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Same Old Love! The Turbulent Dating History Of Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez

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May. 21 2019, Updated 3:06 a.m. ET

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Love is the most confusing thing in the world—particularly when you look at the closely-documented, on-again, off-again relationship of pop princess Selena Gomez and Canadian crooner Justin Bieber. Their tumultuous romance has become the eighth wonder of the world, keeping Selenators and Beliebers glued to the pop superstars' social media accounts.

More: Inside Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez's Wedding Weekend In Jamaica

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Throughout their love-hate-to-love relationship, which began in 2009, Jelena's relationship status was often reflected in their songwriting, going from "Can't Keep My Hands To Myself" to lone "Wolves." But "The Heart Wants What It Wants," so the "Same Old Love" has been rekindled multiple times. In Justin's oeuvre, he's gone from "Boyfriend" to his "Baby" to the tearjerking "Baby I'll be movin' on," and "Baby you should go and love yourself."

More: Selena Gomez And Justin Bieber Are Thinking About Having Kids!

Jelena's inability to keep their romance away from the constant public scrutiny may have been their inconceivable downfall multiple times. But as soon as we're sure they're done, they're spotted together again—Selena and Justin's fishbowl relationship has become such a complicated saga that it's nearly impossible to keep track of their dating status.

So are they or aren't they? OK! takes a look back at the 64 best and worst moments of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's drama-filled breakups and makeups spanning nearly a decade. Who knows? By the time you reach the end, they may even be back together!

The Full History: Every Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Break Up & Make Up!

2009: Justin And Selena Meet

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Selena and Justin met for the first time in 2009. Before they met, Justin asked his manager to reach out to Selena’s manager, the Disney star’s mom, to introduce the two teen idols. That’s when Justin officially laid the first bricks of a relationship that would go on to become one of the most talked-about romances in recent pop music history.

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March 2010: Just Friends?

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During one of her interviews on MTV, Selena addressed her ongoing friendship/relationship with Justin by describing the "Baby" singer as her "little brother."

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September 2010: The First Dating Rumors

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber dating rumors surfaced for the first time after the pair spent a suspiciously excessive amount of time together. Although the pair denied the dating rumors, Beliebers and Selenators have a hunch that Justin and Selena were more than just friends.

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January 2011: Cruising In The Caribbean

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Even though Justin and Selena remained tight-lipped about their budding romance, their lips revealed the "big secret" when the pair locked them during a vacation in the Caribbean. The lovebirds were spotted kissing and cuddling aboard a private yacht, but not all Beliebers were excited about the crooner’s girlfriend.

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February 2011: Relationship Rumors Continue

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Selenators and Beliebers couldn’t be fooled at this point. Although Justin and Selena still haven’t confirmed their romance, their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the Vanity Fair Oscar party—and, particularly, that kiss at the after-party—did all the talking.

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March 2011: Justin Confirms Their Relationship

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After months of dating rumors, Selena finally addressed the speculation, which by that point reached astronomical proportions. Selena and Justin made their relationship official. The "Heart Wants What It Wants" singer confirmed Jelena was a thing while chatting with Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. Selena also admitted that Beliebers weren’t exactly thrilled about their idol’s relationship with Selena, saying that the backlash from Justin’s fans “really hurts.” Beliebers refused to approve of Justin's love affair with Selena because the "Baby" singer's fan base was comprised primarily of young and teenage girls, who weren't eager to accept the fact that Justin fell in love with some girl. During the interview with Ellen, the host also gave Selena a pillow with her new beau’s face. Adorable!

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May 2011: PDA At The Billboard Music Awards

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Yay! The very first award show kiss of Jelena was seen at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. There’s even a goosebumps-inducing video of the duo kissing in front of thousands of onlookers. Needless to say, everyone in the audience went crazy to see Jelena’s passionate make out session.

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Summer 2011: Going Strong

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It almost seemed like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez couldn’t breathe without one another in the summer of 2011. They were glued at the lips essentially, as they kept kissing and packing on the PDA at every award show since announcing their relationship.

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July 2011: Sweet Birthday ‘Grams and Tweets

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Every detail matters, even a sweet happy birthday Instagram post and a no-less-sweet tweet. The Biebs wished his girlfriend a happy birthday on her 18th birthday, calling her "baby."

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August 2011: PDA At The Teen Choice Awards

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Justin got handsy at the Teen Choice Awards, grabbing his girlfriend by her backside and passionately kissing her at the awards ceremony. The pair also enjoyed a vacation together that month.

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September 2011: A Titanic Date Night

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Justin, 17 at the time, was convinced that Selena was the one, and that he would eventually marry her and have children together. "Selena loves kids, she is really great with them," the "Baby" singer gushed about his girlfriend in an interview with New! The Biebs had a major surprise for Selena when he rented out the entire Staples Center to enjoy a private screening of Titanic, just the two of them. "Romance isn’t dead," the singer tweeted after their flabbergasting date. "Treat your lady right fellas."

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November 2011: Justin’s Paternity Scandal

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Selena didn’t believe haters even for a second, so she stood by her beau’s side during the highly-publicized false paternity lawsuit drama. Justin had to take a paternity test to prove that Mariah Yeater, who alleged that the Biebs fathered her son, was not telling the truth.

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February 2012: Justin Put A Ring On It…But Not THAT Kind Of Ring

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Justin and Selena were clearly going strong, as they didn’t seem to leave each other’s side even for a second! In fact, Justin even gave his girlfriend a sparkly diamond ring as a gift for Valentine’s Day. And Selena couldn’t resist the temptation to share the snap on Instagram. The "Same Old Love" songstress wrote in the caption of the pic, "I’m finally home." The photo showed the ring and Selena’s hand being held by Justin. Aww!

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April 2012: Engagement Rumors Swirl

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As the teen couple continued packing on the PDA in front of everyone… everywhere. And there were many rumors suggesting that Justin and Selena might be planning to get engaged. But the "What Do You Mean?" singer denied the engagement rumors, saying that he was "too young" to tie the knot. "One day, I will get engaged, when I have found the right person in five or 10 years," Justin told Le Parisien. "It doesn't mean Selena is not the right person though! She's going to kill me if I say that!"

The month was quite eventful for Jelena, as the pair went to a Lakers game. At one point of the game, Selena was left red-faced when the couple appeared on the kiss cam in front of millions of viewers. The teen idol later admitted to Ryan Seacrest that the kiss cam moment was "probably the most humiliating thing that’s ever happened to me."

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November 2012: The First Breakup

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After nearly two years together, Selena and Justin announce their split, citing busy schedules. Sources close to the former couple, meanwhile, say that the "It Ain’t Me" singer had some "major trust issues with Justin." Uh oh.

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December 2012: On Again? A Post-Breakup Ski Trip

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Just one month after officially (is anything ever official in Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s relationship?) calling it quits, the "Love Yourself" singer shared an eye-popping photo of his ex on his Instagram account. That same month, the pair went on a ski trip along with Selena’s BFF Taylor Swift and her then-boyfriend, Harry Styles. The couples stayed in separate houses, according to sources, and it makes sense considering that Taylor can’t stand the Biebs. Why? No one knows for sure, but Taylor and Justin were actually friends before the "Baby" singer started dating Selena—he even opened for Taylor during her 2009 tour—and then their friendship suddenly fell apart. Fans believe that the romance between Selena and Justin ruined his friendship with Taylor.

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March 2013: Making Justin Cry

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Every talk show host has grilled Selena about her relationship with the Biebs, and the "Same Old Love" singer kinda got used to that. In fact, she had a clever response to David Letterman’s story about how he once made Justin cry. "Well, that makes two of us," Selena quipped back.

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April 2013: On Again: Meeting Up In Norway

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During his Believe tour in Europe, Justin made a stop in Norway. But long-distance relationship are the toughest, so the "Sorry" singer sent his girlfriend a not-so-subtle and not-so-private message, telling her to come visit him. "You’ve been makin music for too long babe come cuddle'—her," the Biebs captioned a since-deleted photo of him and Selena cuddling. And it worked! Selena dropped everything to catch a flight to Norway… For an unknown reason, their weekend reunion in Norway was a mess, according to multiple reports.

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May 2013: Cuddling At The Billboard Music Awards

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Justin and Selena actually (and finally) reunited at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, but not everyone was excited to see the pair getting cuddly. The lovebirds couldn’t keep their hands to themselves, but Selena’s BFF, Taylor Swift, definitely wasn’t rooting for Jelena. Seeing Selena and the Biebs sharing a quick smooch backstage, Taylor turned away while sticking her tongue out.

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July 2013: Are They Or Aren’t They?

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Amid reports that Selena was dating another pop superstar, Ed Sheeran, Jelena reunited to celebrate the Fourth of July together, as seen from a since-deleted photo of the two. The "As Long As You Love Me" singer captioned the snap "#heartbreaker," indicating that they weren’t dating. Nonetheless, many Jelena fans were convinced that the duo were back together in full force. In her interview with Ryan Seacrest later that month, Selena revealed that she was "stressed out" about cameras following her every move on the Fourth of July. The "Wolves" singer also denied the reunion rumors and insisted that she was single.

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January 2014 Part 1: Love The Way You Look At Me

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Justin seemed super determined to rekindle his on-again, off-again romance with Selena when he posted an adorable snap of the "Same Old Love" singer hugging her beau from behind and looking at him with the "I love you more than I love myself" eyes. "Love the way you look at me," the Biebs captioned the Instagram photo. The pic was posted shortly after the duo were spotted riding Segways together in Calabasas.

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January 2014 Part 2: Justin’s DUI Arrest

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Justin stirred up some controversy when he got arrested for a DUI in Miami. As if things couldn’t get any worse, there was a girl in his rented Lamborghini—and that girl wasn’t Selena. Coincidence or not, Selena checked into rehab shortly after her ex’s arrest.

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February 2014: Justin Breaks Instagram

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With no confirmation that Jelena got back together in sight, Justin literally crashed Instagram by posting a photo of Selena taken at an Oscars party. The "What Do You Mean?" singer wrote in the caption, "Most elegant princess in the world," sending millions of Beliebers into a frenzy (the pic received so many likes and comments that the social media platform went down!).

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March 2014: Spotted Together In Texas

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Selena and Justin looked casual as ever when they hit the streets of Texas to grab some coffee at Starbucks. Later that weekend, the pair went out for a romantic date, and the "Baby" singer was even seen serenading Selena during a performance.

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April 2014 Part 1: Busy Workin’

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Business as usual? Selena and the Biebs reunited at a Miami Recording Studio and were joined by Justin’s protégé Madison Beer.

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April 2014 Part 2: Kendall Jenner Enters The Triangle

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So, is there a Selena-Justin-Kendall love triangle or not? Kendall once again came between Jelena. At the end of April, Justin had a sushi dinner with the Kardashian-Jenner sibling at New York City hotspot Nobu 57. Just two weeks prior to his mysterious date with the model, Justin was seen getting handsy with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Selena. Clearly, Kendall eclipsed Jelena, even prompting Selena and Justin to unfollow each other on Instagram and Twitter.

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May 2014: The Taylor Swift Drama

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift buried the hatchet in the most epic way: by dancing at the Met Ball together. The besties, whose friendship was said to be on the rocks because of Selena’s relationship with Justin (yep, Taylor isn’t exactly the biggest fans of the Biebs), put their feud behind them. In the caption to the Instagram video showing Telena dance together, Selena wrote, "sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets." As you may have guessed already, Jelena fans interpreted the caption as follows: "I’m asking my best friend for advice about my troubled relationship."

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June 2014: Unconditional Love

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Justin shared a yet another black-and-white photo of Jelena, writing in the caption, "Our Love is Unconditional." Then the lovebirds were spotted at the L.A. Zoo with Justin’s grandparents, but Jelena fans couldn’t figure out if the pop superstars were dating again.

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August 2014: Instagram Official?

Selena and Justin kept Jelena fans in suspense for quite a while, and then all of a sudden, the "Boyfriend" singer posted a black-and-white snap of the two.

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September 2014: Dating Again

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Justin finally and officially confirmed that he and Selena were back together (or were they?). The "Where Are U Now" singer reportedly said "we’re dating" when asked by a lawyer to clarify his relationship status during a legal deposition. In addition to that, Justin shared a series of lovely photos of him and Selena on Instagram.

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October 2014 Part 1: Breaking Up Again?

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After just a month since they got back together, there was already trouble in paradise (again). The duo arrived in Paris for the Paris Fashion Week, and things went downhill pretty quickly. A video of Selena and Justin fighting at an airport surfaced on the Internet, and went on to become viral (at one point of the footage, Selena is seen throwing her purse on the floor). It’s unclear what the lovebirds were arguing about (perhaps jet lag was to blame), but fans knew that their fight was no joke when Justin was spotted with Kendall Jenner going out to dinner in the French capital. The Biebs spend the entire night with the supermodel, while Selena Gomez was posting lonely tweets that hinted at her (yet another) breakup with Justin Bieber.

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October 2014 Part 2: Social Media Serenades

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Shortly after their split, Justin kept shooting his Cupid’s arrows of love on social media to win his ex back. First, the "Love Yourself" singer shared a series of romantic snaps of him and Selena. After seeing no response from the love of his life, Justin posted several Instagram videos that showed him singing overly romantic songs, including "Nothing Like Us," an ode to his former flame.

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October 2014 Part 3: The Orlando Bloom Fight

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Despite Justin’s several attempts to woo Selena back, the "Wolves" singer made it clear that she wasn’t interested in getting back together so soon. Selena set off a flurry of confusion among Jelena fans when she was spotted catching a flight to Canada with Justin’s BFF Alfredo Flores. As if things weren’t confusing enough, Orlando Bloom was also spotted on that plane. Selena and Orlando were romantically linked in the past, while Justin reportedly hooked up with Orlando’s ex-wife and Victoria’s Secret angel, Miranda Kerr. Furthermore, reports from the summer of 2014 indicated that things got physical between Justin and Orlando, as the latter tried to punch the Canadian singer. The Biebs then mocked Orlando by posting an Instagram snap of the Lord Of The Rings actor crying.

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November 2014 Part 1: Justin Unfollows Selena On Instagram

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A month after their official breakup, Selena released a new song and music video "The Heart Wants What It Wants," which she confirmed in her interview with Ryan Seacrest was about Justin. Selena made it clear that she still had feelings for her former beau, telling Ryan, "I’m upset when he Justin is upset. I’m happy when he’s happy. I don’t want anything ever to happen to him bad. It hurts me. That’s all."

But things took an unexpected turn when Selena shared an Instagram photo showing her and her music video co-star. It wouldn’t be a big deal if she didn’t reveal to Ryan that Justin was "a little jealous" of the leading man from her music video. If you’re making your ex jealous on social media, don’t be surprised if you lose a follower (actually, more than one follower in Justin’s case, as this guy comes with a crowd). And that’s exactly what Justin did: he unfollowed Selena on Instagram.

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November 2014 Part 2: The Heart Wants What It Wants

Justin couldn’t keep his lips sealed about Selena’s new emotional song/music video, which his former flame admitted to be about Jelena. Justin shared an Instagram snap with the quote "Sometimes love isn’t a feeling but a choice." The "As Long As You Love Me" singer elaborated in the caption, "It’s easy to love when you feel it, but love when it's hard to love," seemingly responding to what Selena sings in "The Heart Wants What It Wants."

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November 2014 Part 3: More Justin-Inspired Songs

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Just a few weeks after the release of "The Heart Wants What It Wants," which Selena confirmed was about Justin, the "Kill Em With Kindness" singer dropped two more songs that are seemingly inspired by her on-again, off-again ex, "Do It" and "Dilemma 2.0."

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December 2014: Selena Still Cares

Hot on the heels of her emotional performance of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" at the AMAs 2014, Selena admitted during an interview with Norway’s NRJ radio that she still loved and respected Justin.

The Biebs, meanwhile, was pressed to set the record straight about his multiple dates with Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s pal Hailey Baldwin. But the singer shut down the dating rumors, and got candid in his Instagram photo that he was "super single," referring to Baldwin as his "good friend," and calling people "crazy" for spreading the rumors.

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January 2015: Selena Dates DJ Zedd

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Selena left Jelena fans furious by starting to date DJ Zedd. But even as her relationship with the DJ was heating up, the "Come & Get It" singer continued to hang out with Justin and even grabbed dinner with her former beau.

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April 2015: Canoodling With Kendall…Again

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Kendall Jenner was still not out of the picture! Justin posted a temperature-raising snap on Instagram showing him and the supermodel getting cuddly at Coachella 2015 in Indio. There’s clearly a Selena-Justin-Kendall love triangle!

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May 2015: Gorgeous Selena

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Selena was the apple of Justin’s eye at the Met Gala 2015, and he made it crystal clear when leaving the venue. As seen from a video, the "Boyfriend" singer got into a car and, before driving away from a crowd of fans, yelled out the window, "Hey, Selena looked gorgeous at the Met Ball!" There were rumors that Selena spent the whole night avoiding her on-again, off-again boyfriend even though she had not been seen together with her then-boyfriend Zedd in months.

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June 2015: Where Are You Now Selena?

In his yet another attempt to reach out to Selena through his music, Justin put Selena’s name into the music video for "Where Are U Now," produced in collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo. Fans found the not-so-subtle message at one point of the clip, and it reads, "Where are you now Selena?" Told ya, not so subtle.

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September 2015: Love Is A Choice

Justin wasn’t as easy to decipher, as the singer gave a rather cryptic description of his tumultuous relationship with Selena in a cover story interview with Complex in September 2015. "Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling. People have made it seem in movies that it’s this fairy tale. That’s not what love is," Justin said. "You’re not gonna want to love your girl sometimes but you’re gonna choose to love her. That’s something in life that I had to figure out."

But if Justin’s "What Do You Mean?" music video was any indication, the singer hadn't really move on just yet. In the video, released that same month, eagle-eyed fans noticed Selena’s name spray-painted on a wall of graffiti.

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October 2015: Duet Track Leaks Online

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Jelena fans couldn’t believe their ears: a Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber duet track "Strong" leaked online out of the blue, leaving a burning question in the backs of fans’ minds: Are Selena and Justin back together again?

But as it turns out, this was an unreleased song recorded back in 2012, before the lovebirds broke up, and was never meant to be heard by the public (or was it?). In the song, Selena and Justin trade vocals about wanting to work things out in their rocky relationship.

Earlier that month, Selena talked about her ex while promoting new album, Revival, which dropped on October 9, 2015. In her interview with Refinery29, she admitted that dating wasn’t on her radar at the time, and complained that fans make her breakup with Justin seem more "tragic" than it really is. But in another interview with Elle, the former Disney star didn’t rule out getting back together with her on-again, off-again flame.

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November 2015 Part 1: Love And Cheating

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Feelings about Selena and second chances were central themes on Justin’s album Purpose, released in November 2015, as the singer admitted to daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that three of the songs on the album—"Sorry," "Mark My Words," and "What Do You Mean?"—were inspired by his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

During Justin’s tears-inducing interview with Ellen, Jelena fans must’ve run out of tissues, as the "Sorry" hitmaker admitted that Selena is "someone I love dearly." The singer went on to say, "I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her." In his other interview that month, the Biebs hinted at cheating on Selena in the past, and also suggested that he didn’t rule out the possibility of getting back together one day.

As Justin kept pouring out his heart in interviews that month, Selena didn’t waste any time. That month, the "Bad Liar" singer was spotted holding hands and going on a date with Gigi Hadid’s friend Samuel Krost. Uh oh!

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November 2015 Part 2: Hey, Halsey

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Apparently, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber had a shot at reuniting after the Biebs serenaded his former flame with "Sorry" and a cover of "My Girl" at a Los Angeles hotel. After months of gushing about each other in interviews and letting their music do the talking, the former lovebirds finally met up. After showing off his serenading skills, Justin took Selena for a romantic walk down the street. Paparazzi were following the duo like crazy (understandably), and there’s even a video of the two slow-dancing.

A few days later, the former couple reportedly asked the AMAs organizers to sit them together. For some reason, their request was denied, which shattered Jelena fans’ dreams. Reunion was in the cards, fans thought, and a AMAs after-party thrown by Justin was the perfect place to profess his undying love to Selena in front of hundreds of celebs. But Justin ended up leaving the party with Halsey. Wait, WTF just happened?!

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December 2015: Just A Throwback

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The "As Long As You Love Me" got nostalgic on Instagram by posting a throwback picture of him and Selena. In the photo, which was actually taken in August 2014, Jelena are seen looking cozy on a red quadbike. The Biebs prevented a frenzy in the comment section by clarifying in the caption, "Just a throwback calm down." Nuff said!

But a few days later, a frenzy was inescapable when Justin posted a yet another throwback snap of him and Selena from their mad-in-love days. The photo, which Justin captioned "Crazy throwback," shows the lovebirds holding hands at a movie premiere.

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January 2016: Beyond Done!

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Selena disappointed millions of Selenators and Beliebers who hoped the two would get back together by hinting that their reunion wasn’t happening… at least in the foreseeable future. When asked about Justin in her interview with Rolling Stone, the "Good For You" singer snapped back by saying that she is "so beyond done" talking about the Biebs.

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March 2016: Locking Lips

One and a half years after their highly-publicized breakup, Justin melted the hearts of millions of Jelena fans by posting an adorable photo of him and Selena locking lips. The Instagram snap went on to become the most-liked picture on the social media platform at the time. It has not been deleted by Justin even after his intense war of words with Selena in August that year, which indicates that the Biebs’ feelings for Selena are stronger than any feud or fight.

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August 2016: Justin vs Selena Feud

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More drama between the exes and their new romantic partners. After just a couple of weeks of dating Sofia Richie, who was 17 at the time, Justin couldn’t stop gushing about his new girlfriend on social media. Posting six selfies of the two on Instagram in a row clearly infuriated Jelena fans, which landed the "Love Yourself" singer in hot water. Criticism and hateful messages came rolling in, as Jelena fans kept attacking Justin’s new GF. But the Canadian singer wouldn’t tolerate that behavior, so he told his fans and haters alike to back off. You mess with the bull, you get the horns! Justin’s response triggered an even bigger backlash from commenters, but one comment in particular stood out from the crowd: a comment from Selena Gomez herself!

Selena set Instagram alight and started an epic war of words with Justin by writing, "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans." Yikes! Well, Selena clearly threw a shade at her boyfriend, and he didn’t let it go unnoticed. The Biebs responded by accusing his ex of using him for "attention." Things escalated quickly, so Selena jabbed back, "Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad." If you think their Instagram feud couldn’t get any worse, think again.

"I cheated... Oh I forgot about You and Zayn Malik?" Justin had the last say in the war of words. What happened afterwards was beyond what you can imagine: Justin deleted his Instagram page entirely, and Selena Gomez had a meltdown that led to rehab. Phew! That was intense. See how much damage those Instagram feuds can do!

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January 2017: Justin vs The Weeknd

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When the rumor mill started churning non-stop that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd were dating, Bieber remained unusually tight-lipped about it… Until he was asked about Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd's real name) head-on. When asked if he listens to the "Earned It" singer’s music, the Biebs clearly didn’t mince his words, replying, "Hell no I can’t listen to a Weeknd song. That s*** is wack." Ouch! That must’ve hurt!

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October 2017: The Weeknd, Move Over!

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Selena and Justin were caught meeting up a few times, so Jelena fans interpreted it as the "Boyfriend" singer’s attempts to rekindle his romance with Selena (even though she was still dating The Weeknd at the time). But that relationship was clearly on the rocks already, as rumors indicated that Selena and The Weeknd, who went public with their relationship that summer, were sleeping apart. Clearly, there was no way to stop Justin from taking The Weeknd’s place and being there for Selena at a time when she needed it the most (the "Wolves" singer had recently undergone a kidney transplantation).

It was no coincidence that Selena and The Weeknd announced their breakup days after reports surfaced that Jelena were "hanging out again."

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November 2017 Part 1: They See Them Rollin’…

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Hot on the heels of her split from The Weeknd, Selena went on a bike ride with her ex, Justin, fueling Jelena reunion rumors. During their fun bicycle ride, the duo were seen smiling, snuggling and emanating love vibrations!

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November 2017 Part 2: Back Together!

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Yep, November was quite eventful in the world of Jelena. And Justin’s jersey was (again) seen on Selena at his hockey game. After the game, reports indicated that the lovebirds headed back to Selena’s place. All signs pointed to the Biebs and Selena finally being back together in full force after six years of their on-and-off again relationship.

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November 2017 Part 3: Church Day

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Evidence that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were officially together again kept mounting in November: the duo were caught going to church twice in one day. If this wasn’t obvious confirmation that Jelena rekindled an old flame, we're not sure what is!

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November 2017 Part 4: Popsicle Date

Selena Gomez holding her dog at Justin Bieber's hockey game
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Justin and Selena, clearly a couple again, were seen visiting the spots where they fell in love years ago. A die-hard Jelena fan spotted the lovebirds recreating their cuddly Popsicle date from 2012 in Balboa Park. There’s even a photo of the two floating around on the Internet (though the fan who captured Jelena has since made Twitter account private due to thousands flooding her page).

But a romantic walk wasn’t the only confirmation of the rumors that Selena and her Canadian beau were dating again. The "It Ain’t Me" singer was also seen wearing Justin’s sweaty hockey jersey (and people don’t just wear each other’s sweat-soaked clothes for no reason!). Selena even brought along her adorable dog!

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November 2017 Part 5: First Post-Reunion Kiss

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez kiss at Bieber's hockey game
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The moment absolutely all Jelena fans were waiting for: their very first (public) kiss since the long-anticipated reunion. That night, the former Disney star came to cheer Justin on at his hockey game. And what better way to congratulate the winner of the game than with a passionate kiss on the lips?

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December 2017: New Year’s

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When Selena arrived in Cabo, Mexico with her girls-only squad a few days before New Year’s Eve, Jelena fans were a little worried. "How would Justin be Selena’s New Year’s kiss if he was miles away?" was the question on every Selenator’s lips. But Jelena weren’t about to let the year end without some sparkle, so Justin joined his on-again girlfriend in Cabo just in time to spend NYE together. How sweet!

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January 2018: Gym Buddies

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber sweaty leaving gym
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After spending New Year’s Eve together, Justin and Selena kept at least one of their New Years resolutions in early January: to look good (don’t they always?). Jelena were photographed leaving hot yoga together in West Hollywood. You know what they say...your significant other makes a perfect gym buddy!

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February 2018 Part 1: Justin’s Hockey Game

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber leaving hockey game in a car
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A few days prior to Valentine’s Day, Selena joined Justin at his ice hockey game at the Los Angeles Valley Ice Center in Ventura. After the game, the couple left together in the same car (and that’s always a good sign of a healthy relationship, if Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s relationship timeline is any indication).

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February 2018 Part 2: PDA Dinner

Selena Gomez stroking boyfriend Justin Bieber's face at a secret date
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Jelena sent their fans into a frenzy when the lovebirds were spotted making out after a Rex Orange County show in Los Angeles. There is even a video of Selena and Gomez kissing, and it’s super adorable.

All eyes were on Selena and Justin on Valentine’s Day (obviously), and the ever-passionate couple gave Jelena fans exactly what they were craving: a romantic dinner date full of PDA. As seen from the photos, Selena couldn't stop stroking Justin's face during their date.

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February 2018 Part 3: Jamaica Wedding

Justin Bieber eating banana with Selena Gomez at a wedding
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Selena and Justin jetted off to Jamaica to attend a wedding—his dad, Jeremy Bieber married girlfriend Chelsey Rebelo. Justin even flew to Texas to pick up his girlfriend so they could fly to the Caribbean together.

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March 2018 Part 1: Birthday Snap

On March 1 (which happens to be Justin’s 24th birthday), Selena posted an Instagram photo of herself with a polaroid of Justin stuck to her forehead. The "Same Old Love" singer captioned the snap, "March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom."

Rumors that there was trouble in paradise erupted nearly a week after Selena’s sweet "happy birthday" Instagram photo. Multiple sources told E! News that Selena and Justin were giving each other some space after "having a lot of little disagreements recently and one fight in particular blew up" that caused their split.

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March 2018 Part 2: Hittin’ The Pause Button

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez spotted together at a hotel reigniting dating rumors
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An insider confirmed to Us Weekly that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber decided to put their rekindled relationship on pause, "mainly because of Selena’s mom and her disapproval of Justin." Earlier that month, the duo were spotted at their Los Angeles church amid the breakup rumors, though they arrived and left separately. A report by OK! Magazine also suggests that Selena and Justin split over "trust issues." Later that month, Justin was seen packing on the PDA with a mystery blonde at Craig David’s concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood.

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April 2018: Drifting Apart…Again

Justin Bieber and Baskin Champion spotted at a SoulCycle class
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Media outlets had conflicting reports about the current status of Jelena. Some, including Us Weekly, say Selena and Justin are on a break (note: don’t confuse with a breakup!), while Entertainment Tonight claims the couple is "still very close." Earlier that month, the duo were spotted at a Beverly Hills church together, but left separately. In mid-April, Justin refueled Jelena fans’ heartache when we was spotted with Baskin Champion at a SoulCycle class.

In the beginning of April, Selena’s most recent ex, The Weeknd, released a six track breakup album, in which secret messages were embedded all over the place. The album, titled My Dear Melancholy, seemingly summarized his 10-month relationship with Selena, which came to a halt in October 2017. In one of the singles, "Call Out My Name," The Weeknd sings—without calling out Selena’s name specifically— "Guess I was just another pit stop / Til’ you made up your mind / You just wasted my time."

Adding fuel to the Justin-Selena-Weeknd love triangle, Selena was seen with Justin just days after her breakup from the "Starboy" hitmaker. During Coachella 2018, The Weeknd went all in and made both his ex Selena and his ex’s ex jealous by getting cozy with his ex’s ex’s ex. Confused? We bet you are! In other words, The Weekend was spotted with Justin Bieber’s ex, Chantel Jeffries, at the Indio, Calif. festival.

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July 2018: Justin Finally Proposes…to Hailey Baldwin.

The on-again, off-again relationship between Justin and Selena was like a never-ending roller coaster. But it finally drove off the track on July 9th when Justin confirmed his engagement to Hailey Baldwin via Instagram. Beliebers and Selenators mourned the official end to what had been the most talked about relationship in the music industry, spanning almost nine years! Team “Jelena” supporters were still hoping for the popstar duo to rekindle their romance as they often had, but Biebs  made it clear that Baldwin was the “love of his life”.

While the engagement news may have hit fans like a ton of bricks, reports maintained that Selena was unfazed by it all.  After all, since Selena and Justin met back in 2009, their entire relationship was heavily scrutinized. That unwanted attention led to their fallout on more than a few occasions. However, from love songs that kept Jelena lovers rejoicing in what was “true love” to the moment where Kendal Jenner became part of the love triangle, Beibs and the once Disney star shared a love story for the ages—even if the ending may not have been what fans were expecting. Of course, with those two, “ending” may be too strong a word.

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