Back in the days when Miley Cyrus was most well-known for her role as Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers had a super cringe-worthy television show, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were BFFs and all was right with the world. (Well, all was right with the Disney Channel, anyway.) Fast forward several years later, and every former Disney star mentioned here was making headlines for something a little grittier than their respective shows. For Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato — a friendship that began when they were just kids on Barney & Friends together — the two were dealing with their own problems. Gomez with her on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber and the constant media attention; Lovato with her mental health, eating disorder, and substance abuse issues. But even when things were tough, the girls' friendship endured — that is, until the "Cool For The Summer" singer shockingly unfollowed Gomez on Twitter in August 2014, later explaining, "I think its just one of those things where people change and people grow apart."
However, it seems like the former besties have once again put aside their differences and are hopefully right on track to becoming friends again. Because in case you couldn't hear the sounds of Selenators and Lovatics rejoicing all across the Internet, Lovato recently followed Gomez on Instagram and the "Heart Wants What It Wants" singer then sent Lovato the world's sweetest birthday message. (Like, get ready for the tears.) If that alone isn't enough of a reason that Gomez and Lovato should be best friends again, well, here are six more.
1. They Clearly Still Care About Each Other
Because #NoMatterWhat and #Forever aren't any old hashtags.
2. They're There For Each Other During The Hard Times
After Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI charges in the beginning of 2014, Lovato and Gomez went out to dinner, where Lovato offered her friend advice about the situation. "We're really, really close," Lovato told Ryan Seacrest about her friendship with Gomez at the time. "And any advice I had for her, we talked last night and it's between us. But I love her so much."
3. But They've Also Owned Up To The Times They Haven't Been
When Demi Lovato was openly struggling with mental illness and other serious issues, Gomez admitted to Seventeen that she wasn't there for her friend like she should've been. "She was going through things and I was so young and it was confusing — I processed it saying, 'OK, I don't understand what she's going through so I'm just going to do this,'" Gomez told the magazine. "And I don't think it was fair, and I'm so happy that I have her back in my life now."
Friendship is all about honesty — and admitting you're the in the wrong (and apologizing for it, of course) is not only admirable, it can help the friendship to move forward and grow.
4. They Can Tell Each Other Anything & Everything
"Demi's very, very strong," Gomez said of Lovato to Seventeen. "She's the only person that I would tell the deepest, darkest secrets to. The only person."
5. They've Been Friends For Over A Decade
Lovato and Gomez are both 23 and have been friends since they were seven. That's a solid 16 years of inside jokes, incredible career success, support, love, fights, and just about everything else under the sun. And despite any bumps along the road, a bond like that isn't just going to disappear.
6. But They've Also Matured
The two singer/actresses have obviously both grown into adults since they first met. But just because they've grown up doesn't mean they've grown apart — for good, at least. Yes, there is something to be said for Lovato's comments about how they've "changed and grown apart," but maybe they needed to have that time and space away from each other in order to come back together again. Lifelong friendships will ebb and flow, but the foundation will forever be the same.
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