It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the internet loves nothing more than talking about Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s relationship even though (1) they’ve been broken up for literal years, (2) they’ve both entirely moved on, and (3) he’s married to Hailey Baldwin Bieber. Like, Jelena is over!
And TBH, people still clinging to that unsinkable ship miiiiight be interested to know that Sel has actually dated more than one person in her life—including some truly wild-card celebrities like Orlando “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” Bloom (we forgot about this relationship too, don’t worry), Taylor Lautner during his peak sexy Twilight wolf years, and the one and only Nick Jonas. Fast-forwarding to the latest Selena Gomez boyfriend rumor? None other than one half of The Chainsmokers duo, Andrew Taggard…expect Selena has something to say about that. Let’s get into it, shall we?
NICK JONAS: 2008
It was short-lived, but yep. Selena and Nick dated in 2008 and she even starred in the video for “Burnin’ Up.”
Obviously, Nick and Miley Cyrus also had a THING in this era, but Sel told W magazine in 2016 that it was never an issue: “We never feuded. We both liked the same guy when we were 16.…We are now completely settled in our own lives.” Moving along!
TAYLOR LAUTNER: 2009
I know, right? WHOMST KNEW? Selena briefly dated Taylor after they met while she was filming Ramona and Beezus and he was filming Twilight: New Moon. But public interest in the relationship ended up killing their vibe. Here’s what Selena told Seventeen:
“Kristen [Stewart] was staying in my hotel. He would visit her, so we were constantly running into each other in the lobby—and we ended up meeting. We would go out to lunch and dinner, but I knew he had paparazzi following him and I had paparazzi following me. So we literally just wanted to hang out, go bowling and stuff, and it went a little too far, I think. People were getting a little crazy about us.”
Clearly, the two remained on good terms though, because this picture ^ was taken a few years after they dated. Oh, and Taylor went on to date Sel’s close friend and fellow Taylor, Taylor Swift. T-Swift even allegedly wrote “Back to December” about him, and when asked what he thought of the song in 2016, he mused, “That’s what she does.” Cool.
JUSTIN BIEBER: DECEMBER 2010 TO APRIL 2014
Justin and Selena were spotted eating pancakes at IHOP in 2010, which I think we can all agree is the most romantic thing two people can do together. At first, Selena attempted to shut down rumors, telling Us Weekly, “It was just pancakes.” But, like, there’s no such thing as JUST PANCAKES. The couple spent the next few years dodging breakup rumors and hitting red carpets, including the premiere of Katy Perry: Part of Me. Wow, the only thing that says love more than pancakes is a Katy Perry doc, truly.
Things were pretty up and down for these two, and then the Billboard Music Awards hit in May 2013. Not super important, except for the fact that Taylor Swift was caught on camera making a fully disgusted face when she saw them kissing backstage:
Despite Sel’s friends clearly not being here for it, Jelena continued to date on and off through April 2014—when they had a fight at Coachella after Selena allegedly found photos of Kylie Jenner on Justin’s phone. Tabloids at the time reported that Selena “flipped out” and they briefly broke up. Which brings us to…
ORLANDO BLOOM: APRIL 2014
Outlets reported that Selena and Orlando hooked up to make Miranda Kerr and the Biebs jealous after they allegedly flirted at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Please be advised that Justin was wearing this outfit at the time:
Both Selena and Elf Bae Orlando denied their romance after being seen “chilling outside” of a Chelsea Handler show, but just wait, because what happens next has me legit all:
JUSTIN BIEBER: JUNE 2014 TO OCTOBER 2014
Just a couple of months later, Justin made it clear he and Selena were back together with THIS not-at-all-dramatic black-and-white photo captioned, “Our love is Unconditional.” Like, we get it, Justin. Calm down.
The next month (that’d be July), Orlando was seen punching Justin in Ibiza (yes, you read that right) and then Justin posted and deleted a photo of Miranda looking all kinds of fire on Instagram. You! Cannot! Make! This! Stuff! Up!
Selena and Justin managed to make it work until October, when tabloids reported that Justin’s “secret liaisons” with Kendall Jenner were the reason behind the split.
ZEDD: CIRCA JANUARY 2015 TO MARCH 2015
Selena and Zedd started appearing on each other’s Instagrams while working on music together, but it didn’t take fans long to read into literally every appearance they made and assume they were dating….
Which they were! And in case you need proof, here’s a pic Zedd posted of Selena in bed:
This dude opened up about dating Selena a few years after their breakup, saying:
“Reporters were calling my parents. People were hacking my friends’ phones. I was pissed. [Although] I kind of knew what I was getting myself into.…She is one of the most talked about people in the world, but I had no idea how much that would change my life.”
NIALL HORAN: DECEMBER 2015
Selena was linked to One Directioner Niall Horan after they were spotted on a date at the Santa Monica pier. Oh, and they were also seen “kissing, hugging, and dancing close to one another” at Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s 35th birthday party.
Meanwhile, just a month before, Justin was spotted serenading Selena with “My Girl” at a Beverly Hills bar:
Either way, Selena friend-zoned Niall when Entertainment Tonight asked if they were dating, saying, “Oh my god! No. I love him, I always have. He’s amazing.” To be fair, they do go way back! Here they are hanging before all these rumors in 2013:
SAMUEL KROST: CIRCA JANUARY 2016
Selena briefly dated Gigi Hadid’s friend Samuel Krost, also known as Fyre Festival’s booker. Like, CAN YOU IMAGINE THE THINGS HE’S SEEN? Anyway, Samuel confirmed their relationship months year, Instagramming and deleting, “Selena is a real girl with a real heart and real feelings. All you superficial who are just unhappy with your love lives, understand that love is real. Although we have ventured on separate paths, at least I know that love exists. I love you, Sel.”
CHARLIE PUTH: MARCH 2016
Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez tried to deny they were hooking up in March 2016 despite reports to the contrary, and it took literally years for Charlie to admit that they were dating. During an interview with Billboard, he said the relationship was “very short-lived, very small, but very impactful. And it really messed me up. I’m trying to put this the best way possible: It wasn’t like I was the only person on her mind. And I think I knew that going in—what I was getting myself into.”
HMMM, I wonder who he could be talking about?! Guess that explains why Charlie said “F*ck you, Justin Bieber” during a concert that month.
ORLANDO BLOOM (AGAIN): MAY 2016
Guess who’s back! Selena and Orlando dusted off their ~vibes~ and were seen getting suuuper handsy in photos obtained by TMZ. And let me just say, the pics were EXTREMELY 👀. Especially because Orlando was dating Katy Perry at the time, who hit Twitter with this cryptic musing:
THE WEEKND: JANUARY 2017 TO OCTOBER 2017
Selena and The Weeknd broke the internet after they were spotted kissing next to some literal dumpsters in Santa Monica. The couple spent the next few months traveling to Italy and making out on a yacht, and they finally went Instagram official right in time for Coachella in April 2017:
The next month, they went red carpet official at the Met Gala:
And in August, we got this cuteness on The Weeknd’s IG:
Selena ended up having a kidney transplant in September, and despite reports from People that The Weeknd was “one of her biggest supports,” they split up the next month. A source told People, “She and Abel have been going back and forth for a few months about their relationship. It’s been hard with him being on tour and her shooting in New York. That wasn’t easy on them.” Said source also added, “It’s been hard for them to come to the realization that this is the direction things were heading, but it’s been hard for months.”
JUSTIN BIEBER: OCTOBER 2017 TO MARCH 2018
Welp, this dude’s back again. Justin and Selena were seen grabbing breakfast and attending a church service one day before Selena’s breakup with The Weeknd and wasted no time making it clear they were back together. We’re talking public bike rides, hockey game kissing sessions—the whole PR thing. Unfortunately, March 2018 hit and the couple once again broke up. And we all know how this story ends: with Justin marrying Hailey Baldwin and Selena releasing two scathing breakup songs about him.
That said!!! Sel and Hails seem to have repaired the rift?!?!? IDK what else there is to say because I’m personally still actively recovering from it, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
NIALL HORAN (AGAIN…MAYBE): OCTOBER 2019
Nothing was official, but the internet lowkey melted down thanks to Selena being spotted multiple times with Niall Horan. AGAIN. I mean, yeah, they were hanging out in a group, but look at his arm around her!
…CHRIS EVANS??: OCTOBER 2021
Alright, TBD if this checks out, BUT! The rumor mill was flying about Chris Evans and Selena in late 2021.
The evidence? Selena and Chris were apparently spotted hanging out together in Los Angeles (leaving a studio, restaurants, etc.), plus Chris followed Selena on Insta…along with 200 million+ other people. However, the rumors were put to rest once it was confirmed that Chris is actually dating Portuguese actor Alba Baptista, aaaaand apparently the two still seem to be kinda going strong. Okay, plot twist! In May 2022, Selena hinted at her dating status in a TikTok where she directly said to the camera, “No, I’m fine. I’m totally fine being single, it’s a real thing. It’s fine.” She then panned over to her group of four friends who were all paired off in twos looking super loved-up.
However, that clearly was nawt the case for long because apparently she began dating…
ANDREA IERVOLINO: AUGUST 2022
Just days after hosting a star-studded party at her Los Angeles home in July 2022, the actor made her way to Italy in *very* good company c/o Italian Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino. At the time, pics of Sel aboard a yacht in Positano alongside Andrea were released, and I don’t think anyone has personally known peace since.
Interestingly enough, this wasn’t the first time the two had been romantically linked, so there’s that! A source dished to Entertainment Tonight during summer 2022 that Selena “is more open to love, but she is also very much focused on herself and her work right now. She’s in a very healthy place. She is feeling fantastic and very mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy.” That being said!!!!!! The two did spend quite a lot of time during her trip dancing, hugging, sharing forehead kisses, and looking generally ~in love~ on their yacht, as one does when in Italia.
ANDREW “DREW” TAGGART: SEPTEMBER 2022
In news not a single soul saw coming, Us Weekly reported that Selena and The Chainsmokers’s Drew Taggart were an item. According to a source who chatted with the publication, the singer and DJ “aren’t trying to hide their romance by sneaking around at members only clubs,” but are still “very casual and low-key” doing things like bowling and movie dates and generally “having a lot of fun together.”
That! Said! Selena debunked this rumor herself pretty swiftly, confirming she is indeed single.
And this all makes sense since there seem to be some conflicting dates and receipts. TL;DR: the DJ was spotted on vacation with as recently as December 31, 2022 with Eve Jobs, so the timing of this all doesn’t exactly square.
*Le sigh* The internet once again remains undefeated! We’ll be updating this story with any more intel on Sel’s love life, but in the meantime, we can’t help but be in love with her iconic character on Only Murders in the Building, which is already working on season 3!