The Way They Were: A Day-by-Day Look Back of Selena and The Weeknd's Whirlwind Romance
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd called it quits after almost a year of dating back in October 2017, but the R&B singer's latest EP, My Dear Melancholy, has sparked renewed interest in their relationship. Even though the two may not even be friends anymore (they stopped following each other on Instagram), we thought we'd take a nostalgic look back at the way they used to be. From trips around the world to PDA-filled red carpets, here's a day-by-day timeline of Selena and The Weeknd's romance.
Jan. 10, 2017
Fans were in for quite the surprise when The Weeknd and Selena were caught sharing a kiss outside of Giorgio Baldi restaurant in LA. Selena was not shy about showing PDA as she wrapped her arms around the 26-year-old singer and nuzzled his neck.
Jan. 11, 2017
One person who may not have been too pleased with the photos of The Weeknd and Selena kissing was his ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid. Not long after the pictures surfaced, Bella hit the "unfollow" button on Selena's Instagram profile. However, Bella still follows The Weeknd, and Selena also remains one of Bella's followers.
Jan. 12, 2017
The Weeknd debuted his music video for "Party Monster," and many fans were left wondering whether the singer had been crushing on Selena prior to their late-night rendezvous at Giorgio Baldi restaurant. In the song, The Weeknd sings, "Ooh, she mine, ooh, girl, bump a line / Angelina, lips like Angelina / Like Selena, ass shaped like Selena." It's unclear whether the Selena in question is Selena Gomez or the late Selena Quintanilla, but given the fact that he and the "Hands to Myself" singer both performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015 and have known each other for quite some time, it's easy to assume that lyric is about her. The only problem? The Weeknd was still dating Bella when the song was written.
Jan. 15, 2017
Less than a week after the couple were caught kissing, Selena was spotted listening to The Weeknd's Starboy album outside of a church in LA.
Jan. 20, 2017
Another person who didn't seem happy with Selena moving on was her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. TMZ caught up with the "Sorry" singer as he was leaving Delilah in West Hollywood and asked him if he listens to the fellow Canadian's music. Before the photographer could even finish his question, Justin replied, "Hell no, I can't listen to a Weeknd song! That sh*t's wack."
Jan. 24, 2017
A day after The Weeknd began following Selena on Instagram, the "Same Old Love" singer returned the favor and gave him a follow back. Selena's cousin Priscilla DeLeon also followed him.
Jan. 27, 2017
The next day, the couple jetted off to Italy for a romantic vacation. The two looked very much in love as they gave each other sweet looks while touring the Accademia Gallery in Florence.
Jan. 28, 2017
Jan. 30, 2017
The duo continued their romantic trip by enjoying a sweet stroll in Venice. The pair followed up their walk by taking in the sights on a boat, and Selena posted a now-deleted black and white video of The Weeknd on Instagram with a heart-eyes emoji caption.
Jan. 31, 2017
Before leaving Venice, Selena was spotted blowing kisses to a nearby fan while walking arm in arm with The Weeknd, who showed off his courtly manners as he led the way and carried her purse.
Feb. 6, 2017
Following their whirlwind Italian getaway, Selena and The Weeknd were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner at Sunset Tower in LA. According to an onlooker, "They walked in holding hands and were very cozy together. They looked very happy together and were escorted to a private back table." After dinner, the duo snuggled up before heading out, and Selena "was hugging him from behind and they could not keep their hands off each other."
Feb. 11, 2017
The pair kicked off their Valentine's Day celebration early with a romantic evening on a yacht in Marina del Rey, CA. The two packed on the PDA, kissing and cuddling under a blanket before sailing away.
Feb. 12, 2017
While Selena didn't accompany her man to the Grammys, the duo reunited at Rihanna's private afterparty at 1 OAK nightclub in LA. A source told People, "They were partying, dancing, and singing along with French Montana and James Harden." The couple was later photographed leaving the club in the back of an SUV.
Feb. 21, 2017
Things seemed to be getting serious because Selena gave her boyfriend a subtle shout-out during a family game night. Selena's mom shared a photo on Instagram and fans nearly lost it when they noticed Selena rocking The Weeknd's concert t-shirt.
Feb. 26, 2017
Selena continued being a supportive girlfriend when she jetted off to Europe to join The Weeknd on his Starboy world tour. Not only was she spotted hanging out backstage, but she shared a video of his performance on her Instagram story and called him "baby."
Feb. 27, 2017
A day later, the couple were seen leaving La Reserve hotel in Paris. Even though they didn't show any PDA this time around, they appeared to be in good spirits.
Feb. 28, 2017
After jetting off to Europe to join The Weeknd on his Starboy world tour, Selena was spotted planting a kiss on her boyfriend's cheek at an afterparty for his concert at L'Arc in Paris. The cute moment went down just one day before The Weeknd ran into ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid at the H&M runway show.
March 11, 2017
Selena shared a photo of herself hanging out in the studio with a couple of friends on Instagram. While the photo initially seemed innocent enough, turns out Selena was wearing The Weeknd's sweater. The "Nothing Without You" singer called out his girlfriend in the comments section, writing, "Sweater," with rolling eyes emoji.
March 16, 2017
Following their whirlwind trip to Europe, Selena and The Weeknd made a quick stop in his hometown of Toronto. The pair packed on the PDA as The Weeknd kissed Selena on the cheek and the two held hands while doing a little shopping. Selena also shared a photo of herself resting her feet on The Weeknd's lap on her Instagram story.
March 19, 2017
While touring The Weeknd's hometown of Toronto, the "I Feel It Coming" singer stole a page out of pal Drake's playbook and took Selena on a romantic date at Ripley's Aquarium. He shared a number of photos and videos from the outing on his Instagram story, including a Boomerang video of Selena twirling around and a shot of him gazing into a jellyfish tank. The aquarium just so happens to be the same one Drake and Rihanna visited back in 2016. No word on whether they got matching shark tattoos.
March 24, 2017
March 26, 2017
The Weeknd and Selena Gomez were then spotted heading out of Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil following his concert at Lollapalooza. Selena attentively watched her boyfriend as he took the stage and even documented his performance on her Instagram story.
March 28, 2017
Selena and The Weeknd stopped in Argentina ahead of his concert in Buenos Aires. They went on a mini bar crawl through Palermo, reportedly watched a soccer game, and shared a few kisses at a handful of bars in the area before retiring to their hotel later that night.
April 15, 2017
A week after The Weeknd finally made their romance Instagram official, the couple ware not shy about showing PDA when they hit up Coachella. The Canadian crooner and the 13 Reasons Why executive producer were practically inseparable as they strolled the festival grounds arm in arm. Selena also commemorated the occasion by posting the first photo of her and The Weeknd on her Instagram feed.
May 1, 2017
The pair pretty much looked like they got married when they made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala in NYC. The happy couple posed for the cameras and also snuck in a little PDA as they pulled each other in close for a hug and shared a sweet kiss.
May 25, 2017
After much speculation, Selena seemingly confirmed that her new single, "Bad Liar," is about The Weeknd during an interview with Miami's Power 96.5 FM. While Selena didn't name him directly, she did say that she's "taken" and revealed the last lie she told. "I tried to say that I wanted to . . . I was, like, planning a trip and I was saying, like, 'I'm going to leave,'" she explained. "But I was trying to get somebody really cute to tell me to stay."
July 24, 2017
After headlining at Paris's Lollapalooza, The Weeknd flew back to LA to celebrate Selena's 25th birthday. The Weeknd shared a video of his journey on Instagram, writing, "On my way to you," and a day later, the couple were spotted together at Soho House in Malibu, CA.
Aug. 20, 2017
While The Weeknd usually steered clear from talking about his relationship with Selena in interviews, he seemed to have no problem showing off their romance on social media. In addition to sharing Selena's Coach ad on his Instagram story, the R&B crooner also posted a photo of himself and Selena cuddled up on the couch while he played video games. That same day, the couple were seen enjoying a romantic date at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
Sept. 5, 2017
After Selena's Instagram was hacked, the singer shared a candid photo of her and The Weeknd on a romantic dinner date in NYC.
Sept. 8, 2017
The pair heated up the red carpet when they attended the Harper's Bazaar Icons party in NYC.
Oct. 30, 2017
A month later, the couple surprised fans when they broke up after almost a year of dating. According to People, long distance was the reason for their split. "She and Abel have been going back and forth for a few months about their relationship," a source told the publication at the time. "It's been hard with him being on tour and her shooting in New York. That wasn't easy on them." Even though Selena "always made an effort" to join him on tour, "that played a part in them getting distant. It's over for now, but they're still in touch."
Their split also came hot on the heels of Selena's reconciliation with Justin Bieber. Even though insiders claimed The Weeknd was totally fine with them just being "friends," his new single, "Call Out My Name," seems to prove otherwise.