Selena Gomez and Niall Horan re-ignited dating rumors after hanging out this week.

On Thursday night (October 3), the singers were spotted looking very cozy as they posed for a photo after having dinner together with a group of friends. In the shot, which was uploaded to their mutual friend Courtney Lopez's Instagram account, the former One Direction member can be seen with his arm around the "Back to You" hitmaker.

Check out the group shot for yourself, below:

Then to add fuel to the speculation, Gomez gave Horan and his new song, "Nice to Meet Ya," a shoutout on her Instagram Story. "This came out like 5 min ago... and I'm pretty sure you need to download," she wrote.

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Selena Gomez, Instagram Story

Even though it's very likely that nothing romantic is going on between them, fans are hopeful that maybe the timing is finally right for them. After all, they're both single. Horan ended his relationship with Hailee Steinfeld last December and well, Gomez hasn't been linked to anyone since her split from on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber last year.

Plus, a source recently told Us Weekly that “she is open to dating, but right now she is solely focused on herself and enjoying life to the best of her ability, and getting back to being the Selena that she and all of her close ones knew prior to dating Justin.”

Horan and Gomez first sparked dating rumors back in 2015 after eyewitnesses said they saw the pop star kissings at Jenna Dewan's 35th birthday party. Gomez later denied anything was going on, telling Entertainment Tonight, "Oh my god! No. I love him, I always have. He's amazing," and making it pretty clear they were just friends.

Then they were spotted at a Lewis Capaldi concert, which sent fans into a frenzy once again. However, the rumors eventually fizzled out... until now. It's safe to say Gomez + Horan shippers will always have hope that something happens between these two.

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