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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Relationship Timeline

By Orgesta Tolaj


25 March 2024

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Relationship

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A true blast from the past! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s relationship has been a whirlwind of ups and downs that has captivated the attention of fans and the media for years. From their early days as teenage sweethearts to their on-again, off-again status as adults, their love story has been anything but ordinary. And although both have currently moved on, seems like we still can’t! Are you also one of us? Well, let’s dive into their full relationship timeline together!

The Entire Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Relationship Timeline

This is the full breakdown of one of the most influential couples of all time:

The Introduction (2009)

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were introduced by their managers in 2009, following Bieber’s admission during a radio interview that Gomez was his celebrity crush. Gomez later revealed on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2011 that Bieber’s manager contacted her mom, who also served as her manager, initiating their connection.

“One Less Lonely Girl” (December 31st, 2009)

On New Year’s Eve, Justin Bieber serenaded Selena Gomez on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Las Vegas. He performed his song “One Less Lonely Girl” while affectionately interacting with Gomez, occasionally stroking her arm and sitting beside her as she sang along.

“Good Friends” (February 2010)

Selena Gomez described Justin Bieber as one of her “good friends” in an interview with MTV News. She expressed her fondness for him, calling him “such a good kid” and mentioning that she feels like a big sister towards him, wanting to protect him. Gomez praised Bieber’s talent and sweetness, stating that their friendship began due to their admiration for each other’s qualities, leading them to want to work together.

The First Date (December 8th, 2010)

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez sparked romance rumors after being spotted leaving an IHOP in Philadelphia together, photographed arm-in-arm. This occurred just before their separate performances at the Q102 Jingle Ball. During a Q&A session, Bieber confirmed Gomez as his favorite “Disney girl.” However, Gomez later dismissed the speculation, attributing their outing to a shared love of pancakes, stating, “It was pancakes. Who doesn’t like pancakes?”

The Caribbean Kiss (December 31st, 2010)

One year after their public serenade, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez celebrated their second New Year’s Eve together. This time, they were spotted getting more romantic, photographed sharing a kiss on a yacht in the Caribbean.

The First Red Carpet Together (February 28th, 2011)

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, dressed in coordinated red and black outfits. Despite appearing together publicly, they refrained from verbally confirming their relationship status, maintaining a level of ambiguity regarding their romance.

Selena Confirms the Relationship (May 2nd, 2011)

Selena Gomez expressed her comfort with openly discussing her relationship with Justin Bieber in an interview with Seventeen magazine. She mentioned her dislike for hiding things and acknowledged her young age, stating that she is open to falling in love, hanging out with people, and exploring herself.

First Public Kiss at the Billboard Music Awards (May 22nd, 2011)

After publicly acknowledging their relationship, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez displayed increasing affection towards each other at notable events like the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. They shared a kiss before Bieber accepted one of his six awards at the ceremony.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Relationship
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“Romance [isn’t] dead!” (September 23rd, 2011)

Justin Bieber arranged an extravagant date night for Selena Gomez at the Staples Center, now called the Arena. The event included a candlelit dinner on the basketball court and a private screening of Titanic. Bieber emphasized the importance of romance, urging others to treat their partners well with a tweet that read, “Romance [isn’t] dead. Treat your lady right fellas. #REAL.”

American Music Awards (November 20th, 2011)

At the 2011 American Music Awards, Justin Bieber performed while Selena Gomez presented, both exuding Old Hollywood glamour. The couple showcased affection on the red carpet, with Bieber charmingly assisting Gomez by carrying her train.

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The First Breakup (November 2012)

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez ended their nearly two-year relationship in early November 2012, after months of denying breakup rumors. According to a source, Gomez initiated the split due to trust issues arising from their frequent separation. Despite being seen out to dinner together shortly after the breakup, their reconciliation did not materialize.

The Pair Reunites (April 2013)

In April 2013, Justin Bieber sparked speculation of a reconciliation with Selena Gomez by posting throwback photos of them together. One photo showed Gomez hugging a shirtless Bieber with a caption implying affection. Around the same time, Gomez reportedly flew to Oslo, Norway, to attend one of Bieber’s performances. An insider disclosed that they were seen displaying affectionate gestures such as holding hands, hugging, and kissing on the lips.

Justin Bieber Discusses the Breakup (December 2013)

During an interview with radio host Big Boy, Justin Bieber confirmed that he and Selena Gomez were taking a break at that time. He expressed enduring love for Gomez and admitted that their breakup had been deeply painful for both of them. Bieber revealed that his song “All That Matters” was written during the process of dealing with the breakup, highlighting the difficulty of navigating such personal struggles in the public eye. Nonetheless, he praised Gomez as a great woman and affirmed his continued affection for her.

Reconciliation? (August 27th, 2014)

Justin Bieber appeared to confirm his romance with Selena Gomez on Instagram by posting a black-and-white selfie of the two together, sparking further speculation about their reconciliation.

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The Second Split (November 6th, 2014)

During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Selena Gomez acknowledged her breakup with Justin Bieber while discussing her single, “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” confirming that it was about him. She mentioned that Bieber found the song beautiful but also acknowledged that it was difficult for him. When asked about their current relationship status, Gomez expressed her ongoing support for Bieber, stating that she would always support him and care for his well-being, regardless of their romantic status.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber Spark Rumors (December 2014)

Rumors of a romantic involvement between Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin surfaced after Bieber posted several Instagram photos of their New Year’s getaway together. However, Bieber promptly denied the speculation, emphasizing their friendship in an Instagram post and stating that he was “super single.”

Selena Gomez and Zedd (2015)

Selena Gomez collaborated with Russian-German DJ Zedd on their hit song “I Want You to Know,” leading to a brief and enjoyable romantic fling. Gomez mentioned during a July 2015 interview on New Zealand’s radio show The Edge Afternoons that she held a strong affection for Zedd, describing their relationship as “nice.”

Justin Bieber Sings for Selena (November 20th, 2015)

After Selena Gomez’s breakup with Zedd, Justin Bieber was seen serenading her at a Beverly Hills hotel bar with romantic ballads, including The Temptations’ “My Girl” and his own hit, “Sorry,” which is speculated to be about Gomez.

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Justin Kisses Hailey (December 31st, 2015)

After years of dispelling romance rumors, Justin Bieber was photographed kissing Hailey Baldwin during a New Year’s vacation in St. Barts. Bieber himself shared a picture of the intimate moment. In his GQ March 2016 cover story, Bieber referred to Baldwin as “someone I really love,” hinting at the seriousness of their relationship.

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The Messup (March 23rd, 2016)

One week after Justin Bieber posted another romantic throwback photo of him and Selena Gomez on Instagram, Gomez was spotted attending one of his concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Justin Bieber Starts Dating Sofia Richie and Is Accused of Cheating (August 2016)

Later that summer, Justin Bieber was frequently seen with Sofia Richie, marking a brief six-week relationship that faced substantial criticism from fans online. Bieber defended Richie against cyberbullying from fans hoping for a reconciliation with Selena Gomez. He threatened to make his Instagram private if the hate continued. This prompted Gomez to comment on his post, advising him to keep his relationship private. This led to a rare social media exchange between the exes, with Gomez suggesting that Bieber “cheated multiple times,” sparking a heated online argument between them.

January 2017 – Selena Starts Dating The Weeknd

In early 2017, Selena Gomez was seen kissing R&B musician The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) at a restaurant in Los Angeles. This marked the beginning of a whirlwind romance that lasted 10 months, during which they traveled to multiple continents together.

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Are Seen Together (October 2017)

Before Selena Gomez and The Weeknd’s breakup was confirmed, Gomez was spotted attending church and having breakfast with Justin Bieber. Following the official confirmation of Gomez’s split from The Weeknd, rumors of a reconciliation with Bieber intensified. They were seen riding bikes together, and Gomez was observed wearing Bieber’s hockey jersey while supporting him at a game.

A source revealed to PEOPLE at the time that the pair were enjoying quiet date nights at home and outings to low-key spots. This indicated a more mature approach to their relationship. They had learned from past mistakes and were not putting pressure on each other, fostering a different and more mature dynamic in their relationship.

Boom! (March 1st, 2018)

In early March 2018, Selena Gomez publicly acknowledged her rekindled relationship with Justin Bieber by sharing a photo on Instagram. The image showed Gomez laughing while holding up a polaroid of Bieber, celebrating his 24th birthday. In the caption, she wrote, “March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom.”

The Final Breakup (March 7th, 2018)

Later that month, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were seen attending the same church service but sitting separately. A source close to Bieber revealed to PEOPLE that they weren’t getting along and had decided to take a break. The source suggested that it didn’t seem like a significant issue and anticipated that they would likely reconcile soon.

Justin Reunites With Hailey (June 10th, 2018)

One month after Hailey Baldwin confirmed that she and Justin Bieber had “moved past” a period of not speaking and resolved previous “weirdness” between them, they were seen together at church and later at a nightclub in Miami. Their relationship, though unconfirmed at the time, began to progress steadily. The couple were frequently holding hands and kissing on multiple dates around New York City. By the following month, Bieber proposed to Baldwin during a trip to the Bahamas. The couple then got married at a New York City courthouse in September of that year. They later celebrated their union with a religious ceremony in South Carolina in 2019.

Selena Releases “Lose You to Love Me” (October 23rd, 2019)

Selena Gomez released “Lose You to Love Me” following a hiatus from music. This coincided with Justin Bieber’s marriage to Hailey Baldwin. Fans interpreted the song’s emotional lyrics as alluding to Gomez and Bieber’s turbulent relationship, with references to Bieber’s album “Purpose” and the swift nature of his subsequent relationship with Baldwin. Notably, the lyrics “In two months you replaced us like it was easy” seemed to address the rapidity of Bieber’s move on.

Phew, that was a rollercoaster ride! Well, what do you think of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s relationship?

You might also want to read: Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber’s Relationship Timeline

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