It looks like the award for the first new celebrity couple of 2017 goes to Selena Gomez and The Weeknd.
TMZ’s cameras caught the pair kissing in LA earlier this week, surprising fans of both musicians.
Since the pop world seems a bit like high school, things are already heating up in the drama department for the new couple. Gomez famously spent years dating another Canadian musician, Justin Bieber. Bieber is good friends with Drake, who was friends with fellow Torontonian The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye. We’re not totally sure whether Bieber and The Weeknd are friends, but if they were, they probably aren’t anymore.
As for the ladies side, Gomez’s bestie Taylor Swift is friends with model Gigi Hadid, whose sister Bella Hadid dated The Weeknd for 18 months. Still with us? The pair broke up in 2016 and it seemed like there were no hard feelings, with Hadid posting this image and praising her ex following her debut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which included a performance from The Weeknd.
I can’t believe it! 💘💘💘 I was smiling SO HUGE on the inside I promise!!!! The most fun and nerve racking experience of my life but I wish I could do it over and over and over again!!!!! 🎀🎀Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always 😍 ❤️ And not enough thank you’s to @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro and the whole VS family!!!💕🙏🏼💗🎀thank you for believing in me I love you all so so so much 💗💗💗💗
The friendly relations between the exes may now be a thing of the past. Gomez’s friend and photographer Mert Alas posted this sexy pic of Gomez on Instagram earlier today, titling it ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ possibly a play on the title of The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness. The photographer also tagged Tesfaye in the comment section of his post and included a heart emoji.
Bella quickly unfollowed Gomez on Instagram after the release of the pic, signalling that she is obviously still in love with The Weeknd and loathes Gomez. Or, and this is the theory that we’re leaning towards, even the most amicable of exes still don’t want to look at pictures of their ex and his new girlfriend.
Gomez had a tough 2016, cancelling dates on her Revival World Tour to seek treatment for depression and anxiety brought on by her battle with lupus. Gomez returned to the spotlight at the Billboard Awards, giving a moving speech about staying true to oneself and putting your own health first.
Let’s hope this new relationship is a signal for a happy and healthy 2017 for Gomez and The Weeknd!