It didn’t take long for Selena Gomez’s surprise new friendship with Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz Beckham to spark dating rumors—and not between them, despite Gomez jokingly calling them a “throuple” and spending New Year’s on vacation with them and other friends.
Fans have been speculating that Gomez’s newfound closeness with the Peltz Beckhams may be because she is secretly dating Nicola’s 33-year-old brother Bradley Peltz, who founded the healthcare scheduling startup Mymo. Nicola and Brad’s father is billionaire Nelson Peltz.
Brad and Nicola Peltz at the 2014 God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards.
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Brad, as his LinkedIn describes it, “is a former professional athlete, Yale graduate, patient with a chronic illness and healthcare entrepreneur. Brad founded Mymo after multiple extended hospital stays, which showed numerous fractures in the healthcare delivery continuum.” He played professional hockey for the Ottawa Senators from August 2012 to April 2013; he was drafted by them in 2009.
Celeb gossip podcaster Not Skinny But Not Fat wrote on her Instagram Story yesterday that “ok people are saying Selena is dating Brad Peltz, Nicola’s bro! ” Unverified celeb gossip outlet DeuxMoi, meanwhile, addressed the speculation, saying that a source revealed they weren’t dating, although the source wasn’t the most authoritative.
“I heard they are not together, but that was from someone who knew Bradley and said he wouldn’t be her type, so it’s just conjecture but that person presented a pretty convincing argument ,” DeuxMoi wrote in response to a Q&A question about the pairing.
The Daily Mail reported that Brad liked a video of Gomez that her makeup artist shared in December. A Twitter user noted he appeared in a video Brooklyn posted with Gomez at the end of November, when dating speculation first began among some fans. Brad is tagged in the post, along with Gomez.
Brad has since made his Instagram private. Neither he nor Gomez follow each other on the platform.
Brad Peltz, second from the left, in August 2022.
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Gomez is not reported to be dating anyone currently. A source told Entertainment Tonight on Dec. 29 that the singer is officially single but hopeful about finding love in the months ahead—a report that indicates she’s not exactly taken right now.
“Selena is feeling positive and optimistic,” the source said. “She is open to dating.”
Gomez spoke about planning to share more about her love life in her music this year, as she has been publicly single since spring 2018. “I created this whole private life that was just mine, and I feel like now I have to tell these stories, and people are going to ask a lot of questions,” Gomez said of her plans to create music about her experience privately dating in November.
Gomez addressed how difficult it was for men to date her before when discussing the attention her Only Murders in the Building co-star Aaron Dominguez got when PDA photos of them came out from they were shooting in character.
“We had just started working together,” Gomez told the Los Angeles Times in March 2021 of that experience. “I honestly thought, ‘No wonder guys don’t want to date me!’ I think people only care because I’m young, and the older I get the less they’ll care. For now it’s a part of the job that I don’t really like. I’m actually grateful that I’m not involved with anyone right now.”
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