Selena Gomez and The Weeknd: Everything you need to know

Their unexpected, 10-month romance was short-lived but that doesn't make it any less iconic.

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd made headlines when they first started dating in 2017 after splitting from their uber-famous other halves – Justin Bieber and Bella Hadid, respectively.

Selena, 27, an American singer, actress and executive producer, and The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, a Canadian, Grammy-winning singer and producer, 29, lasted almost 10 months together. But in the end, it seems, Justin played a role in their undoing.

WHO takes a look back at their headline-grabbing romance.

Selena and The Weeknd were pictured kissing for the first time on January 11, 2017, outside an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, California, just two months after he split from supermodel Bella Hadid, the sister of fellow model Gigi Hadid. (Both Gigi and Selena are in Taylor Swift’s squad.)

But there had been speculation about the pair after the R&B singer’s hit Party Monster featured these lyrics: “Like Selena, ass shaped like Selena.” The song was released in November, 2016 – the same month he broke up with Bella, who he had been dating since January 2015.

Meanwhile, Selena and Justin Bieber (who is now married to Hailey Baldwin) had been having an on-again, off-again relationship since 2010. It is unknown when they officially split before Selena hooked up with The Weeknd, but it is believed to be around late 2015.

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (Credit: Getty)

Selena and The Weeknd first met when they both performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015. The Weeknd was dating Bella at the time, but Selena told a radio show that she fell for him instantly.

Shortly after they were spotted kissing, they started following each other on Instagram, before he took her on a PDA-filled, romantic getaway to Florence and Venice, Italy.

The Weeknd’s ex Bella Hadid unfollowed Selena on Instagram the day after the initial kissing photos were released, while The Weeknd and Selena waited until March to unfollow Bella.

In February 2017, Baby singer Justin Bieber, Selena’s ex, made a number of jibes at the pair, including that she was using The Weeknd for publicity. He also called  The Weeknd’s music “whack” and trolled him on Instagram.

The Weeknd responded to Justin with a song in collaboration with rapper Nav, called Some Way. Fans believe the following lyrics are about Justin and some claim that Selena even helped The Weeknd write them.

I think your girl, think your girl, fell in love with me

She say my f–k and my tongue game a remedy

Oh yeah, yeah, I just hit a lick and I know you feelin’ some way

(nah, nah nah nah, nah nah nah)

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

She just want a n–a like me, I play no games

In April, the pair sent fans into overdrive when they attended Coachella together and made their relationship Instagram official when Selena posted a selfie of them together on April 15.

On May 1, the handsome duo made their red carpet debut at the 2017 Met Gala, just one year after The Weeknd attended the 2016 Met Gala with ex Bella. The pair turned on the PDA for photographers on the famous steps.

E! reported that Selena was overheard whispering “I love you” in The Weeknd’s ear. 

They headed up the steps and into the ball just before, Bella, her mother, Yolanda, and brother, Anwar, arrived.

Speaking in August in her September interview with InStyle, Selena opened up about The Weeknd and how happy he made her.

“I really am [happy with him]. It’s great,” she said. “[But] I don’t depend on one area of my life to make me happy. It’s really important for me to love and nourish my friends and family and to make sure that I never get influenced by a guy. I’ve wanted to be in a strong headspace for years, and I really wasn’t. Before, I was so young and easily influenced, and I’d feel insecure. You want someone to add to your life, not to complete you, if that makes sense. I’m lucky because he’s more of a best friend than anything else.”

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez at the 2017 Met Gala
The Weeknd and Selena Gomez at the 2017 Met Gala (Credit: Getty)

On September 14, Selena, who has lupus, announced that she had a kidney transplant some time during the weeks previous. Her donor was actress and friend Francia Raisa. 

A source told People that The Weeknd rearranged his tour dates so he could be with his girlfriend. 

“It was a super serious operation,” the source said, “and all her friends were worried.”

The two were seen on their final public date together on October 12th at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.

Shortly after that The Weeknd went back on tour, and Selena started hanging out with Justin Bieber again after he reached out to reconnect when he found out about her kidney transplant. 

The week before The Weeknd and Selena announced their split, Selena and Justin were pictured having breakfast, going to church, and spending the night at each other’s houses. In the weeks, Selena and Justin get back together again until at least March 2018.

Meanwhile, a few weeks after his breakup with Selena, The Weeknd got back together with Bella. The pair remained together until August 2019.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards (Credit: Getty)

WATCH BELOW: Bella Hadid and The Weeknd loved up at the Met Gala

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