Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to a decade ago, shall we? It was the year 2009 and Miley Cyrus starred in Hannah Montana; Selena Gomez in Wizards of Waverly Place; and Demi Lovato in Sonny With a Chance. Essentially, everything felt right in the world – at least on our ends of the television screen. Magazine covers spoke to rumors of drama between the trio of Disney superstars, mainly pitting Miley against Demi and Selena. So where are they now, and is the OG trio still close? Ahead, we reflect on their friendship over the years to dig deep into what *really* went down – and how things stand now.
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In 2008, Demi and Selena’s friendship started when they were childhood friends. However, as they began their Disney channel roles with Miley, it often seemed like it was two against one, even though Demi and Miley hit it off on the set of Hannah Montana in 2007. Nick Jonas and Miley dated from 2006-2007, and not long after their breakup, Selena started dating Nick. Adding fuel to the fire, Miley made a video with her close friend Mandy making fun of Demi and Selena’s video. Miley took down the video and apologized, but that was certainly the start of some major tension.
In 2009, Demi and Selena starred in their first film together called Princess Protection Program. While a solid amount of photos exist of Miley and Demi posing on the red carpet at events throughout the year, the same can’t be said for Miley and Selena.
In 2010, when a fan asked Demi how Selena was doing, Demi responded “Ask Taylor,” an immediate sign that something was off for the former BFFs. In an interview with Girls Life in 2010, Demi responded to questions about their friendship, saying “We’re both busy, and I wish the best for her. True friends don’t let their friends or family be mean to you. If you can’t trust somebody, you can’t be friends with them.”
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In 2011, Demi went to rehab for substance abuse. In an interview with Television Net, Demi explained how Selena was one of the first people who reached out to her. “Selena called me crying when I was in there and was just so worried,” Demi said. “I was like, ‘Look, I should be the one crying, it’s all good!’ But she was so worried and ever since then, we’ve gotten closer.” The two were spotted laughing and smiling together on the red carpet at the Kids’ Choice Awards that year. In an interview with Screener, Demi also said, “She [Miley] sent me a Christmas present and that meant a lot to me because I didn’t get Christmas presents in there. I just have incredible friends.”
The relationship between Demi, Miley, and Selena has been complicated over the years. During an interview with Seventeen Magazine in 2012, Demi spoke about her friendship with Miley, saying that they have strong personalities and when they fight, it’s brutal. However, they always end up making up and saying “I love you” within a few days. On the other hand, Demi and Selena never fight because Selena is not a confrontational person. Despite any ups and downs, all three girls have been through a lot together and will always be a part of each other’s lives. In a radio interview in 2014, Demi stated that she and Miley no longer have anything in common and wished her the best. As for Selena, she unfollowed her on Twitter but Demi still sees her as a friend. In 2015, Demi also unfollowed Miley on Twitter but refollowed Selena in time to wish her a happy birthday. The relationship between these three girls may seem cool on the surface, but it has had its complications over the years.