The Weeknd has been soothing his aches and pains from a split with longtime girlfriend Bella Hadid by spending time with Selena Gomez. Fans have had heated reactions to the rumored romance since photos surfaced of them together -- and they’re not the only ones.
Justin Bieber, who dated Gomez, 24, off and on for a number of years starting in 2010, reportedly thinks there’s something fishy about reports the “Heart Wants What It Wants” singer and The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, are an item. Sources claiming to be close to the pop star told TMZ he believes his ex’s new beau is nothing more than an attempt to garner attention. The anonymous source noted Gomez’s penchant for dating male celebrities with whom she works, suggesting that she and the “Starboy” crooner may be preparing to release new music.
Bieber isn’t the only one who has qualms about Gomez and The Weeknd being together. Fans flocked to the songstress’ Instagram account after their first sighting to call her a “traitor,” a “snake” and many other negative things for dating Hadid’s ex. Many felt the ex-Disney star’s new romance broke an unspoken girl code. One source shared with Us Weekly, however, that Gomez and The Weeknd’s relationship is not a violation because she and the younger Hadid sister were merely “distant acquaintances.”
“Selena is not good friends with either Gigi or Bella,” the source said. “She knows them through other people, but they are just acquaintances. She is friendly with them, but not friends with them.”
Gomez and The Weeknd were first spotted together on Jan. 10. The duo are said to have grabbed a bite together in Santa Monica, California. They were photographed by paparazzi nearby smooching outside Giorgio Baldi, a popular Italian eatery. In one photo, Gomez can be seen holding onto The Weeknd’s chest as he places his hand over hers. In another they share a kiss. Sources told E! News Gomez and The Weeknd’s dinner lasted three hours and both were “so happy” when they left.
It’s not clear whether the relationship is serious or not at this point. There has been no news of a collaboration between Gomez and The Weeknd being released.