The hottest couple of 2017 is already Abelena -that's Selena Gomez and the Weeknd (birth name: Abel Tesfaye). Their fledgling relationship has more drops than a Starboy song and more mini-feuds (with exes Bieber and Bella, just to name a few) than you can keep up with. We collected all the drama and cutest moments so far - see if you can keep up!
November 10, 2015
When both Selena Gomez and the Weeknd performed at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, he bowed down to her on the runway. It might have been an innocent, platonic moment... or it could have been the first sign that he was into her.
January 10, 2017
BREAKING: basically out of nowhere, Selena and the Weeknd were spotted K-I-S-S-I-N-G in 46 separate, glorious paparazzi pics (which you can view on TMZ) outside Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica.
Selena had reportedly been single for awhile, but the Weeknd had just split from Bella Hadid two months earlier. In the wake of the news, Bella unfollowed Selena on Instagram.
According to E! News, The Weeknd's "always had a thing for Selena." He thinks she is "extremely talented and sexy," E!'s source revealed. "They recently started talking before the holidays but she has been on his radar before ... They are taking things slow and getting to know each other."
Fans started to wonder if the Starboy track "Party Monster" referenced the new romance. When the song first debuted, most people assumed the lyric "Like Selena, a** shaped like Selena" was a tribute to Selena Quintanilla (and fun fact, Gomez is named after her). But not after Gomez and the Weeknd's makeout sesh...
January 12, 2017
Photographer Mert Alas posted a super sexy pic of Selena posing in a nude thong and a white towel.
He tagged the Weeknd with a heart and quickly deleted it - but not before a fan got a screenshot (gotta get those receipts, y'all).
Apparently in response, Bella 'grammed a steamy Boomerang in a black one-piece.
Meanwhile, at home, we were all like, yes, we know, you are both hot. Got it.
January 15, 2017
When Selena was photographed getting out of her car in West Hollywood, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the Weeknd's new album Starboy happened to be playing on her iPhone.
The photo lends evidence to two separate theories:
- She really digs the Weeknd (or at least his music).
- They're not just making out - they're actually collaborating on music together, too.
Later that night, the paps caught up to her outside the restaurant Terroni in Los Angeles, but she wasn't interested in answering their questions about her relationship with the Weeknd or the fact that Bella recently unfollowed her.
January 17, 2017
A source close to the model told People that Bella and the Weeknd's split "wasn't dramatic, but of course she's hurt and pissed that he's moved on so quickly with Selena." Meanwhile, she made her feelings crystal clear on Instagram.
January 18, 2017
Call it a case of jealous exes or call it the truth - no one really knows - but according to an anonymous source at Us Weekly, Bella told the Weeknd that Selena is "using" him; meanwhile, an anonymous source at TMZ said Justin Bieber felt Selena was dating the Weeknd to promote her career.
January 21, 2017
Yeah, maybe those "Selena using the Weeknd" rumors really do just come down to jealousy. Because when TMZ caught up with Biebs to ask if he listened to the Weeknd's music, he replied, "Hell no, that sh*t is whack." Sigh.
January 23, 2017
Things! Are! Happening!
The Weeknd followed Selena on Instagram...
... and the following day, she followed him back.
But despite the never-ending texts, they supposedly hadn't put a label on their relationship.
"As of now, they are just having fun and enjoying each other," the source added, noting, "They are taking things slow and getting to know each other."
January 25, 2017
After the mutual Insta follow comes the next step: hanging out in public with each other's friends. Selena joined the Weeknd at a Hollywood Dave & Buster's along with Jaden Smith and French Montana.
Onlookers who were lucky enough to be in the new couple's presence told E! News they looked "smitten" as they left the arcade around 3 a.m. Here's your proof: paparazzi caught them holding hands on their way out of the building!
January 27, 2017
The Weeknd visited his manager Wassim "Sal" Slaiby's newborn baby, captioning the adorable pic "Uncle Abel."
But he wasn't alone. If you look suuuper closely at Sal's Insta, you can spot Selena right there, too (check her out near the top left, holding the baby).
January 29, 2017
Did the Weeknd just make things Instagram official?! Take a look - while he and Selena were visiting Italy together (um, hello, swoon), he posted a pic of her admiring The Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to Instagram Stories.
Look. How. Happy. She. Looks. Just look!
January 30, 2017
Selena posted a sweet vid of her boo on Instagram... but then deleted it that same day. Ugh.
January 31, 2017
The original seating chart for the Grammy Awards (on February 12) had these two lovebirds sitting separately. But according to TMZ, the Weeknd submitted a request with the Recording Academy to switch things up so he and Sel could sit side by side.
February 12, 2017
The anticipation for these two to make their red carpet debut at the Grammys together was HIGH. But the Weeknd skipped the red carpet and went straight to his performance, and Selena never showed up.
Even though she didn't make it to the actual show, she at least liked a photo of her bae's performance.
Meanwhile, when a fan asked Justin to name his current fave song, he answered "Starboy" by the Weeknd. He shaded the R&B star so hard by delivering the line seriously, then cracking up hysterically, making it clear that he was being sarcastic.
February 15, 2017
Up until now, the Weeknd hadn't responded to Justin's shade. Maybe that was epic restraint, or maybe he was just busy working on this jam that slammed the Biebs once and for all. "Some Way," the collab he co-wrote with NAV, includes lyrics like, "I think your girl, I think your girl fell in love with me" and "I just took that chick, and I know you feelin' some way, oh yeah / She just want a n–a like me, you feelin' some way, way, way, yeah."
February 20, 2017
Selena kiiiind of gave the Weeknd a shout-out on her mom's Instagram. Mama Mandy Teefey posted a 'gram of "family game night" in which she broke down the rumored couple's relationship status in the most mom way possible: "@selenagomez 'date' for the night was two hours late so he missed group photo @rayhughesla! NO THEY ARE NOT REALLY DATING."
But despite the all-caps proclamation that Abelena isn't ~official~, fans were quick to spot a clue in the photo. Selena is wearing a shirt from the Weeknd's line of tour merch.
February 25, 2017
OK, they might not be "really dating," as Sel's mom puts it, but they certainly are into each other. Exhibit A: Selena flew to Amsterdam to support her guy during his show. She posted four cutesy selfies while backstage at the concert.
"She plans on showing up here and there on his tour," a source told Us Weekly. "She has a ton going on so she can't drop everything, but she will show up on off-days."
February 26, 2017
Rather than partying it up at the Oscars, Selena flew to Germany to catch the Weeknd's performance at Drake's concert. A fan caught her watching in the crowd.
And Selena herself even drew a lit-up heart on her Instagram Story of his performance - one of the gushier moves we've seen from her thus far. Sweet!
March 16, 2017
Selena and The Weeknd spent a super casual day together in L.A.. They saw the movie "Get Out" and grabbed some dinner after the flick. But what's really going to make you go awwwwww is the way Sel and Star-boo sit in the car while traveling.
Selena shared a pic sitting in the back seat with her legs resting on The Weeknd's lap, his arm resting gently on her legs. It's literally the cutest thing you'll see for the rest of eternity.
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