Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s Relationship History

Will Justin and Ariana ever date? Never say never...
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Just about anyone dreams of a Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande love story. They’re both pop legends, they’re the same age, and they’re both undeniably good-looking.

Justin may be married to Hailey Baldwin and Ariana may be busy dating other guys, but that doesn’t mean they’re not meant to be together. They would make the perfect celebrity couple — the type we can only dream of. I mean, can you imagine their babies?

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These famous stars have been friends for years, yet fate just won’t bring our faves together. But who’s to say they didn’t date in secret? If you look back at Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s relationship, it’s obvious that sparks did fly at one point.

So, want to know whether Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande ever dated? Here’s a breakdown of their relationship so far and you be the judge, my friend.

A Look Back at Justin and Ariana’s Relationship

They Take Their First Photo Together

Back when Ari was known as Cat Valentine from Nickelodeon’s Victorious, and Justin was at the peak of his Baby era, the pair got close to take this treasured photo. Taken at Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Youth Event, this snap forever lives in our heads rent-free.

Ariana Joins Justin on His ‘Believe’ Tour

Whether it’s with a fan or a random hottie from the club, artists hook up a lot when they’re touring. So when Justin and Ariana were touring together in 2013, fans were praying for a romance. But it didn’t happen. Ari joined Biebs for a few of his Believe tour shows, but sadly, sparks didn’t fly.

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justinbieber/arianagrande | Instagram

Bieber and Grande Kiss (Kinda)

A selfie of Justin and Ariana kissing broke the internet in 2013, causing major dating speculation. But just when we thought they had found love, Ariana broke our hearts by clearing the air, saying the kiss meant nothing.

She did get “shy” over it, though. “I just was smiling and he kissed me on the cheek!” she said.

Sounds to me like Bieber had a crush on Ariana…

The Justice singer suggested to take the selfie after he met Ari’s grandparents at a meet-and-greet. But the Dangerous Woman was hesitant in sharing the snap, because she didn’t “want the drama that comes with it.”

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arianagrande | Twitter

Ariana Supports Him During Hard Times

In 2014, when Justin was caught up in controversy, and landed himself in jail, his longtime friend, Ari was there to offer support.

Ariana told Mix 104: “It’s gotten to a point where I just want him to be okay. It’s this very serious thing. It’s not just like a kid who’s, you know screwing around, it’s dangerous. It’s very serious and upsetting.”

“He is the most visible, yet most isolated human being I’ve ever met,” she continued. “I just want him to be okay, that’s all. I just think it’s a serious thing. And I don’t think it’s something to make fun of anymore. I don’t think it’s funny anymore.”

At least we know Ariana truly cares for Biebs. You know what they say, friends can become lovers…

Justin and Ariana Head to the Studio

Arianators and Beliebers lost their minds when their faves were spotted in the studio.

Justin teased an anticipated collaboration on Instagram, writing, “congrats @arianagrande on your number 1 song. #arianabieberduet ??”

But once again, the love never flourished — and neither did the song (??). Ariana told Associate Press that they’d “finish it and put it out one day, but it just wasn’t the right time.”

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Justin Joins Ariana on Her ‘Honeymoon’ Tour

An Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber romance was on the cards in 2015 when the duo got up, close and personal during her Honeymoon tour.

The Purpose singer joined Ari to perform a medley of their hits including As Long As You Love Me and Love Me Harder, and it was obvious he couldn’t keep his hands off the pint-sized powerhouse.

Wrapping his arms around her waist — it sure looked like Ari and Biebs had some chemistry that night!

For a while, there was hope of a possible affair, but Ariana was dating Big Sean at the time, and Bieber was on-and-off with Selena. Still, the world was over the moon to finally see them performing together.

Ariana and Justin Cozy Up Backstage

Everyone (including me) had their fingers and toes crossed in hopes that Ariana would become Justin’s girlfriend.

As if their performance together wasn’t amazing enough, behind-the-scenes shots and selfies of the pair being cute together was the perfect gift for all Jarianators.

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scooterbraun | Instagram

They’re Spotted Goofing Around Together

Bieber and Ariana shared each other’s Company once more to help promote Carly Rae Jepsen’s single, I Really Like You, in a fun video.

The duo were joined by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Lee Chae-rin, Lance Bass, Bieber’s dad and Ariana’s brother.

When the families get along, you know it’s going to be a great wedding. One can only dream…

Ariana Promotes ‘What Do You Mean?’

Ariana promoted Justin’s single, What Do You Mean, proving once again that the couple were perfect for each other.

This had nothing to do with the fact that Ariana and Justin shared the same manager at the time, nothing at all (we kid).

Ariana Collaborates With Justin on His Single

Come 2015, and it was about time Ariana and Bieber blessed our ears with a gorgeous duet. Their remix of What Do You Mean made Jarianators wish even harder for a possible fling. 

If music can’t bring them together, what will?

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Bieber Gets Flirty

January 2016

If there was one point in time that had us dreaming of a romance between the two, it was this.

When the Changes singer left a flirty comment on Ariana’s selfie video, time literally stood still, and fans were convinced the stars were secretly dating.

Fans managed to screen-grab Bieber’s comment which read, “Damn Ariana, u look so good.”

One thing’s for sure — Justin had his sights set on Ari in 2016!

justin bieber flirts with ariana grande on instagram

Ariana Fires Scooter Braun

Sharing the same manager (Scooter Braun) brought the couple closer throughout the years. But all hope was lost when Ariana temporarily fired Scooter in February 2016.

This meant that Justin and Ariana would be working a lot less together, and you know what they say, “out of sight, out of mind” and all that…*pulls sad face*

Bieber and Grande Appear to Be Feuding

During Ariana’s temporary break from Scooter Braun, Justin seemingly threw shade at her by sharing the stage with her ex, Big Sean.

According to a source, “Justin had the most amazing time performing with Big Sean and will without a doubt invite him back on stage during his Purpose tour. Justin will continue to surprise fans at his concerts with specials guests. However, Ariana Grande won’t be one of them.” Ouch!

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justinbieber | Instagram

Ariana and Justin Don’t Speak “in Months”

Well this was a celebrity feud we didn’t see coming! Amidst the Scooter Braun drama, Ariana reportedly unfollowed Bieber on Twitter and Instagram. *gasp*

But all faith was restored when the Positions singer put the beef rumors to rest. She told Kiss FM, “I think it was like a glitch or something, because I didn’t [unfollow him]…I mean, maybe he blocked me or something?” she joked.

“No… There’s nothing to report. We haven’t spoken in months. He’s a great guy. He’s a great artist. We have a nice friendship. There’s nothing going on.”

The Friendship is Back On

It’s not too late to say sorry, after all. There was hope for Ariana and Justin’s relationship again in mid–2016 when Biebs complimented Ari’s music on Instagram.

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“Bumping that new Ariana!! This song is dope as f***,” Justin captioned an image promoting her single Be Alright. We love these shout-outs!

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justinbieber | Instagram

Justin Supports Ari After the Manchester Bombing

Following the tragic and heartbreaking bombing of Ariana’s 2017 concert in Manchester, the Sweetener star performed her One Love benefit concert to honor the lives lost.

Ari only invited her closest to join her and guess who was among the exciting line-up? Bieber, of course.

Many waited for the two to come out on stage to perform a duet, but sadly, it never happened. At least we know that (maybe) Justin is on Ari’s speed-dial list. Whenever she needs him, he’ll come running — even if it’s for a concert across the globe.

Bieber Promotes ‘Thank U, Next’

Bieber gave Ariana’s hit, Thank U Next his seal of approval! Upon the release of her new track in November 2018, Justin tweeted Ari this kind message, dubbing the song “a bop” and his “favorite song.”

Justin and Ariana Reunite at Coachella

One year later and the duo still maintain a strong friendship. Justin and Ariana made fans go wild once more when she invited Biebs to join her onstage during her 2019 Coachella set.

Singing Sorry, Ari assisted Justin with her gorgeous vocals, driving the crowd wild.

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justinbieber | Instagram

Following the sweet performance, Justin thanked his bestie for inviting him to perform, while Ari replied with a very tender and emotional message, saying he is “loved.”

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The Duo Release ‘Stuck With U’

Right when we were feeling down about the pandemic, Justin and Ariana picked us right up with a surprise collaboration.

The duo made Arianators’ and Beliebers’ dreams come true by releasing Stuck With U during lockdown. The track was for good cause, too, as it raised money and awareness for frontline workers fighting COVID-19 in hospitals.

Until the stars align, and Justin and Ariana date each other, we’ve got these moments to cherish for life. We’re sure there will be more times like these to make Jarianators happy.

All jokes aside, though, we have to admit: Justin and Ariana’s relationship is simply platonic, guys. They really are just a pair of good friends and we love to see it. While they may have had a crush on each other at times, it’s safe to say, they’ve now matured and found true love in other people.

Justin and Hailey make a beautiful couple, and Ari is pretty loved up with Ethan Slater. All we want is for our faves to be happy after all…


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  • Angela Stephanou

    After completing her BA in Communication, Media and Film studies, Angela launched Tell Tales Online, and now writes and oversees the content and strategy across the site. As a pop culture junkie, she follows more celebs than real-life people, her guilty pleasure is watching The Kardashians, but she's also a fan of Marvel and Game of Thrones.

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1 year ago

yeah they should hook up!!!!!!! :)

1 year ago

they should defiantly hook up it is obvious they like each other!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

2 years ago

i wish they dated :(