed the outlet that they had been relationship, however their relationship was “very informal and low-key.”
“They aren’t making an attempt to cover their romance by sneaking round at members-only golf equipment,” the supply stated, including that they had gone on public dates like “go[ing] bowling and to the films.”
Customers informed unverified movie star gossip outlet DeuxMoi that Gomez and Taggart had been seen making out at a Decrease East Facet bowling alley on Saturday, January 14.
Us Weekly’s supply stated that Gomez has no reservations about displaying PDA with Taggart. “[She is] so affectionate [with him],” the supply stated. “Selena can hardly maintain her palms off him. [They’re] having plenty of enjoyable collectively.”
Taggart and Gomez had been first photographed collectively throughout a Jan. 15 date.
Page Six ran the primary photographs of Gomez and Taggart collectively on a bowling date. The 2 performed at The Gutter in New York Metropolis on January 15, 2023. An eyewitness informed the outlet that Gomez and Taggart had been “making out” like youngsters whereas there. Pictures simply present them bowling; no photographs of their PDA got here out. Each Gomez and Taggart’s reps had been contacted by Web page Six for touch upon the connection; Gomez’s rep by no means responded, and Taggart’s rep stated, “no remark.”
Neither Gomez nor Taggart observe one another on Instagram. Additionally they didn’t touch upon their romance when information broke.
Gomez and Taggart are conserving their romance non-public on-line for now. Neither adopted the opposite on Instagram the day information of their relationship got here out. Whereas the 2 had been lively on social media that day, they didn’t acknowledge the romance headlines both.
Taggart’s most up-to-date ex earlier than Gomez, Eve Jobs, disabled her Instagram when information of his and Gomez’s romance went public.
Taggart final dated 24-year-old mannequin Eve Jobs, Steve Jobs’ daughter. The 2 had been first reported to be relationship in September by Us Weekly. The outlet described their relationship as a “informal summer time fling” that grew to become extra.
When that very same outlet broke information of Taggart relationship Gomez, it additionally revealed that Taggart and Jobs had ended their romantic relationship beforehand. A supply informed Us that Taggart and Jobs’ cut up was “completely amicable,” and that they continue to be “associates [who are both] very mature and funky about going [their] separate methods.”
Actuality could also be just a little extra sophisticated, given the cut up was seemingly was very, very latest. Jobs disabled her Instagram when information of Gomez and Taggart’s relationship broke. Jobs and Taggart had just gone on a New Year’s Eve trip together (she seems within the carousel of photographs he shared from it), and he or she was reported to have shared a birthday tribute to him, which was captioned “pleased birthday lover.”
Taggart has dated a string of different well-known fashions previous to Jobs and Gomez.
Taggart’s historical past is filled with—you guessed it—It-girl fashions. Us Weekly reported that Taggart was linked to Meredith Mickelson and Haley Rowe and in addition dated Chantel Jeffries for a yr. His rep informed the outlet on the time of their March 2021 breakup information that he and Jeffries remained pleasant. “They broke up a month in the past,” Taggart’s rep stated then. “It was an amicable breakup, they usually stay associates.”
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