We’d be lying if we hadn’t thought about it every time Chris Harrison appeared onscreen on The Bachelor: Why doesn’t one of the girls just date him? So, when Life & Style announced on September 20 that Season 17 beauty Selma Alameri was dating the 42-year-old host, we wanted to give her all the roses.
The gossip site reported that Chris and Sean Lowe’s Bachelor 2013 ex were out together on September 19, and not just for a friendly drink. "Chris was introducing Selma as his girlfriend. They were very cute together and not taking their hands off each other," a source told them.
But no matter how cute we’re sure they would be together, Selma is saying that their coupleship was dramatically exaggerated (the most dramatic exaggeration ever?). "We happened to be at the same place but we were not together," Selma explains to E! Online. "He's a good friend and a sexy guy, sure, but we are not dating."
Sexy, eh? Well, anyone with eyes can see that. And though Chris and Selma aren’t yet an item, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible they may be in the future. After her stint on The Bachelor, Selma briefly dated The Bachelorette Season 8 “kissing bandit,” Arie Luyendyk, Jr., so clearly she’s not afraid to date within the Bachelor Nation family.
An E! source tells the site that "they are interested in each other" on some level, though "it is very casual and new and can't really be categorized as anything yet." So, hold your breath and chug your chardonnay (but don’t hurt yourselves) because another announcement could be coming.
Chris split from his wife of nearly two decades in 2012, and hasn’t had a serious relationship (that we know of) since — except for his one with the cameras. And even if he does like Selma, it’s possible that they’ll have to put that chemistry on hold for a bit, as he’ll be busy for the next couple months filming Juan Pablo Galavis’s Season 18 of The Bachelor.
It’s telling, though, that Chris is hanging with Selma. Back when she refused to do the Polar Bear Plunge in Canada during Sean’s season, Chris said that she “shot herself in the foot by not doing it,” and turned Sean off by saying, “Once I decide something I don’t change my mind, it doesn’t matter what someone says to me.”
At the time, Herr Harrison called Selma’s statement and seeming refusal to compromise a “huge turnoff” for Sean. But perhaps for Chris, her strong opinions may be exactly the kind of thing he’s looking for. Will she accept his rose? We’ll have to wait and see.
Sources: Life & Style, E! Online