In December of 2016, Bella Thorne, Tyler Posey and Charlie Puth were caught hashing out their love triangle problems on Twitter. According to E News, Puth’s fans began questioning his relationship with Thorne after she posted a photo of her supposed ex, Tyler Posey, to her Twitter page. The photo was captioned “taking a trip down memory lane.” The next day Paper magazine released an interview with Thorne where she discussed Posey and their public relationship. After being bombarded with tweets from his fans, Puth then posted a stream of tweets expressing his stance on the situation. Puth started with “I can’t believe what I’m reading.” He said he did not know that they were together because she told him differently. His final tweet said he only wanted peace, so he was removing himself from the love triangle situation. After Thorne realized what had happened, she took to her own twitter to slam the claims of her cheating on the Teen Wolf star with Puth. “Ty and I have been broken up for like over two weeks and charlie and I ARENT DATING we are friends. That article was written forever ago.”
The former Disney star’s Paper magazine interview and timing of the release played a major role in the Twitter dispute. Ironically enough, social media was heavily discussed in the interview. Most young stars have their public relations representatives handling their social media, but not Thorne. She stated social media is a major part of her life and if someone can’t understand that or does not understand social media itself, it could cause problems. She explained her willingness to share relationships and her life on social media because it’s her responsibility to control her image when the public is going to end up with the same images. When discussing how public her life is, she talked about her relationship with Posey:”For instance, dating Tyler [Posey], when we first started dating, paparazzi got a photo of us kissing outside and it sucked that people got that photo because we really didn’t want it out at that time. We were obviously dating and hanging out, but it just wasn’t necessary to put that in front of everyone’s face, you know? That one sucked.” Charlie Puth must understand her love for and candidness on social media as his Tweets were very blunt and open abut the situation he was facing with coming between Thorne and Posey. Puth explained his stance in six simple yet direct tweets. Thorne’s response, saying she and Posey had already broken up, held true with her interview answers.
Thorne, Puth and Posey are not the first stars to have all been involved with Disney and had a love triangle. During Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s Carpool Karaoke on the Late Late Show hosted by James Cordon, Lovato was able to make Nick Jonas confess to his love triangle with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Paparazzi images of Jonas while he was back and forth between the two entertainers allowed the situation to become consumed by the public but a YouTube video, The Miley and Mandy Show!!!! Is my makeup to dark?, Cyrus and her best friend and back up dancer, Mandy Jiroux, were seemingly mocking a video made by Lovato and Gomez, all while they were still on Disney Channel. When the video was compared to the original video made by Lovato and Gomez, was compared to the spoof, many related the taunting to the love triangle created by Jonas. Hollywood Scoop captured a brief interview with Gomez where she is asked about the feud with Cyrus. She denies the feud but is immediately asked afterwards if she is dating a Jonas Brother. Cyrus did discuss the “non feud” with an interviewer where she apologized for the video she created mimicking Gomez’s. Other well known Disney love triangles to be noted are Hilary Duff, Aaron Carter and Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas and Chelsea Kane (Staub).
Though there have been many Disney love triangles throughout the years, the more time that passes, the more digital and public celebrities’ personal lives. This case is unique from the others mentioned because it did not last years like many of the other triangles. The use of photographs in online magazines and social media is to thank for this. Through the use of Twitter, Thorne was able to defend herself immediately after she saw the issue arise. The luxury of responding instantly is something stars and their public relations representatives previously did not have until more recent years. Media sites also did not have “receipts” of conversations until social media created these online documents. Previously the media had to rely on speculation, inside sources and direct statements made to them. Ultimately this situation is a he said, she said, and what he did not say as Tyler Posey never reacted to the drama online. Only Thorne and Posey know the whole truth including whether or not the pair were truly broken up.