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The pair made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2017 Met Gala. Gomez got glammed up in a cream Coach gown and pink eye shadow, while The Weeknd kept things classic in a fitted tux.

Gomez và The Weeknd posted photos on Instagram from their ultra-stylish date night, which received enthusiastic comments from fans, friends and even Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefey.

"Glowing, smiling, looking health & equal love," she wrote from her trương mục Kicked to the Curb Productions, which produced Netflix's hit 13 Reasons Why. "Mama is happy XO."

May 8, 2017: Selena Gomez takes her family to lớn The Weeknd's concert

Days after Gomez's mom gave the couple her seal of approval, the singer brought her relatives to The Weeknd's show in Dallas, which is near where the Only Murders in the Building star grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Gomez was joined at the Starboy: Legend of the Fall show by her cousin, Priscilla De
Leon, and her nephew, Aiden. Priscilla posted a photo of the trio on the day of the show, captioning the shot, "Still got it," as well as a photo of herself backstage wearing a VIP laminate.

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Eagle-eyed fans were delighted when it seemed lượt thích a collaboration between the couple was perhaps in the near future. At the time, The Weeknd's name was listed under Gomez's single "In Her Element" on the Wikipedia page of songwriter Max Martin, according to lớn ELLE, which prompted the speculation. Ultimately, they never released a song together.

June 9, 2017: Selena Gomez explains why she decided lớn take her relationship with The Weeknd public

During an interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Gomez opened up about balancing her desire for privacy in her relationship with her public-facing life.

"It's really hard when I would want to spend so much time hiding things," Gomez said. "It's too much pressure, & I think everyone gets over everything eventually … I just want khổng lồ be happy. If that's me just being myself, then I don't really care."

July 22, 2017: The Weeknd flies from Paris to lớn celebrate Selena Gomez's birthday

Immediately following his headlining Lollapalooza mix in Paris, the "Starboy" singer left the French capital via private jet in order khổng lồ meet Gomez in L.A. To lớn celebrate her 25th birthday. The couple were spotted grabbing brunch in Calabasas that day before heading to Soho House's Little Beach House Malibu for a dinner with Gomez's friends.

"Selena và The Weeknd seem great," an insider told PEOPLE. "He has been touring so they haven't spent much time together. After Saturday night's concert, he jetted straight back lớn L.A. So he could celebrate Selena's birthday on Sunday. Selena seemed very excited. They had a fun birthday dinner with friends at Soho House on Sunday night."

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The pair spent the holiday weekend together in thành phố new york City, where they were spotted out và about & dining at Japanese restaurant Nobu. Gomez shared a sweet photo on Instagram of the pair cozied up in a booth on a date.

September 2017: PEOPLE reports that The Weeknd planned his tour dates around Selena Gomez's kidney transplant

In September, Gomez opened up about having quietly undergone a kidney transplant over the summer as a result of her ongoing battle with Lupus. A source later told PEOPLE that The Weeknd was by his girlfriend"s side throughout the recovery, scheduling his performances around her surgery so that he could be there for her as much as possible.

October 30, 2017: Selena Gomez và The Weeknd break up

In late October 2017, multiple sources confirmed khổng lồ PEOPLE that the musicians had ended their relationship.

"She & Abel have been going back & forth for a few months about their relationship," an insider said. "It's been hard with him being on tour và her shooting in New York. That wasn't easy on them."

While Gomez "always made an effort" to attend his shows when she could, "that played a part in them getting distant," added the insider. "It's over for now, but they're still in touch." The source added that things had "been hard for months" and that the breakup wasn't easy for either of them.

The insider also denied that Gomez was back together with Bieber, whom she was seen attending church with a few days before news of her split broke. She và Bieber did go on khổng lồ rekindle their relationship for a few months, albeit unofficially.

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Speaking out about the split for the first time, Gomez told Billboard that she was "really proud" of the "remarkable" way things ended between her và The Weeknd.

"Something that I'm really proud of is that there's such a true friendship ," she told the outlet. "I truly have never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends, & it was genuinely about encouraging và caring , và that was pretty remarkable for me."

March 30, 2018: The Weeknd releases new music, seemingly inspired by Selena Gomez

The R&B star dropped his 6-track EP, My Dear Melancholy, five months after his split from Gomez. Fans were quick lớn read into the lyrics of each track, believing that Gomez was referenced in "Call Out My Name" in lyrics lượt thích "We found each other/ I helped you out of a broken place/ You gave me comfort/ But falling for you was my mistake."

In the same track, other lyrics had fans wondering if The Weeknd had considered donating a kidney khổng lồ Gomez when she needed a transplant the prior year. "I said I didn't feel nothing baby, but I lied/ I almost cut a piece of myself for your life/ Guess I was just another pit stop/ Til' you made up your mind/ You just wasted my time/ You're on top," he sang.

​February 24, 2022: Selena Gomez shuts down rumors of bad blood with The Weeknd's new love interest

Nearly five years after his split from Gomez, The Weeknd was spotted spending time with Simi Khadra, of DJ twin sister duo Simi & Haze. Fans quickly wondered whether this would cause tension between Simi and Gomez, who are longtime friends (Simi is also close khổng lồ The Weeknd"s other ex, Hadid — who appeared khổng lồ unfollow her on Instagram after news of their romance broke).

Gomez was quick lớn set the record straight, sharing a photo to Instagram of herself hanging out with Simi và Haze a few days after the DJ was seen kissing her ex. "Since 2013," she captioned the snap of the trio spending time together.

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The Breakup: On Oct. 30, 2017, it was announced that Selena and The Weeknd called it quits on their 10-month relationship. Coincidentally, a few days earlier, Selena was spotted at church & grabbing breakfast with her ex Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. 

But sources swore Justin had nothing to do with the split and, instead, blamed distance for their breakup. “She và Abel have been going back và forth for a few months about their relationship,” an insider shared at the time. “It’s been hard with him being on tour & her shooting in New York. That wasn’t easy on them.”

A month later, Selena spoke about their breakup for the first time, revealing that she & Abel were still best friends despite no longer being romantically linked. "Something that I"m really proud of is that there"s such a true friendship ," she told Billboard. "I truly have never experienced anything lượt thích that in my life. We ended it as best friends, và it was genuinely about encouraging & caring , và that was pretty remarkable for me."

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Where They Are Now: Selena reconciled with Justin Bieber immediately following her split from The Weeknd in November 2017. But their reunion was short-lived, & the two broke up four months later. Since Justin, Selena hasn't dated anyone seriously but has recently been linked to lớn The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart, as well as another Hadid ex, Zayn Malik, this year.

With her love life on hold, Selena has been putting all of her focus on her career. In 2020, Selena came out with her first album in five years, Rare, and also launched a beauty brand by the same name. Gomez currently has a starring role in the Hulu mystery series Only Murders in the Building & was nominated for an Emmy as an executive producer on the show.

Like Gomez, The Weeknd seemingly reconciled with his ex, Bella Hadid, weeks after his breakup with Selena. The two sparked reunion rumors once more in April 2018 at Coachella & a month later after sharing a kiss at Cannes. They went on to date for a little over a year, và Abel is now reportedly with DJ Simi Khadra.

The Weeknd's music career has continued khổng lồ be a major success. A year after his split from Selena, he released the album, My Dear Melancholy, with the tuy vậy "Call Out My Name" seemingly about the songstress. He went on to lớn release two more albums — After HoursDawn FM — và will star in the new HBO Max series The Idol (which he also created và produced) in June.

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