The case before you, Crushers, is simple. Hollywood Crush's Sweethearts Court would like you to find whether country crooner Taylor Swift and "New Moon" shapeshifter Taylor Lautner are guilty on charges of dating in the first degree. We will present you with persuasive evidence today and hope that your verdict is in the affirmative. [Bangs gavel] I hereby bring this case of are-they-or-aren't-they to order. Let's proceed.
I assume you, the esteemed jurors, are well aware of the precedence in this case. The name-sharing pair were first snapped together filming scenes for their upcoming rom-com "Valentine's Day" in late July. Swift later said their onscreen lip lock "was life-changing." Fast-forward to fall and the teen dreams were caught sharing a lingering embrace at Swift's concert in Chicago. Which brings us to the past week (when they were, as seen to the right, Spotted! shopping together at Alice + Olivia). Here are the latest developments:
1. They both like to eat!
The Taylors were seen wining (or grape juicing?) and dining twice this week, first with Swift's mom on Monday (repeat: he's met the mother!) then last night at Chris Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Click on the picture below to see more of the two "love" birds after that meal.
2. They both like hockey!
Taylor Swift concerts aren't the only entertainment the pair enjoys together. They're both big fans of watching guys get pummeled on the ice. The two cozied up at a Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings hockey game at the Staples Center on Sunday, raising even more eyebrows. Swift was later grilled about her date on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show," People reports. "Is that part of the movie when you all go to some kind of game together?" Ellen asked jokingly, referencing the duo's role in "Valentine's Day." "I really like hockey a lot and it turns out so does he," Swift responded. "Wow, so you just ran into each other?" Ellen countered, incredulously.
3. She likes to play coy!
Swift hasn't admitted to dating the hunky actor just yet, but she hasn't denied it either. When asked by CMT Radio's Cody Alan about her relationship with Lautner, the singer was purposely vague. "I don't know, he's an amazing guy and we're really close … and ah … yep," she explained. "We're in a movie together and I am really excited about seeing it." We'll let you decide whether this serves as any further sort of confirmation, but Swift did let it slip as to which side her "Twilight" allegiances lie, saying she's "Team Jake" all the way.
So there you have it, Crushers. I rest my case.
What is your verdict in the case of Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner? Are the cute couple guilty as charged or just good friends?