It looks that way...
It may have originally come as a celebrity couple curveball but it is now official that Selena Gomez, 24, and The Weeknd (26-year-old Abel Tesfaye) are dating, with the surfacing of images of the pair canoodling and the fact that they made it Instagram official just last week.
Dating at any time, no matter who you are is complicated to say the least. There’s so much uncertainty and second-guessing and all the initial excitement is met with equal nervousness. Now, add to that being under a global magnifying glass and having very public famous exes and it would seem basically impossible.
The Weeknd only broke up with Bella Hadid last November, and the estranged couple were last seen together at the Victoria’s Secret show in Paris at the end of that month after Bella was spotted scrolling through couple photos on the plane over. It might be slightly awkward considering that Selena Gomez runs in the same circles as Bella’s older sister Gigi Hadid.
Proving that she is all of us post-break-up, Bella Hadid unfollowed Selena Gomez on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon and now finally one of her friends has spoken out, showing that she is team Bella, not Selena.
Close friend and fellow model Hailey Baldwin threw subtle shade at Selena and The Weeknd’s relationship by tweeting a video of her BFF in the bath, captioning it ‘Wait sorry, WHO could possibly be cuter than @bellahadid…literally nobody.’
Eagle-eyed fans spotted just days ago that Selena and The Weeknd were now follow each other on Instagram which, while not outright confirming their relationship, is considered by many as a modern way of showing you’re dating each other.
Since then the couple have properly become Instagram official, with The Weeknd uploading an Instagram story of Selena admiring Botticelli’s Venus at the Uffizi Gallery, and Selena posting a black and white video of her new beau on a boat ride during their Florence trip, later deleting it.
The pair also recently went out to restaurant Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and there were plenty of PDA moments – but then again, it seems as if romance isn’t the only reason for PDA these days – so of course now there’s a lot of speculation.
According to PEOPLE: ‘It was a romantic dinner date in the rain. They acted like a couple. They ordered pasta and shared the food. She seemed very into him – she was smiling a lot. They left holding hands.’
The pair have known each other since at least the 2015 Victoria’s Secret show when they both performed [pictured] but it’s unknown how long they’ve been seeing each other.
Still, we’re pleased that Selena Gomez seems to be happy after she recently announced her career hiatus due to mental and physical health issues. Remember Selena Gomez’s triumphant AMA acceptance speech?