It wasn’t too late for Justin Bieber to say sorry! After multiple breakups and makeups, Selena Gomez and the “Love Yourself” singer are back together and seem happier than ever. Of course, things weren’t always so lovey-dovey for Jelena over the decade they’ve known each other. Take a look back at their roller-coaster romance.
2009 — Love at First Sight?
The pair first met back in 2009, the year Biebs broke out onto the music scene with tracks like “One Time” and “One Less Lonely Girl.” In December 2010, the duo sparked romance rumors when they shared a meal at IHOP and left the restaurant walking arm-in-arm. The Wizards of Waverly Place actress insisted they weren’t a couple, telling Us Weekly,”[Justin] is one of my best friends…It was just pancakes!”
@selenagomez good seeing u. Until next time. Maybe new years 😉
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 16, 2009
Early 2011 — It’s Official!
In January, the two could no longer deny that they were dating, as they were spotted kissing while vacationing in St. Lucia, and at Vanity Fair‘s Oscar party on Feb. 27, they arrived together and walked the red carpet.
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2011 – 2012 — Smitten Kittens
Things were smooth sailing for the two during the first phase of their romance, often holding hands and sharing kisses in public, whether it was in the audience at award shows or front-row at basketball games. Aww!
The pair at a Lakers game on April 17, 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
November 2012 — Their First Split
Jelena shippers everywhere cried their hearts out when the pair called it quits, blaming their busy schedules. “It’s such a public thing. It’s just hard for the both of us,” Justin shared. “But you know, she’s a great woman. I love her [to] this day.”
April 2013 — Back On!
The two seemed to have made up, with Biebs sharing an Instagram of Selena hugging him — though he quickly deleted the photo. Just one month later, they were caught kissing backstage, but this time around, the two decided to keep mum on their relationship.
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2013 – 2014 — Ups and Downs
All was good between the pair for the rest of 2013, but by next summer, rumors of a split began making the rounds. Unfortunately, the duo hit another bump in the road by the end of 2014, and Selena hinted at their breakup with the release of her track, “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” Just a few weeks later, JB unfollowed the songstress on Instagram. Ouch!
December 2014 — New Loves
Around the holidays, model Hailey Baldwin accompanied Justin on vacation, though the singer had previously stated, “I’m super single and [Hailey] is my good friend.” However, Justin eventually posted a photo of the two kissing, though they ended up fizzling out quickly.
2015 — Time Apart
In March, Selena briefly dated Zedd, who collaborated on her track “I Want You to Know.” While Selena didn’t comment on the fling at the time, she later confirmed that she and Zedd, “definitely had a thing.”
For most of the year, the Spring Breakers star and Justin kept their distance, yet felt comfortable talking about their relationship to the media. “There’s closure in a very good, healthy way. We’ve seen each other. I’m always encouraging and I am proud of his journey,” Selena shared. JB told Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her. I don’t think if you end a relationship, you should end that, unless it was super toxic and you guys were hurting each other physically or mentally. We always respected each other and we still respect each other.”
November 2015 — Love Song
The duo confuse everyone when Justin melted hearts by serenading Selena with a rendition of “My Girl.” A few weeks later, Biebs posts a few throwback photos of the pair, but tells fans to “calm down,” insinuating they’re not back together romantically.
Early 2016 — Better as Friends?
Starting at the end of 2015, the pair stepped out together more than once, but they insisted that this time around, things were strictly platonic. “We don’t talk often, but we’re cordial. If she needs something, I’m there for her,” Biebs explained. “If I need something, she’s there for me.” Justin also starts casually seeing Kourtney Kardashian, though they never seemed to be an exclusive couple.
Summer 2016 — More Turmoil
Their friendship hit a snag when Justin started seeing Sofia Richie — and their PDA didn’t sit well with Beliebers. “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate,” Bieber captioned a photo with the model. “This is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
Selena decided to weigh in on the situation, commenting on the photo, “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – It should be special between you two only.” Justin later deactivated his account, and split with Sofia a couple of weeks later.
Justin and Sofia on August 14, 2016 in Tokyo. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
January 2017 — A Fresh Start
Meanwhile, Selena had her eyes on another man: “Starboy” singer Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and the pair began dating to kick off the new year. That May, they made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala. Needless to say, JB wasn’t a fan of the lovebirds, calling The Weeknd’s music “whack.” Real mature, Biebs.
Selena and The Weeknd at the Met Gala. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
2017 — On Cloud Nine
While Justin’s linked to multiple Hollywood hotties, Selena and The Weeknd were attached at the hip throughout most of the year, attending Coachella together and posting cuddly Instagram shots. In September, the “Fetish” singer revealed she underwent a kidney transplant over the summer due to Lupus.
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I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
October 2017 — Support System
JB and Selena are once again caught by each other’s side, and it’s said that he had reached out to her after learning about her health crisis. Multiple outlets report that The Weeknd was aware of their outings, but wasn’t worried about Selena straying. However, the very next day, it’s confirmed that he and Selena ended their 10-month romance.
November 2017 — Loved Up
Following her breakup, Selena started spending more time with Justin again. Though they kept their lips zipped, they were seen out together on several occasions, whether it was a giggly bike ride in the park or a visit to church. Selena has also been spotted at several of Justin’s hockey games, often leaving the rink wearing his jersey.
The pair on Nov. 1. (Photo Credit: Splash)
January 2018 — Family Matters
Despite the obvious, the two have never officially confirmed they’re back together — but Selena’s mom still isn’t a fan of the reunion, and it was said to have put somewhat of a strain on their relationship. So, what’s next for Jelena? We’ll just have to wait and see!