Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez is under strict orders from bosses at Disney to keep her flourishing romance with Twilight hottie Taylor Lautner under wraps.
According to a report featured in the June 29 edition of Star Magazine, Disney execs are going out of their way to ensure that they don't end up with another troubled child star on their hands.
Disney execs have asked Selena to deny reports that she is dating Taylor because they fear the relationship will destroy her image — and lead to a ratings nightmare for Wizards of Waverly Place.
“The network doesn’t want parents to get the wrong idea and stop their kids from watching Selena’s show.”
As a result, Selena has been “forced to downplay the relationship even though she’s crazy about him,” reveals a source.
A Star insider says: “Disney wants all its stars to be wholesome and execs told Selena to deny she’s dating Taylor because that might taint her squeaky clean image. She can be ‘friends’ with him, but nothing more than that.”