Disney stars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have known each other since they were young

Demi Lovato has confessed that she’s not as good friends with Selena Gomez as she used to be.

The¬†singer and actress, 19, has known Justin Bieber‘s girlfriend since they starred in TV show Barney & Friends together as children – but it seems they’re now drifting apart.

Selena and I aren’t as close as we used to be,’ says Demi.

‘But she’ll always have a place in my heart.’

It’s likely that Demi‘s found it difficult to find the time to see Selena, also 19, since she was announced as a judge on the second series of US X Factor earlier this year.

But she’s loving her new role on the programme and is happy to concentrate on her career for now.

‘I root for everyone. I mean, it’s not the best feeling when you’re watching someone and cringing,’ Demi tells Self.

‘But when a person’s confidence is magnetic, I don’t even have to hear her to think: “Oh, this girl has got something.”‘

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Anna Duff