Back in June, rumors that Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry was dating Becky Hayter spread like wildfire across the Internet.
Becky and Kailyn have been friends for years, but why did fans believe they had become more than friends in this case?
Kailyn has made statements regarding the fluidity of her sexuality in the past, which fueled a lot of the lesbian/bisexual chatter.
In the wake of Lowry's divorce from Javi Marroquin, many fans felt that their relationship had developed into something more.
Becky Hayter and Kailyn denied that they were dating, but that didn't stop the swirl of speculation surrounding their relationship.
Insiders - including one person who was the ultimate insider in her life - continued to claim that they were more than just friends.
Even Javi insisted last summer that despite the ladies' claims to the contrary, Kailyn and Becky were definitely hooking up.
Now, Kailyn has re-ignited those rumors with a new set of photos - and some cryptic, suggestive social media posts to boot.
As you can see, Kailyn and Becky posed for some couple-y looking photos over the weekend, as Hayter joined her friend (with benefits?).
They took a a trip to a book signing at Johns Hopkins University, where fans noticed the presence of camera equipment in the background.
That suggests that Hayter will be playing an expanded role, or at least appearing in certain episodes, in the upcoming season of Teen Mom 2.
But what really had social media talking is a Snapchat video in which the ladies joked about their new "relationship."
“Are you so happy to be my girlfriend now?" Kailyn asks Becky Hayter in the brief clip, adding this as the kicker:
"I’m so glad we made it official."
It appears that they were just having a laugh about the rumors that have long surrounded their friendship, but there's another possibility:
Some believe Kailyn was using humor to test the waters.
They believe she's actually been romantically involved with Hayter off and on for several years, and the joke was a trial balloon of sorts.
Put another way, they floated the idea as a means of seeing how fans would react if she actually came out as a lesbian or as bisexual
There's been even more scrutiny on Lowry's love life than usual of late, thanks to questions surrounding the identity of Kailyn's baby daddy.
By all accounts - despite Kailyn's statements that she wanted this - the pregnancy was unplanned, so we think Hayter can be ruled out.
But that doesn't mean that if they are dating, or even if they aren't, she won't be actively involved in the child's upbringing.
Let us be clear when we say this, in any case:
It's impossible for us to say if anything is actually going on between Kailyn and Becky, nor are we judging them either way.
But it seems that no matter what the nature of their relationship, Becky is one of the more important people in Kailyn's life.
How important, and for how long?
That remains to be seen, but watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive the long, winding road that brought Lowry to where she is today.