Since rumors that they were dating first started swirling in 2010, fans have been obsessed with Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s dating status. Their on-again-off-again relationship seemed to keep everyone guessing each time about whether they would go the distance or call it quits for good. Every reconciliation had fans believing in love all over again and every breakup cause a ripple of heartbreak in the fandom.
Despite breaking up and dating other people, Gomez and Bieber found their way back into each others’ arms, and despite their history of dating and breaking up, it’s clear that no matter where they land, they each hold a special place in each other's heart. Let’s take a look at their time together, from the first rumor, to the Instagram official moments, and through their multiple breakups and make ups.
How It All Began
Back in the day, 2009 to be exact, Bieber’s manager contacted Gomez’s manager so they could meet. Who can forget when Bieber serenaded Gomez on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest? It was a sweet moment that no Jelena fan can forget.
Kids Choice Awards Cuties
They were so young, huh? Gomez and Bieber posed together at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, where they seemed like close friends.
Gomez and Bieber wrapped their arms around each other at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards...were things heating up between them?
In 2010, Bieber and Gomez first sparked dating rumors when they were spotted hanging out together. Bieber told MTV that he hoped to keep his private life private, explaining: "I think that people are always gonna be interested in my personal life... but I gotta keep some things to myself. I'm just having fun being a teenager."
Vanity Fair Oscars Party
Paparazzi pics showed the two kissing on a yacht in St. Lucia in January 2011, but Bieber and Gomez finally made things "red carpet official" the next month at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscars party. Fans were over-the-moon excited about Jelena's public appearance together.
Celebrating Their Relationship
In 2011, Gomez talked openly about dating Bieber, telling Seventeen magazine at the time: “I don't like hiding. I do like to keep certain things to myself, but at the end of the day, I'm eighteen, and I'm going to fall in love. I'm going to hang out with people, and I'm going to explore myself, and I'm okay with that.”
Billboard Music Awards
Remember these two at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in May? Fresh faces, in love, and fueling couple goals, Bieber and Gomez were having the time of their lives.
In May 2011, Bieber and Gomez enjoyed a beach in Hawaii together, walking hand-in-hand and hugging while she wore a pink bikini and he rocked swim trunks.
MuchMusic Video Awards
Bieber joined 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards host Gomez on stage for a cute, flirty moment while receiving the award for International Video of the Year By A Canadian. Be still our hearts.
Bieber and Gomez traveled the awards show circuit together that year, apparently, this time snuggling up at the 2011 ESPY Awards in July.
Teen Choice Awards
Continuing their award show public appearance sweep, Bieber and Gomez were playful and kissy during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards.
With every award show, the couple looked even more in love, as seen here when Bieber leaned in to kiss his gorgeous date.
Movie Premiere Date
Gomez looked less than thrilled when she and Bieber hit up the premiere of Abduction at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in September 2011, but it’s likely it was because the paparazzi were bugging her. Could these two go anywhere without cameras on them?
Jelena continued to be going strong in September of 2011, seen looking loved up at Paradise Cove in Malibu. The couple fed seagulls, walked holding hands, kissed and spent some time cozying up to each other.
Bieber and Selena enjoyed a Winnipeg Jets hockey game in October 2011—they were wearing matching jerseys and spotted kissing in a VIP private suite.
Romantic Helicopter Ride
In October 2011, Bieber and Gomez were spotted taking a helicopter ride over the Corcovado mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Paparazzi Everywhere, All the Time
Bieber and Gomez looked in less than happy moods when arriving at the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards, with paparazzi tracking their every move.
City of Love
Bieber and Gomez enjoyed the romantic city of Paris together in November 2011 and it appeared that everything was going strong with the two.
2011 American Music Awards
In November 2011, Jelena graced the American Music Awards red carpet, looking oh-so-glam and happy, with Bieber planting a kiss on his lovely girlfriend.
First Break Up Rumors
Uh-oh, Jelena was rumored to be on the rocks by November 2011 when buzz swirled that Gomez dumped him amid a baby daddy scandal, but it turned out the reports weren’t true.
Family Beach Day
Gomez and Bieber gave fans a glimpse of their future when they spent the day with Biebs’ family at a beach in Malibu, running around with little kids, in February 2012.
Still Going Strong
Gomez and Bieber enjoyed a pretty non-celeb meal out, grabbing lunch at Panera Bread in Glendale, California in April 2012. Photos showed the couple were happy, talking and laughing while holding hands during their lunch date.
Lakers Game Smooch
Gomez and Bieber shared a kiss during a Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center in April 2012. Goals on goals on goals.
Jelena fans were loving it when the couple showed up for the premiere of Katy Perry’s Part of Me, appearing happy and holding hands while hustling past the crowd of onlookers.
Engagement Rumors Swirl
Throughout 2012, it seemed Jelena engagement rumors swirled a few times, with Bieber commenting to Le Parisien: "No, I'm too young. One day, I will get engaged, when I have found the right person in five or 10 years. It doesn't mean Selena is not the right person though! She's going to kill me if I say that!"
Cozy On Set
Gomez and Bieber looked pretty loved up when she visited him on the set of his music video in April 2012 in Los Angeles, with several photos showing her straddling Biebs.
Teen Choice Date
Gomez and Bieber were all smiles while seated in the audience at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards in July. Gomez turned 20 the day before this event, when Bieber gave a shoutout on Twitter, writing: "happy birthday @selenagomez!!! everyone show love!!" Gomez shared her birthday blessings on social media, writing: "beyond blessed, so much love. Thank you for the most incredible birthday yet! I'm truly, truly grateful. I love my family, friends and all of you."
While the initial breakup rumor didn’t hold any water, Bieber and Gomez did split in November 2012, with their busy schedules believed to be to part of the reason, as well as trust issues. An insider told Us magazine: "Selena definitely had some major trust issues with Justin."
In April 2013, fans saw Bieber and Gomez back together, courtesy of a pic he posted on Instagram of them cuddled up, with him shirtless... which he later deleted. It definitely got fans talking and hopeful that they were back together, but Bieber spilled in an interview at the end of 2013 that they weren't speaking, telling Big Boy's Neighborhood, that Gomez is “a great woman. I love her till this day." He added, "I think we're going to be the greatest of friends. Right now we're taking a little time and not talking."
Recording Studio Rendezvous
While Bieber was working with YouTube star Madison Beer at a Miami recording studio in April 2014, Gomez stopped by for a visit, getting fans' hopes up (again!) for a reconciliation.
Bieber got everyone’s hopes up again when he posted a loved up pic on Instagram of Gomez hugging his head, captioning it, "Our love is unconditional." Then he deleted it. Wait... what? Were they back together, simply hanging out... what was happening?
Fighting With Orlando Bloom?
Reports swirled in July 2014 that Orlando Bloom and Bieber allegedly got into a fist fight, presumably about Gomez. Bloom and Gomez were spotted together in April 2014 and Bieber had gotten chummy with Bloom's ex-wife, Miranda Kerr, at a 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Breaking Up… Again
Gomez performed "The Heart Wants What It Wants" in November 2014 at the American Music Awards, which she said was about Bieber. She later told Elle magazine in 2015: "Everybody was talking about the same thing: my relationship... I said, 'I want this performance to be the last time I have to talk about this. And acknowledge this feeling.'" They eventually confirmed that they split once again.
Nothing says a relationship is dunzo quite like unfollowing on Instagram, which fans sadly witnessed in November 2014 when Bieber reportedly unfollowed Gomez. He followed that up by posting a pic of himself with Hailey Baldwin and a caption that said he’s “super single” in December.
Love For Each Other
While the couple were broken up, Gomez said in a September 2015 Elle interview that she will always support Bieber, explaining: "We grew up together. I think people want it to be different. We're too young for that. Nobody was married. There was no... I respect him. And I think he respects me, in a healthy manner." During a November 2015 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Bieber confirmed that Gomez was the inspiration for many songs on his new album, Purpose.
Other Lovers, More Drama
After their split, each was linked to other people, with Bieber and Hailey Baldwin appearing to be a couple after he posted pics of their getaway to St. Barth's and told GQ in 2016 that Baldwin is “someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together.” Later in 2016, Bieber and Sofia Richie appear to be in a relationship after he posts pics of them together on Instagram, which gets backlash from fans and leaves Bieber threatening to make his account private "if you guys don't stop the hate." Gomez and DJ Zedd were linked (briefly) at one point and Gomez and The Weeknd started a relationship in January 2017.
Despite their history, Gomez still poured on the compliments for her former boyfriend during a June 2017 Sirius XM Morning Mash Up interview, in which she praised Bieber's performance at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Those feel-good Jelena vibes were back in full force when Bieber and Gomez were spotted together again in October 2017 at her California home. Rumors swirled as fans wondered if the two were just friends or something more.
Gomez and Bieber not only hung out casually at a restaurant, but they also shared time at church together in late October 2017 and were seen going to her home again.
Despite rumors that Bieber and Gomez were getting friendly again, Gomez was still linked to The Weeknd, but the official confirmation of their split came in October 2017, paving the way for Jelena to date once again.
Happy Together… Again
With The Weeknd out of the picture, any photos of Gomez and Bieber spending time together made Jelena fans’ hearts soar, as it looked like they were in love all over again. Sigh.
Taking It To The Next Level
When Gomez was seen sporting Bieber’s hockey jersey in November 2017, fans of the couple definitely felt like these two were all in again... but this time, was it for good?
Bieber’s #1 Hockey Fan
An image of Gomez leaning in for a kiss while Bieber played hockey in November 2017 was all the proof that fans needed to know they were fully back on again.
Bieber and Gomez grabbed a private jet together in December 2017 ahead of the holidays. Things were definitely looking serious.
With breakup rumors swirling yet again, Jelena fans breathed a sigh of relief when the two were spotted leaving church together in January 2018.
Valentine’s Day 2018
Gomez and Bieber spent time together on the romantic holiday in 2018, enjoying a dinner date after attending church service.
Bieber and Gomez were on hand at a February 2018 wedding... Bieber’s dad’s wedding, that is, as the pop singer brought Gomez as his plus one.
Romantic Birthday Wishes
Gomez gave a shout out to Bieber on his birthday in an Instagram post captioned: “someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom.” This statement made their status Instagram official and Jelena fans were beyond thrilled.
More Church Time
Bieber and Gomez spent more time together, seen leaving another church service in Beverly Hills in March 2018, though they reportedly left in separate cars.
On the Rocks… Again?
It became unclear whether Bieber and Gomez could stick it out, as sources squealed in March 2018 that they needed some time apart.
Over for Good?
Fans have seen Jelena ride the highs and lows of their relationship before, but did they break up for good in early 2018? A source told E! News: "Selena realized even though he’s made some positive improvements, they just aren’t a perfect match right now."
Never Lose Hope
Jelena fans were slightly hopeful when a source told People that Bieber wanted to reconcile with Gomez, that he "misses" her and "He loves her. He wants her back."
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