Don't get caught up in idol gossip.
The path that you must take is before you. There are no signs, no passers by to advise you, and not much else to help you but your own intuition and the facts that you have gathered. We all find ourselves in this situation at times, where the only other option is to turn back. Some things are destiny and some things are duty. Only you can decide if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and tackle this new challenge.
Don't force a connection with someone in an artificial way. Find common ground, or a common interest, and take it from there.