10+ Celebrities Who Claimed They Were 'Just Friends' Before They Started Dating

While some celebrity couples fell in love at first sight, others didn't get together right away. These celebs met and were friends first, or at least that's what they told everyone else!

From Kim and Kanye to Justin and Hayley, these celebrity couples went from friends to lovers.

Here are 10+ celebrities who claimed they were 'just friends' at first.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber

Before Justin Bieber married Hayley Baldwin, he dated Selena Gomez.

They met in 2009, but at the time Gomez even referred to him as her "little brother." They started dating around 2010 and were on and off again for an entire seven years!

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

While Kunis and Kutcher met when they were teens while filming That '70s Show in the late '90s and early 2000s, they were just friends for years.

It wasn't until 2015 that they reconnected after Kunis saw Kutcher backstage at an awards show.

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

While their characters on Glee were romantically involved, these two didn't start dating at first as Michele was dating Theo Stockman.

She even told Glamour at the time: "I don't have a crush on Cory! Rachel has a massive crush on him. He's like my brother."

They started dating in 2011.

David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris

This adorable couple met in New York City at a time when Harris told Out that he thought he would always be single.

Burtka was in a relationship at the time, so these two started hanging out as friends, but they went on their first date a week after that relationship ended.

Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato

If you're like many millennials, you remember that these two acted together in the movie Camp Rock and became friends.

They met in 2009 but started dating publicly in 2010, but the relationship didn't last very long. However, it was very exciting for fans of Disney stars at the time!

Samira Wiley And Lauren Morelli

This pair met on the Orange is the New Black set, but Morelli was married to a man at the time.

Wiley told Bust Magazine that Morelli opened up to her about her sexuality, saying, "She picked me as the person she was going to talk to about all of it. And it wasn’t sexual, it was just like a friend."

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

These two actually met back in 2002 while Kanye was recording a song with pop star Brandy.

Kim talked all about their friendship over the years on the 10-year special of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now they have four children!

Kylie Jenner and Tyga

This pair met when Tyga performed at Kendall's sweet 16 and Kylie was only 14.

The large age gap has made many people understandably upset about this pair even if they were just friends for a few years. They started dating when Kylie was still only 17.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

Fans started shipping these two while they were filming The Vampire Diaries, but they denied having a romantic relationship at first.

Dobrev even said that "I've never dated anyone I've worked with" in a 2011 interview.

This changed, however, when they officially dated in 2012.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

This couple has caused a lot of speculation as to why they are together, but they have actually been friends since 2014.

Cabelo told Rolling Stone, "I really bonded with him as more than a friend. I think he did too, but we were both really young. "

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller

Grande and Miller actually became friends because he DMed her on Twitter back in 2012. Who knew this method worked for celebs, too?

They were friends over the years and even made songs together until they started dating officially in 2016.

Emily Ratajkowski And Sebastian Bear-McClard

While they got married in 2018 at a ceremony in New York City, they had actually been friends for years before.

A source told US Weekly that, "Emily has known Sebastian for years. They were all in a friend group … He wasn’t a stranger."

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

These two might be married now, but they were friends for many years.

Baldwin even said in an interview in 2014 with E! News that, "I've known him since I was so young—since I was like 13—and we've just been good friends over the years."

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Those who follow the Royal Family will know that they met in college at the University of St. Andrews.

While they dated for a few years before breaking up in 2007 for a time, they were actually friends for a year before dating.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Lively and Reynolds met while filming Green Lantern in 2010.

Reynolds said in an interview on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio that, "We were buddies for a long time, which I think is the best way to have a relationship, to start as friends."