So long, Justin Bieber. Selena Gomez has found herself a new celebrity to kiss!
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, TMZ posted photos of the 24-year-old getting cozy with fellow singer The Weeknd (whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye). Selena was spotted with her arms around the 26-year-old outside Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, and they later locked lips while waiting for their ride.
Selena and The Weeknd at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015.
The shocking pics come just hours after Life & Style exclusively reported that the former Disney Channel star’s mom Mandy had asked her daughter’s ex to leave her alone, wanting a clean slate for the brunette beauty after her three-month stay in rehab.
“[Selena’s] family feels that no one has ever gotten under her skin like Justin and, ultimately, he affected her in a deeply negative way,” a source tells Life & Style. “Mandy really believes that Selena will be able to heal faster without him.” The pop princess claimed to be seeking treatment for “personal reasons,” and it was later discovered that her interactions with the “Sorry” hitmaker contributed to her downward spiral.
"Her addiction to Justin is what everyone is afraid is going to take the ultimate toll," a different insider revealed in December. “Justin takes her to a dark place mentally, and she really can't let go.” Even when they were dating "she became a different person around him. She was extremely jealous and possessive and felt like she had to keep up with him to keep him. So she would drink and smoke, and then she got into weed and partying.”
Selena and Justin in 2011.
As for The Weeknd, he ended things with 20-year-old model Bella Hadid in November. “Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album. They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends,” a source told People magazine at the time.
Scroll through the gallery below for a look at Selena’s most talked about Instagram photos!