Justin and Selena’s Relationship Timeline – From Breakups to Makeups

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Jelena’s on-and-off again love story has gone from sweet to sour and then sweet again within the space of 7 years. One minute it’s all love, the next it’s complete loath and then the popular celebrity couple are loved up again. Just when you think the duo have rekindled their romance, they’re hit by another round of breakup rumors.

Justin’s hook-ups may be over now he’s married Hailey Baldwin, and Selena may be happier single, but there’s no denying these two have a deep history together. It’s tiring trying to keep up, but we’re about to give it a go.

Want a timeline of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’ relationship? Here’s a recap of all that’s happened since the birth of Jelena…

Jelena is Born

December 2010

In late 2010, the celebrity world would change forever. It’s the birth of Jelena and things would never be the same. Justin and Selena are spotted holding hands in Philadelphia…

The First Break-Up

November 2011

Justin is caught up in a paternity suit by a girl named Mariah Yeater. Only one month into the relationship and Jelena are rumored to have broken up.

Date Night Sparks Rumors

June 2012

Justin and Selena are still rumored to have broken up until they arrive together at premiere of Katy Perry: Part of Me looking very loved up. REJOICE JELENA FANS!

Beliebers Speculate

October 2012

Over again? Breakup rumors between Justin and Selena surface again when the Justice singer posts and deletes a photo with the caption “Lingse,”. Beliebers assume this is an anagram of the word “single”.

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Time For a Change?

November 2012

It’s official. Jelena split up due to busy schedules. Biebs isn’t “busy” enough to stay away from hot models like Barbara Palvin or Miranda Kerr, though. Look away, Sel!

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Vacation Gone Wrong

December 2012

Justin and Selena spark reconciliation rumors when they are caught kissing at the airport in Salt Lake City and later go on vacation together in Mexico. It all comes crashing down again when controversial Justin is caught up in a marijuana scandal and Selena flies back ALONE from Mexico.

Selena Gets Cryptic

January 2013

Selena tweets this, suggesting that her and Justin are completely done this time (yeah right) …

Love is in the air…AGAIN!

April 2013

Justin shares a photo on Instagram of the two of them with the caption, “You’ve been makin music for too long babe come cuddle – her.” The photo was quickly deleted. We.Can’t.Keep.Up!

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Selena’s Single…Then She’s Not

July 2013

Jelena party together on Fourth of July, making fans very happy, but days later, Selena confuses all when she tells the Associated Press that she’s “single”. #MindF**k

He Loves the Way she Looks At Him

January 2014

It’s a new year but Jelena are giving us the same old mixed messages when Justin shares a photo of Selena hugging him along with the caption, “Love the way you look at me.”

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Jelena Dirty Dance

March 2014

The duo is going strong two months later when videos of them dirty dancing together appear online. You can’t deny Jelena’s chemistry!

Justin later posts photos of Selena from the Vanity Fair Oscar party and calls her “the most elegant princess in the world.”

Kylie Jenner and Orlando Bloom Get Involved

April 2014

There’s trouble in paradise! Selena and Justin apparently have a fight at Coachella after photos of Kylie Jenner are found on his phone. Rumors of an apparent hook-up between the Rare Beauty star and Orlando Bloom swirl when a photo of them together circulates online.

One Girl Too Many, Bieber!

May 2014

Following the Orlando rumors, Bieber tries to get revenge on Selena by apparently hooking up with Kylie Jenner, Adriana Lima, and Yovanna Ventura…

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Jelena’s Love is Unconditional

June 2014

One month later, Justin realizes Selena is all he needs when the two are spotted in yet another photo together. Justin posts and deletes a black and white photo with the caption, “Our love is Unconditional”. It’s certain they’re back together again when they’re photographed together on numerous occasions.

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Justin and Orlando Fight Over Selena?

July 2014

A video circulates online showing Orlando Bloom punching Justin in Ibiza. Following the incident, Justin posts and deletes a hot photo of Miranda Kerr, Orlando’s wife on Instagram. Is Jelena over AGAIN?!

Jelena Selfies Cause a Stir

August 2014

Fear not! Bieber teases fans again by posting a selfie with Selena. Boy, oh, boy!

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Kendall Jenner Blamed for the Next Breakup

October 2014

Jelena are spotted fighting at an airport in France. Selena tweets about feeling lonely. Was this breakup because of Kendall Jenner? Biebs and Kendall took a few close selfies at the time and were spotted out at dinner.

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Selena’s Heart Wants What It Wants

November 2014

Selena reveals that her latest single, The Heart Wants What It Wants is based on Bieber. She tells Ryan Seacrest that she will “support” Justin: “I think I always will. I’m upset when he’s upset. I’m happy when he’s happy. I don’t want anything bad to ever happen to him. It hurts me. That’s all.”

Justin sees the video and apparently it is “really hard for him”. He also posts this on Instagram.

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Selena performs the emotional single at the American Music Awards and cries on stage.

Jelena’s Dinner Date

January 2015

Almost three and a half years later and Jelena are still the talk of the town! It’s rumored that Selena is dating Zedd and Justin responds by fake crying in an Instagram video…

The duo confuse all again when they’re spotted dining together at Mastros in L.A.

Same Old Love

May 2015

Fans think Selena’s single, Same Old Love is about Justin after she tells the Sunday Times – “it’s difficult for people to separate us. The internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it.”

Where R U Now, Selena?

June 2015

Justin confirms that his new single, Where R U Now is certainly about Selena when he includes a hidden message for her in the video clip. At one point, you can see the words, “Where R Now, Selena” written in the background.

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Jelena Gets Interviewed

September 2015

Jelena shippers are let down when Selena reveals that she’s finally over Justin. She tells Elle magazine: “I’ll forever support him and love him… We grew up together. I think people want it to be different … We’re too young for that. Nobody was married… I respect him. And I think he respects me, in a healthy manner.”

They just can’t stop talking about each other! In the meantime, Justin tells Complex magazine – “I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age. But we were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you.”

When Justin’s video for What Do You Mean is released, eagle-eyed fans spot Selena’s name in the background, leading many to assume that the song was based on her…

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Selena’s Nice Words for Justin

October 2015

Selena reveals the two are on good terms and admits that they both made mistakes in an interview with Refinery29 – “Of course I got my heart broken. Of course I was pissed about it.”

She says that “there is no anger” at this point. “There’s closure in a very good, healthy way. We’ve seen each other. I’m always encouraging and I am proud of his journey. I think people are making it out to be something that is more tragic than it really was. We grew up together. We both made mistakes. That’s it.”

Justin Serenades Selena

November 2015

Justin finally admits that his singles, What Do You Mean, Sorry, and Mark My Words on his newest album, Purpose are about Selena. He also tells Access Hollywood that his “first real love” was Selena and that “it was really tough. I don’t know if I’m over it yet. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her.”

He continues talking about her to Billboard: “I’m proud of the woman she is today. When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies.” When asked if he’d heard Revival, Justin offered this: “I know I had a lot of play in that one. I don’t know what she’s saying about me.”

Things heat up again and Jelena are rumored to be back on when Justin is spotted serenading Selena with My Girl at a hotel bar in Beverly Hills.

Jelena Are Distant

February 2016

A few months pass after Justin was spotted serenading to Selena and there’s been no news of Jelena since. In February, Justin tells GQ that Selena was the only one “bad” breakup in his life – “We don’t talk often, but we’re cordial. If she needs something, I’m there for her. If I need something, she’s there for me.”

Later on, Selena tells W magazine that she’s “so exhausted … I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”

Jelena are at WAR!

August 2016

Justin dates Nicole Richie’s younger sister, Sofia which disappoints many Beliebers. After they spam his Instagram photos with snake emojis, Bieber lashes out and warns he’ll make his account private if it continues. Selena throws her two cents in by commenting on the photo “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. They love you and supported you before any one ever did.”

Her comment triggered an Instagram war:

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It is also rumored that Justin accused Selena of cheating on him with Zayn Malik although this wasn’t confirmed.

Selena apologizes on Snapchat, writing “What I said was selfish and pointless.” Justin deletes his Instagram entirely.

Selena Moves on…

January 2017

Selena is well and truly over Bieber! Or so it seems. In early 2017, Sel reveals she’s dating The Weeknd and boy do they look loved up! According to TMZ, Justin thinks Selena’s using the Starboy singer for “promotion”.  Don’t get too jealous, Biebs!

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Can we Still be Friends?

August 2017

Justin releases his brand new single, Friends, leading many to believe the track is based on Selena. She may be dating The Weeknd, but that hasn’t stopped Biebs from singing lyrics like, “No, we didn’t end this so good…but you know we had something so good…I’m wondering, can we still be friends?” Say what you will, Justin’s new bop is almost certainly, definitely, 100% about our girl, Sel.

Hacking Alert

August 2017

Justin’s relationship with Selena will haunt him for life. Naked photos of Justin appear on Selena Gomez’s Instagram account after she gets hacked on August 28th. The embarrassing snap which was from his 2015 vacation with Jayde Pierce was captioned ““LOOK AT THIS N**** LIL SHRIMPY”. Oh dear. Poor Biebs. We can imagine Selena is red-faced right now.

Biebs and Sel Together Again

October 2017

Selena breaks up with The Weeknd in October 2017, and she’s spotted hanging out with Biebs for breakfast at a vegetarian restaurant. The singer’s car is later photographed at his ex’s Los Angeles home the following morning. Is there a romantic reunion on the cards?

Another Round of Break-Ups

March 2018

Yep, you read that right. And no, this isn’t groundhog day. Jelena are over once more, guys. Showbiz’ power couple split in March 2018 after a short-lived reconciliation. Rumors swirled that Selena’s mother was blamed for the breakup, reason being that she disapproved of the Changes star. It was said that Sel wanted to ‘take time to herself’ and ‘repair her relationship with her mother’. Eek!

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Justin Loves Selena but Isn’t In Love With Her

March 2019

After a fan accuses Justin of marrying Hailey Baldwin just to spite Selena, he responds with this Instagram post. In his detailed response, Bieb states that he does indeed still “love” Sel and she’ll “always hold a place” in his heart but he is “head over heels in love” with his wife, Hailey.

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Selena Sings about Biebs

January 2020

It was long over-due since we’d heard Justin and Selena’s name in the same sentence together. But in early 2020 after the release of her newest album, Rare, rumors swirled that most of Selena’s lyrics were clearly about her famous ex. In the title track Rare, Sel sings, “Saw us getting older / Burning toast in the toaster / My ambitions were too high / Waiting up for you upstairs / Why you act like I’m not there?”. While in People You Know, the lyrics include, “We used to be close, but people can go / From people you know to people you don’t.”

If these tracks aren’t about Bieber, then seriously, slap us in the face.

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That was one heck of an emotional roller-coaster! This may just be the most complicated celebrity relationship, yet! Do you think Jelena belong together or are they better off without each other? 

This article was originally published on Jan 18, 2017.



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Angela Stephanou

Angela Stephanou

Owner and chief editor of Tell Tales. Angela has a BA in Communications and oversees the content and strategy across Tell Tales, building an audience of pop culture junkies like herself. Her social media follows have more celebrities than real-life friends, music runs through her veins and she’d much rather be glued to her TV screen, piled under an array of snacks than go out on a Friday night. Angela’s guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but she’s also a sucker for all things Marvel and DC - two entirely different worlds, we know.

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