Every relationship has its ups and downs, but when we’re talking about Justin Bieberand Selena Gomez, that’s approximately six years of roller-coaster emotions.
The two sparked dating rumours in 2010 and captured the hearts of both their fan bases, thus creating #Jelena supporters. Since Bieber and Gomez are two of the most famous young stars of their time, their admirers range from supportive to downright obsessive.
While Jelena fans have been rooting for them to get back (and stay!) together since their first split in 2012, the group got a little more passionate after seeing the recent posts on Biebs’ now-deleted Instagram page. Over the weekend, Bieber published photos with his rumoured new girlfriend, Sofia Richie, which lead to an attack on her from his fans. As a result of said attack, he threatened to set his account to private if they didn’t ease up on her. Gomez then addressed the controversial post, giving JB some unsolicited advice about appreciating his fans (she’s since regretted commenting, obv). So, what has this all lead to? Bieber allegedly accusing Selena of using him for his fame and then deleting his Instagram, breaking the hearts of Jelena fans everywhere.
Kind of hard to follow, right? Luckily, we’ve broken down every single one of their breakups and makeups.
January 2011: Vacation in St. Lucia
Bieber/Gomez dating rumours began to circulate in 2010. But it wasn’t until January 2011 that the pop stars confirmed their romance, namely by partaking in major PDA while on vacation together in St. Lucia.
February 2011: Jelena steps out on red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscars party
Yup, they finally made our dreams a reality by walking the red carpet together for the first time, thus confirming their young love. Aren’t they adorable?
May 2011: Billboard Music Awards
Jelena looked happy and strong at the Billboard Music Awards. Oh, young love.
November 2011: Jelena is over… apparently
Rumours that Gomez has dumped the Canadian pop star begin to surface, after a Bieber fan claimed she had sex with him backstage at a show in October 2010, and that he is the father of her 4-month-old child. However, it’s confirmed that the breakup rumours aren’t true.
November 2012: The couple officially breaks up; Bieber briefly linked to model Barbara Palvin
Don’t go anywhere, this is just the first of many breakups. After more than a year of puppy love, the two reportedly split for the first time as a result of their jam-packed schedules. Fans (and the internet) also begin to wonder whether there’s a relationship brewing between JB and Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin. Palvin took to Twitter, confirming that there was nothing going on between her and Bieber.
January 2013: The pair are reportedly back together; Gomez travels to Norway to visit Bieber
They clearly can’t stay away from one another for long. Less than 3 months after the duo called it quits, Bieber posted the above image of them on his Instagram… and of course, promptly deleted it.
November 2014: Gomez performs at the American Music Awards
The singer took to the stage to perform her single, “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” Here’s the kicker: she confirmed the song was about Bieber. After a few more on-again off-again appearances in the media, the couple officially confirmed they’d split.