A Complete Timeline of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s Drama-Filled Relationship
Every relationship has its ups and downs, but when we’re talking about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, that’s approximately six years of roller-coaster emotions.
The two sparked dating rumours in 2010 and captured the hearts of both their fan bases, thus creating #Jelena supporters. Since Bieber and Gomez are two of the most famous young stars of their time, their admirers range from supportive to downright obsessive.
While Jelena fans have been rooting for them to get back (and stay!) together since their first split in 2012, the group got a little more passionate after seeing the recent posts on Biebs’ now-deleted Instagram page. Over the weekend, Bieber published photos with his rumoured new girlfriend, Sofia Richie, which lead to an attack on her from his fans. As a result of said attack, he threatened to set his account to private if they didn’t ease up on her. Gomez then addressed the controversial post, giving JB some unsolicited advice about appreciating his fans (she’s since regretted commenting, obv). So, what has this all lead to? Bieber allegedly accusing Selena of using him for his fame and then deleting his Instagram, breaking the hearts of Jelena fans everywhere.
Kind of hard to follow, right? Luckily, we’ve broken down every single one of their breakups and makeups.
January 2011: Vacation in St. Lucia
Bieber/Gomez dating rumours began to circulate in 2010. But it wasn’t until January 2011 that the pop stars confirmed their romance, namely by partaking in major PDA while on vacation together in St. Lucia.
February 2011: Jelena steps out on red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscars party
Yup, they finally made our dreams a reality by walking the red carpet together for the first time, thus confirming their young love. Aren’t they adorable?
May 2011: Billboard Music Awards
Jelena looked happy and strong at the Billboard Music Awards. Oh, young love.
November 2011: Jelena is over… apparently
Rumours that Gomez has dumped the Canadian pop star begin to surface, after a Bieber fan claimed she had sex with him backstage at a show in October 2010, and that he is the father of her 4-month-old child. However, it’s confirmed that the breakup rumours aren’t true.
November 2012: The couple officially breaks up; Bieber briefly linked to model Barbara Palvin
Don’t go anywhere, this is just the first of many breakups. After more than a year of puppy love, the two reportedly split for the first time as a result of their jam-packed schedules. Fans (and the internet) also begin to wonder whether there’s a relationship brewing between JB and Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin. Palvin took to Twitter, confirming that there was nothing going on between her and Bieber.
January 2013: The pair are reportedly back together; Gomez travels to Norway to visit Bieber
They clearly can’t stay away from one another for long. Less than 3 months after the duo called it quits, Bieber posted the above image of them on his Instagram… and of course, promptly deleted it.
November 2014: Gomez performs at the American Music Awards
The singer took to the stage to perform her single, “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” Here’s the kicker: she confirmed the song was about Bieber. After a few more on-again off-again appearances in the media, the couple officially confirmed they’d split.
December 2014: Bieber denies Hailey Baldwin dating rumours
Jelena, what? We’re now onto Jailey. Talks that Bieber is dating model Hailey Baldwin are at a high. However, JB denies these rumours, assuring fans that they are simply good friends (whatever that means).
January 2015: Gomez and Zedd dating rumours begin
Shortly after the Jailey rumours came out, Gomez was seen getting close with DJ Zedd. This romance was not confirmed until later that year in September, when Gomez spoke with Elle for an interview.
September 2015: Gomez opens up about Bieber in ELLE
Gomez discusses her past relationship with her fellow pop star and states that she will always support him.
November 2015: Bieber appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In November 2015, JB stopped by Ellen, and while discussing his upcoming album Purpose, he revealed which songs were inspired by Selena—thanks for the intel, Biebs! The songs? Check out “What Do You Mean?” “Sorry” and “Mark My Words”.
January 2016: Bieber and Baldwin hang out on New Year’s Eve
Was it not recently that JB confirmed that he and Baldwin were just good friends? Yes, but now things appear to have changed. The two celebs took their romance public on Instagram. However, it’s unclear how long the this romance lasted, as they’ve since broken up.
August 2016: Sofia Richie posts an Instagram of her and Bieber
Yes, Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel Richie, and sister of Nicole Richie. Bieber and Richie both took to Instagram recently to post photos of their time in Japan. The comments on both their accounts proved one thing for sure: do not mess with Jelena fans.
August 2016: Gomez posts a clip of her singing “Let Me Love You”
So, just when we thought the dust had settled between Jelena, this clip surfaced of Gomez singing DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You,” which features the Biebs on vocals. An official cover has yet to be released; however, suspicions that it’s coming soon have been heightened as DJ Snake posted a longer version of Gomez’s cover on his Snapchat. I think we can all agree that it’s a little odd of Selena to chose to cover her ex’s song after feuding over his new boo Sofia. But hey, you do you, Selena!
November 2016: Bieber allegedly visits Gomez in rehab
Gomez pulled out of her Revival Tour, in late August, due to complications caused by Lupus; mainly symptoms surrounding anxiety and panic. As a result, she checks in to rehab facility (feel better soon, Selena!). Rumours of Bieber visiting Gomez in rehab have started to circulate. Can somebody seriously loop us in, please?!
January 2017: Gomez and The Weeknd spotted together
The 24-year-old songstress was spotted making out with Canadian singer The Weeknd in photographs released by TMZ. According to the celeb news site, Gomez and The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) were “getting handsy and mouthy” outside Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. They then made it Instagram official (sort of) during a trip to Italy where the pair were spotted wining and dining (and kissing, duh!) in Venice and Florence.
February 2017: JB and The Weeknd begin to fued
While out in Los Angeles, Bieber was asked by paparazzi if he would listen The Weeknd’s music, to which he responded with a simple “Hell, no.” Fast forward to Valentine’s Day, when a track called “Some Way” by Toronto rapper Nav, featuring The Weeknd drops. “I think your girl / think your girl / fell in love with me,” the singer croons. The song also delves into NSFW territory: “She say my fuck and my tongue game a remedy.” Yikes! A day later, DJ Kygo’s single “It Ain’t Me” drops, featuring Gomez, and let’s just say the lyrics appear to allude to a certain former flame. Serious. Drama.