Selena Gomez, 30, is an Emmy-nominated actress and Grammy-nominated singer, and Justin Bieber, 29, is a two-time Grammy winner.
How They Met:
Justin’s people phoned Selena’s people, as so many celebrity romances do. After stating that the Disney Channel actress was his celebrity love in an interview with radio personality DJ Skee in 2009, Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, contacted Selena’s mother (who was also her management at the time) to arrange a meeting between the two.
For years, Selena insisted that Justin was more like a brother than a lover, and even when they were sighted on a “cuddly” date at an IHOP in Philadelphia in December 2010, the vocalist remained tight-lipped.
“Who does not enjoy pancakes? “We were both performing in the same spot, so we went out for pancakes together,” she told MTV News about the supposed date. “That’s all there is to it. “Everyone is innocent.”
Three weeks later, the couple was spotted having a not-so-innocent New Year’s Eve kiss aboard a yacht in St. Lucia, proving what everyone had thought all along:
They were a relationship. 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).
Jelena, as they were popularly known, were open about their romance from then on. They had cute PDA courtside at a Lakers game, attended red carpet events together, and jetted off to Hawaii for a couple’s holiday.
Selena explained to Seventeen in May 2011 why she decided to go public with her romance with Justin. “I dislike concealing. “I like to keep certain things to myself, but I’m 18 and I’m going to fall in love,” she remarked. “I’m going to hang out with folks and explore myself, and that’s fine with me.”
Why We Fell in Love With Them:
Jelena’s teen-dream love story shaped a whole generation. Fans have never been more invested in (or rooted for) a celebrity couple than Selena and Justin.
Being one of young Hollywood’s longest-running on-again, off-again relationships (eight years! ), there was something relatable and appealing about how the two could never seem to shake one other, as so many struggle to do with their first loves.
“When anything would happen, I would lose my frickin’ mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard because we were so invested in one other,” Bieber told Complex magazine in 2015. Love is a decision. “Love is not a sensation.”
When They Were at Their Peak:
Their famous Staples Center date. It was claimed in September 2011 that Justin booked out the full Staples Center in Los Angeles (now known as Crypto.com Arena) for a romantic movie night with Selena. The couple had the entire 20,000-seat arena to themselves and had a candlelit meal on the court as well as a private showing of Titanic.
“Romance isn’t dead,” Bieber wrote on Twitter that night. “Fellas, treat your lady right.”
Jelena’s first of many breakups occurred in November 2012. Following a year and a half of dating, the couple parted for unclear reasons, but appeared to reconcile five months later when Bieber uploaded a series of throwback photographs of the duo on Instagram.
They divorced again in November 2014, with Justin marrying his now-wife Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) and Selena having a brief relationship with DJ Zedd.
The are-they-or-aren’t-they mystery continued into 2016, when they both appeared to move on with new relationships — Selena was with The Weeknd, while Justin briefly dated Sofia Richie. A year later, they reconciled (again), much to the delight of the internet.
Their reconciliation, however, did not last long. Selena and Justin embarked on a hiatus after four months of hockey dates, bike rides, and church services, which eventually led to a breakup in March 2018.
“Selena understood that, despite his efforts, they aren’t a perfect match right now,” a source told E! News at the time. According to another source, Selena “decided she is much better doing her own thing,” and she “barely ever thinks about Justin anymore, and is entirely open to dating.”
Within months of their split, Justin reconnected with Hailey and the two swiftly got engaged, resulting in a lot of social media controversy and the publication of Selena’s breakup song “Lose You To Love Me.”
Reflecting back on their romance years later, Selena realized that their separation was “the best thing” that had ever happened to her. “I felt tormented by a previous relationship that no one wanted to let go of,” Gomez explained in her documentary My Mind & Me. “But then I just moved on. “I wasn’t terrified any longer.”
“I feel like I had to go through the greatest conceivable heartbreak ever,” she added. I just think that was meant to happen, and it ended up being the finest thing that ever happened to me.”
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Where They Are Now: Three months after his divorce from Gomez, Bieber resumed dating his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin. That June, they were seen kissing, and by July, they were engaged. Hailey and Justin got married in a New York City courthouse in September 2018, before legally tying the knot a year later in South Carolina.
With his new role as a husband, Justin released Changes in 2020, which reads like a romantic love letter to Hailey. The following year, he released his sixth studio album, Justice, and went on a world tour to promote it – until he was forced to cancel his final six shows due to his recent Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis.
Selena has stayed unmarried in the years since her divorce from Justin. Yet, she fueled relationship rumors just a few months ago when she was seen bowling with The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart.
Selena promptly put an end to any conjecture, confirming in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was single. “I prefer being alone too much,” she added, finishing with the hashtag #iamsingle.
Selena launched her first album in five years, Rare, in 2020, which includes her Bieber breakup ballad “Lose You To Love Me,” as well as a beauty brand with the same name.
The following year, Gomez returned to acting with a leading part in the Hulu mystery series Only Murders in the Building, for which she received an Emmy nomination as an executive producer.