Demi Lovato certainly wasn’t alone when she revealed her crush on Mike Johnson, the former Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant who quickly won America over, with plenty of people vying for him to become the next Bachelor. But soon enough, eagle-eyed fans noticed the two celebs exchanging cute online banter, and now, Demi and Mike have reportedly taken their flirtation to an IRL level.
According to People, the singer and the reality star have been “hanging out and getting to know each other.” A source told the outlet that Demi and Mike have been “talking privately for a bit” since connecting on social media.
E! News also reports that the two have gone on a date, with a source sharing that they “have a lot in common” and that “it’s been going well.”
Fans started shipping Demi and Mike back in July after the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer declared “Mike, I accept your rose” on Instagram Stories while watching the reality star’s exit from Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. A few weeks later, Mike popped up in the comments when Demi shared an unedited bikini photo on Instagram. “Look at me like that again,” he wrote along with a smiling emoji. “Love yaself.”
Demi’s response of a kissing emoji was all fans needed to surmise that a romance might be brewing. “Y’all have the same values when it comes to relationships and love,” one fan wrote, while another commented: “Omg they need to date.”
Mike isn’t the only Bachelorette contestant who has become part of the celebrity dating rumor mill; Tyler Cameron, who also appeared on Hannah’s season, has been spotted numerous times with Gigi Hadid, and most recently supported the model when she attended her grandmother’s funeral.
As always, it’s important to take rumors and sources with a grain of salt; until we hear from Demi or Mike directly, their relationship status remains a mystery. But don’t worry, we’ll keep an eye out for any more flirty Instagram comments or cute emojis that might pop up in the future. Might we suggest the rose emoji next time? Just an idea!
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