Despite Their Denial, These Stars Turn Their Friendship Into Romantic Relationship

Even after these celebrities continuously debunk rumors that their relationships have turned from platonic to romantic, some secrets just can't be kept hidden for a long time.

AceShowbiz - Celebrities becoming friends with one another is not something uncommon in the industry, with them even showing off how strong their friendship is through several platforms. However, in a lot of cases, their friendship turns into something romantic the more they spend time together. And while some stars admit that they have upgraded their status to a couple, some others do not.

Despite being constantly suspected that their friendship had blossomed into a romance, these celebrities kept debunking the rumors and insisted that they were nothing more than friends. Obviously, some secrets just couldn't be kept hidden for a long time as these stars later confessed to being romantically attracted to one another and went public with their relationship.

Here, we have listed several celebrities who have denied there was anything romantic going on in their friendship. Let's check it out!

1. Katharine McPhee and David Foster

Katharine McPhee and David Foster

Long before they started dating, Katharine McPhee and David Foster had already been good friends ever since she joined as a contestant in season 5 of "American Idol". The latter even helped her practice during the competition and attended as a special guest at her wedding to Nick Cokas in 2008. Nothing seemed strange at the time, until they were spotted getting cozy at Nobu Malibu later in May 2017, after she ended her marriage to Nick.

Despite their PDA-filled outings, Katharine kept insisting that she and David were just "very close friends." People didn't believe that obviously, given that the pair continuously put on loved-up displays whenever and wherever cameras spotted them. In the end, the two made things official by making a red carpet debut as a couple at the 2018 Met Gala, before getting married a year later.

2. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

What started off as a pure friendship on the set of "The Vampire Diaries" turned into a romantic relationship for Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. The two became good friends after starring on the series together, but eyebrows started to raise about the potential hook-up alert between them after they spent time at the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef together back in 2010.

As the rumors started to swirl, Nina was quick to pour cold water to the speculation by insisting that she wouldn't date her co-stars. But with their continuous loved-up displays, it was only natural that people didn't flat-out believe what she said and kept speculating they were dating. Just like what everyone had suspected for more than a year, Nina finally admitted to being romantically involved with Ian in a magazine interview, though they later broke up in 2013.

3. Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas

Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato's chemistry in "Camp Rock" was so undeniable that a lot of people were hoping that the two would upgrade their friendship into romance. Even then, they continuously denied their romance, with the songstress saying that dating her co-star was "never gonna happen" and constantly calling the Jonas Brothers member her "best friend."

Despite her declaration, Joe and Demi ended up admitting to dating later in March 2010, though their romance only lasted for a couple of months. Talking about their relationship, Joe said, "I felt like I needed to take care of her, but at the same time, I was living a lie because I wasn't happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her because she needed help. I couldn't express any of that, of course, because I had a brand to protect."

4. Scott Disick and Sofia Richie

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie

Considering their huge age differences, it was surely an eyebrow-raising moment when Scott Disick and Sofia Richie were spotted hanging out atop a yacht together in May 2017. But before people started speculating that they were romancing each other, the young model took to Twitter to write, "Just so everyone can get their panties out of their a***es, Scott and I are just homies."

But Sofia was surely lying to the world at the time. After all, just weeks after debunking the rumors, she was seen walking arm-in-arm with Scott in Malibu, before the reality TV star posted a photo of him nuzzling to her neck. And that was clearly not something that "homies" would do. Months after the rumors first emerged, the couple finally went Instagram official in October and has been going strong ever since.

5. Ariana Grande and Big Sean

Ariana Grande and Big Sean
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Ariana Grande and Big Sean's friendship first started when the latter was featured on the singer's 2013 single "Right There". But given that both of them were romantically linked to other people at that time, no one suspected that they had moved past the friendship stage, until the collaborators released another joint single, "Best Mistake", in 2014.

Both Ariana and Sean were single when they released the song, so it didn't take long for people to start speculating whether they had taken their friendship to the next level. At first, the pair played it coy and said that they were "just friends," but judging by their Instagram flirting and surreptitious hand-holding, the rumors didn't die down just like that. Ariana finally confirmed the rumors during an interview in October 2014, before they split up amicably a year later.

6. Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse

Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse

"Riverdale" cast members are known for their close friendship. This includes Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, though these two had been getting fans hoping that they were more than friends due to their on-screen romance. And their hope just got stronger when Cole began posting photos of Lili on his Instagram account, in addition to their social media flirting. However, Cole suggested in an interview that their off-screen romance was all in fans' heads.

He said, "People have wanted every actor on this show to be in a union that they could make real. Truthfully, it's very pleasing that people talk about Lili and I in that way because it means that we're resonating so strongly that people really want that to be true." That didn't stop fans from shipping those two, though, considering that Cole and Lili were still flirting on social media. Finally, in April 2018, Lili confirmed to paparazzi that they are indeed a couple.

7. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are undoubtedly one of the most powerful couples in the Hollywood industry. However, before they are given the title, the two actually started off as longtime good friends who often showed support to each other in their ventures. It wasn't until 2012 that Kim and Kanye sparked dating rumors, when the latter admitted to falling in love with the reality TV star on his song "Cold".

Despite the public declaration, Kim insisted that the two were just friends and stayed coy about their blossoming love at the point. "I mean just 'cause I'm seen with someone, does that automatically mean that's my boyfriend?" she said. Funnily enough, just months after denying, Kim later went public with their relationship through a sweet tweet bragging about her then-boyfriend. Kim and Kanye are now married and share four children together.

8. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

Having been friends for years, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello just couldn't seem to escape dating rumors ever since they released their first duet, "I Know What You Did Last Summer", in 2015. Even though they had firmly denied there was anything romantic going on between them, the speculation only got stronger when they released "Senorita" earlier this year. Making people more convinced were their numerous PDA-filled outings, despite their continuous denials.

With a lot of people constantly bombarding them with questions about their dating rumors, Camila apparently had had enough of it and finally confirmed their relationship in an interview with Elle magazine. She said of their romance, "People can say whatever they want to say. They can speculate, but at the same time, we are going to live our own lives, enjoy it and fall for each other like nobody is watching."

9. Kylie Jenner and Tyga

Kylie Jenner and Tyga

Even before Tyga and Kylie Jenner started dating, the rapper has been friends with her family for a long time and even performed at Kendall Jenner's 16th birthday party. The pair clearly kept in touch after that because later in 2014, they were seen doing community service together and visiting sick children in the hospital. People had already been speculating that Tyga and Kylie might be an item, but given that the latter was only 17 at the time, the two continued to insist that they were just friends while simultaneously going on movie dates and appearing on each other's social media post. Who would believe their denial with that?

Tyga and Kylie only stopped denying their dating rumors once Kylie turned 18 a year later and made their red carpet debut as a couple at Cannes along with Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble. Despite all the criticism surrounding their relationship due to their age gap, Tyga and Kylie kept going strong until they finally called it quits in 2017.

10. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have gone a long way since their awkward meeting back in 2009. The two stayed good friends over the years, before igniting dating rumors after the Canadian star called it quits with Selena Gomez. Although Hailey insisted that they were nothing more than friends, people were not convinced enough and continued making speculation until the two finally confirmed their romance through a kissing photo on Instagram in January 2016.

Their relationship didn't last that long because they broke up after six months, though those who ship Justin and Hailey together did not have to stay heartbroken for so long as they later reconciled in 2018. The couple is now even happily married and recently celebrated their second wedding with close friends and family.

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