Who: Selena Gomez, 30, an actress and singer nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy, and Justin Bieber, 29, a musician who has won two Grammys.
How They Met: Justin’s people called Selena’s people, which is how so many famous people get together. In an interview with DJ Skee in 2009, Justin said that the Disney Channel star was his celebrity crush. His manager, Scooter Braun, then reached out to Selena’s mom, who was her manager at the time, to set up a meeting between the two.
Selena insisted for years that Justin was more like a brother than a boyfriend. Even when they were seen on what was said to be a “cuddly” date at an IHOP in Philadelphia in December 2010, the singer didn’t say much. “Who doesn’t like pancakes? When asked about the rumored date, she told MTV News, “We were both performing in the same place, so we went and had pancakes together.” “That’s the whole thing. All innocent.”
Three weeks later, they were photographed sharing a not-so-innocent New Year’s Eve kiss on a yacht in St. Lucia. This confirmed what everyone already thought: that they were a couple. But Selena and Justin didn’t make their red carpet debut until February at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (there were also some super-cute photo booth pictures taken).
From then on, Jelena, as their friends called them, didn’t hide the fact that they were in love. They held hands and kissed at a Lakers game, went to red carpet events together, and flew to Hawaii for a romantic getaway.
In May 2011, Selena told Seventeen why she finally decided to let everyone know she was dating Justin. “I don’t like hiding. I do like to keep certain things to myself, but at the end of the day, I’m 18 and I’m going to fall in love,”
“I’m going to hang out with people and I’m going to explore myself, and I’m OK with that.”
We liked them because: Jelena’s love story was the kind of thing that teens dream about. Fans have never cared more about a celebrity couple or rooted for them more than they do Selena and Justin. As one of young Hollywood’s longest-running on-and-off couples (eight years! ), the fact that they couldn’t seem to get away from each other was both relatable and very endearing. So many people have trouble getting over their first loves.
In 2015, Bieber told Complex magazine about their dramatic ups and downs over the years: “When stuff happened, I would lose my freaking mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard because we cared so much about each other. Choose to love. Love is not something you feel.
When They Were at Their Best: Their famous show at the Staples Center. In September 2011, it was said that Justin rented out the whole Staples Center in Los Angeles (now called Crypto.com Arena) for a romantic movie night with Selena. The two had the whole 20,000-seat arena to themselves, so they had a candlelit dinner on the court and watched Titanic in private. “Romance isn’t dead,” Bieber tweeted that night. “Treat your lady right fellas.”
The Breakup: Jelena’s first breakup, which was in November 2012, was the first of many to come. After dating for a year and a half, they broke up for unknown reasons. Five months later, Bieber posted a series of throwback photos of the couple on Instagram, and it looked like they were back together. In November 2014, they broke up again. Justin moved on with Hailey Baldwin, who is now his wife, and Selena had a short relationship with DJ Zedd.
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The “are they or aren’t they?” story went on into 2016, when it seemed like they both moved on with new relationships. Selena was dating The Weeknd, and Justin dated Sofia Richie for a short time. A year later, they reconciled (again) much to the internet’s delight. But they didn’t stay together for long. After going to hockey games, bike rides, and church services for four months, Selena and Justin took a break, which turned into a breakup in March 2018.
“Selena realized even though he’s made some positive improvements, they just aren’t a perfect match right now,” a source told E! News at the time. Another insider explained that Selena “decided she is much happier doing her own thing, adding that she “rarely even talks about Justin anymore, and is fully open to dating.”
Within a few months of breaking up, Justin got back together with Hailey, and they quickly got engaged. This caused a lot of drama on social media, and Selena released her breakup song “Lose You to Love Me.”
When Selena thought about her relationship with Justin years later, she realized that breaking up with him was “the best thing that ever happened to her.” Gomez said in her documentary My Mind & Me, “I felt haunted by a past relationship that no one wanted to let go of.” “But I just moved on after that. I wasn’t afraid anymore.”
“I feel like I had to go through the worst possible heartbreak ever. I just think that needed to happen, and ultimately, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Where They Are Now: Three months after he broke up with Gomez, Bieber started dating his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin. In June, they were seen kissing, and by July, they were getting married. Hailey and Justin got married at a courthouse in New York City in September 2018. They had a second wedding ceremony a year later in South Carolina, where they officially became husband and wife.
Now that Justin is a husband, he released the album Changes in 2020, which sounds like a love letter to Hailey. The next year, he put out his sixth studio album, Justice, and went on a world tour to promote it. However, he had to cancel his last six shows because he had just been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
Selena has been single in the years since she broke up with Justin. But just a few months ago, she was seen on a bowling date with Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers. This led to rumors that she was dating him. But Selena quickly put an end to the rumors when she said in an Instagram post that she was single. She wrote, “I like being alone too much,” and at the bottom she added the hashtag #iamsingle.
Selena’s first album in five years came out in 2020. It was called Rare, and it had a song about breaking up with Justin Bieber called “Lose You to Love Me.” The same year, she also put out a beauty line called Rare. Gomez came back to acting the following year with a lead role in the Hulu mystery series Only Murders in the Building. She was nominated for an Emmy as the show’s executive producer.