updated 05/03/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/03/2011 AT 1:35 PM ET
But now Gomez, who calls their Oscar after-party date “our prom,” admits she’s sick of acting like her romance with the pop star, 17, doesn’t exist.
“I don’t like hiding,” Gomez tells Seventeen magazine. “I do like to keep certain things to myself, but at the end of the day, I’m 18 and I’m going to fall in love. I’m going to hang out with people and I’m going to explore myself, and I’m okay with that.”