Selena Gomez has just celebrated her birthday last Monday, and the limelight has found its way back to her. The famed singer and songwriter has had a rough few years as she has been battling lupus and repetitively going to rehab for anxiety and depression. 

After a social media break at the end of last year, the star has bounced back with positive vibes and a sheer determination to make the best of her year. With her recent birthday celebration, all eyes are back at the star and her birthday getaway in Italy. But what’s much more exciting for the Gomez fans is the rumors swirling between her and Italian Canadian entrepreneur Andrea Iervolino, who was seen in Italy with her.

Gomez has been reported to be “open to start putting herself out there again,” so news of her traveling with the handsome businessman surely got fans’ hopes up for their beloved singer. She was sighted with her close friends Raquelle Stevens, Ashley Cook and Caroline Franklin, with Iervolino in tow. The group had lunch at Pierluigi, and a source reported that they were all in good spirits.

Fans may dream, but a source claims that the two remain simply as friends and are currently not dating each other. “Selena and Andrea are nothing more than good friends and there’s no romance brewing between them whatsoever,” said the source. 

The two had reportedly gotten close because of work, and they had bonded over the time they had shared while filming. “However, friends definitely wouldn’t mind seeing her date someone like Andrea because he’s really sweet, he’s handsome, smart, successful, in his early 30s, etc.,” the source shared. Despite this, the tipster claimed that Gomez really wanted to enjoy her trip with her BFFs rather than focus on dating at the moment.

“Selena, like everyone, would like love but that is not happening with Andrea,” explained the source. “He is a good guy but Selena wants it known that you can have friends that are of the opposite sex without it going somewhere else. She likes that she doesn’t have to worry about him blabbering about her to other people. She feels safe around him but she doesn’t have any romantic vibes or feelings for him.”

Selena Gomez Recording artist Selena Gomez attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine