It's still early days, but so far Selena Gomez's rumoured relationship with The Weeknd is gearing up to be most the most controversial couplings of 2017, not least of all because of all the drama it's possibly causing with his very recent ex, Bella Hadid. Here's everything you need to know so far:
Jan. 11, 2017:
TMZ releases paparazzi photos that show Selena and The Weeknd (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) making out outside of Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. This is about two months after Bella and The Weeknd reportedly split, and a little over a month after they shared a deliciously awkward moment on the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris.
The kissing photos immediately go viral, in part because Selena is friends with Bella's sister Gigi, making this the perfect recipe for a celebrity #SquadWar. Bella quietly unfollows Selena on Instagram, and so it begins.
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."
That makes this photo, taken at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, extra awkward.
Jan. 12, 2017:
Selena takes a suuuuper-sexy photo, shot by photographer Mert Alas, in which she's nude except for a barely there thong. The original photo, which appeared on Alas's Instagram and included a tag for The Weeknd (a fan page, no less) and a heart emoji, is soon taken down but not before fans who know how to take a screengrab get involved.
Jan. 13, 2017:
In what seems to be a direct response to Selena's topless photo, Bella posts her own sexy selfie featuring some serious sideboob.
Jan. 15, 2017:
Selena is spotted listening to The Weeknd's latest album, Starboy while on her way to church in West Hollywood. Later that night, TMZ catches up with her outside Italian restaurant Terroni in L.A. They try asking her about Bella and The Weeknd, but you can guess how that went.
Jan. 17, 2017:
A "source close to the supermodel" tells 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."
Jan. 18, 2017:
A "Gomez insider" Us Weekly that Selena and The Weeknd "started hanging out as friends and it became romantic... They’re working on very sexy music, so it spilled over." A "Hadid pal" claims that "Bella has reached out to Abel a few times and told him Selena is using him," since Selena has a history of loving and leaving her music collaborators (see Zedd and Charlie Puth). Apparently, The Weeknd isn't buying it. "He thinks she’s just jealous and isn’t listening to her," according to the Hadid pal. Us Weekly's report echoes TMZ, who spoke to a trusty "Bieber source" who said the singer believes Selena is only involved with The Weeknd to promote music.
Jan. 25, 2017:
Selena and Abel sort of make things Instagram official by following each other online. Meanwhile, one source tells E! News that Selena and Abel’s relationship has been “sexy and flirty” and that they’ve been texting “every day.” TMZ also reports that the new couple showed up at a weeknight hang at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood with friends Jaden Smith and French Montana.
Jan. 30, 2017:
Selena and Abel travel to Italy together, first visiting Florence, where they rented out an entire restaurant for a private dinner, then Venice, where they enjoyed a boat ride. Selena appears on his Instagram story while taking in Botticelli’s Venus at the Uffizi Gallery; he appears in a now-deleted Instagram video on her account, along with the heart-eyes emoji.
Feb. 14, 2017:
TMZ releases photos of Selena and Abel making out and relaxing on a luxury yacht in Marina Del Rey, California. According to the site, the Leight Star costs around $85,000 to rent for one week, NBD. TMZ also reports that Selena picked up the $30,000 tab for Abel's 27th birthday party at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood the night before, even though she didn’t attend. (Selena’s on the East Coast for New York Fashion Week).
Feb. 15, 2017:
The Weeknd’s new song with Toronto rapper Nav receives truckloads of attention thanks to one line that may or may not be about Justin Bieber’s bedroom skills (or lack thereof). In “Some Way,” the Weeknd sings, “I think your girl, think your girl, fell in love with me / She say my fuck and my tongue game a remedy.” The song’s hook is also noteworthy: “Oh yeah, yeah, I just hit a lick and I know you feeling’ some way / I just took that chick and I know you feeling’ some way, oh yeah / She just want a nigga like me, you feeling’ some way, way, way, yeah / She just want a nigga like me, I play no games.”