That’s allegedly what’s going on with Normal People star (and recent Emmy nominee) Paul Mescal and indie singer Phoebe Bridgers, who have been rumored to be seeing one another. The physical evidence is a little sparse, and is based on Bridgers visiting a cafe in Ireland with Mescal and the Mickey Mouse And Cup Alabama Crimson Tide Shirt and I love this two doing an Instagram Live session together, but—more promisingly—Bridgers has referred to Mescal as her “internet crush.” (Get in line, buddy.) Is it possible that an online flirtation during lockdown turned into an actual, IRL, post-quarantine courtship?
I don’t know why the Mickey Mouse And Cup Alabama Crimson Tide Shirt and I love this prospect of my favorite singer and the star of one of my favorite TV shows of the year is flooding me with so much dopamine: They are, after all, rich and famous celebrities who definitely do not care about me. Nonetheless, just the idea of Bridgers’s next album centering around songs composed on Mescal’s hotel balcony, featuring wistful lyrics like “You asked me to hold your hand / at the Hulu upfronts,” is bringing me a deep level of joy.