Musical artist and actress Selena Gomez celebrated her 30th birthday last month, and she had a bigger event to mark the occasion in Italy this week with a group of friends—and potentially one lover. On Wednesday, August 4, The Daily Mail shared photos of Gomez on a yacht in Positano with her buddies, amongst them Italian-Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino.
Gomez and Iervolino have been linked together in the past, with hints that they are more than friends, but it has never been confirmed that they are dating. In fact, a source recently said that Gomez is single.
“Selena isn’t dating anyone specific at this time,” the source said. “She is more open to love, but she is also very much focused on herself and her work right now. She’s in a very healthy place. She is feeling fantastic and very mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.”
However, she and Iervolino did spend a lot of time during her birthday party dancing together and hugging while looking out at the water. Iervolino even gave Gomez a couple of kisses on her forehead, which could just be a platonic sign of affection.
But here’s what we know about Iervolino and his connection to Gomez so far.
Who is Andrea Iervolino?
Iervolino is a very successful producer, who has won a number of accolades; in 2015, he received the Mimmo Rotella Special Award for production at the Venice Film Festival for his work on The Humbling. In 2016, he was given the Saving Award at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. He is an official ambassador of Italian Cinema and the president of Ischia Global Film and Music Fest, and in 2018, President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella awarded him a Knighthood of the Italian Republic. He also has a pretty sizeable social media following at just over a million followers on Instagram
Iervolino has founded a number of media companies, including Irvolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment S.p.A, a global production company, with Lady Monika Bacardi, the investment company AMBI Group, and TaTaTu Enterprises, a blockchain-based social media and entertainment platform.
How do Selena Gomez and Andrea Iervolino know each other?
Iervolino produced the 2016 film The Dubious Battle, which starred Gomez. They seem to have been friends since, and he was at Gomez’s 27th birthday celebration when she also visited Italy. They were seen together in July of last year, celebrating the 4th in Los Angeles.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.