Gomez and Bieber, Benson and Good, and Franco. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images, Donato Sardella/WireImage, Rick Ker …
When "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson was cast in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," she not only nabbed a sought-after part in a buzzworthy movie, but she also won the leading man. Yes, she and actor James Franco are reportedly now an item. (Do you think "Franson" will catch on?) However, in dating the Oscar-nominated actor, Benson may have lost two good friends in the process: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Benson, 22, first got to know pop music's royal couple while she was "deeply in love" with Bieber's friend and former "swag coach," Ryan Good. The foursome reportedly became very close, even performing sing-alongs to "Call Me Maybe" on private planes. But as a source told Radar Online, Benson apparently began acting differently toward her boyfriend while she was on the "Spring Breakers" set, and once filming was completed, she didn't have any time for Good at all.
Though not directly involved, Bieber and Gomez felt the repercussions of the breakup. Gomez was particularly upset, as she had been cast in "Spring Breakers" first and had reportedly begged producers to cast Benson after Emma Roberts dropped out.
Then, earlier this month, Benson and her "Spring Breakers" co-star James Franco, 34, were spotted strolling around New York City. More recently, they were seen canoodling on a Haunted Hayride in Los Angeles, and the two are reportedly now dating more seriously.
"Once the shoot wrapped, Ashley told Ryan they needed to 'slow down' and then booked a flight to New York City to go see James's art gallery showing," an insider told Radar Online. "Selena is pissed off that she went out of her way to vouch for Ashley, only to have her dump Ryan. She got the role and she got the man, but she lost a good friend."
LaineyGossip points out a similar scandal, when Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert left fiancé Trace Ayala, a good friend of Justin Timberlake's, for NHL player Sean Avery. Timberlake responded with his hit song "What Goes Around," which is easy to see as a dig at Cuthbert. Should we expect a revenge track from Bieber hitting the charts next year?
Meanwhile, Ryan Good seems to be moving on and keeping out of the headlines. As he recently posted on his Twitter feed, "Anyone who gossips to you will gossip about you."