As a photo allegedly showing Selena Gomez topless hit the Internet, she appeared to have fallen prey, like other teen starlets, to a leaked private picture. But according to TMZ, the photo is a fake.
The website reported on Wednesday (January 19) that sources close to Gomez say she and her camp are angry that someone is trying to ruin the Disney star's reputation by Photoshopping a topless photo of her. The source added that lawyers for Gomez plan to take immediate action, sending out a cease-and-desist letter to be followed by a lawsuit.
In the photo, alleged to be of Gomez with shorter hair, she's seen looking away from the camera standing in a bathroom with no shirt on, her body on full display. A rep for the star had not responded to MTV News' request for comment by press time, however, a rep for the actress told the website Hollyscoop.com that the image was a fake.
These days, Gomez, who's rumored to be dating Justin Bieber, is a target of relationship gossip. And though neither has confirmed they are an item, the pair were spotted getting cozy on vacation in St. Lucia over the holidays.
And the last few months have been an interesting time for Disney starlets, some of whom have seen their personal lives become tabloid fodder. Demi Lovato made headlines late last fall when she left the Jonas Brothers' tour to seek treatment for personal issues. Fellow teen queen Miley Cyrus also caused a stir when a video of her smoking from a bong hit the Internet.