Justin Bieber is currently steaming through dates on his Purpose World Tour, and it seems he is missing a certain Selena Gomez. The feeling appears to be mutual.
On Saturday, the 22-year-old heartthrob shared a throwback photo on Instagram of himself and his ex-girlfriend kissing. The image was taken from their romantic holiday together in Hawaii back in May 2011.
Seconds later, Justin added the caption, “Feels.” E! News reported that the photo garnered almost 350,000 likes in less than 15 minutes. At press time, that’s jumped to over 2.5 million (and counting).
Here’s the kicker? Within seconds of Justin posting the Jelena snap, Selena “liked” the pic. This development comes after Gomez’s three previous declarations that she is either “exhausted” or “done” with her ex-beau.
The Shade Room screenshot the actress-singer’s Instagram activity yesterday. Meanwhile, “#Selena” and “Hailey” (referring to the model Hailey Baldwin, who was seeing Justin earlier this year) trended on Twitter shortly after the Grammy winner’s post.
Shortly after “liking” the throwback photo, Selena allegedly wrote “Perfect” in comments under Justin’s post, which — if true — appears to leave no-one in any doubt that she is up for a walk down memory lane, on Instagram at least.
Naturally, Bieber’s and Gomez’s over-invested fans were keeping tracking of it all.
OK NOW THIS IS TOO MUCH pic.twitter.com/d1sj5V8OIo
— maham (@fallingforyous) March 19, 2016
Fans claim Justin “liked” a fan’s Jelena video edit on Instagram before posting his throwback snap.
So justin liked this too
— d (@gomezstime) March 20, 2016
So, what does it all mean? It’s possible the scene is being set for Selena to make an appearance either as a guest or even onstage at one of Justin’s three upcoming Purpose Tour concerts at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. The first show is on Sunday, March 20. Fan sites tweeted speculations.
RUMOR || Selena liked the picture 4 seconds after he posted it & she’s not following Justin so the rumor is that they are together tonight.
— Selena Gomez News (@TouringWithSMG) March 19, 2016
So did Bieber and Gomez’s fans. With typically mixed results.
Justin’s said all along he will always have love in his heart for Selena. If he wants to remember a happy memory then who are we to judge?
— Purpose (@lollyswagg) March 20, 2016
find me a man who’ll love me as much as justin loves selena
— Aɴɴa (@ontariosdestiny) March 20, 2016
get back to NY sis @haileybaldwin
— monica (@jdbftavon) March 19, 2016
Selena and Justin are certainly not over. #feels
— Lois (@loisberen) March 20, 2016
— PrimeWire (@prime_wire) March 20, 2016
OMG JUSTIN pls get back with Selena, my life would be complete.
— yajaira. (@yajairaxlove) March 20, 2016
WHAT IF JUSTIN AND SELENA ARE LOWKEY TOGETHER OMG
—. (@arianascabeIIos) March 20, 2016
Hailey after seeing justin’s post about jelena pic.twitter.com/ywO0abitDm
— Emma∞ (@biebers_desire) March 19, 2016
How can people be so affected and obsessed with a relationship that has nothing to do with them I do not understand pic.twitter.com/d0Y0G2yuR4
— _ (@biebersaccustic) March 20, 2016
for someone who is “exhausted” and “so done” with him she really liked that pic fast????
— ️️ (@ORGASMICSMCCANN) March 19, 2016
y’all have NO idea what’s going on in Justin’s personal life and it’s so annoying that you guys just assume. we know nothing
— donna (@yeahsjustin) March 20, 2016
Can Selena post a pic of some random guy with that caption
— bee grimes (@selenapeltz) March 19, 2016
The jokes aren't even fucking funny just let my boy live wow he can have a reminisce moment y'all the ones obsessed with ranting still
— ️ (@hoIiestcompanys) March 20, 2016
Justin and Selena probably sitting there laughing at us all dying like pic.twitter.com/3aX3FMZlX0
— Selena Gomez (@SellyIsLegend) March 20, 2016
Time will tell whether Justin and Selena actually are thinking about reuniting romantically or musically, or simply reminiscing. Back in November, everyone got excited when the pair were spotted hanging out at The Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. The Biebs was captured on video serenading the Disney alum with The Temptations hit “My Girl.”
At the time, a source told PEOPLE magazine, “They care about each other and miss each other, but they’re not getting back together right now.”
In December, the Biebs posted a throwback Jelena shot, which he captioned, “Crazy throwback.”
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve, Justin shared a photograph of himself and Hailey kissing in St. Barts, where they vacationed with his family. However, the seeming “romance” of that moment was dampened considerably when E! News later confirmed the longtime pals had a “non-exclusive” sexual relationship in addition to their friendship.
Last week, E! reported that Hailey and Justin remain “close friends,” but are now both single. Hailey’s recent tweets may be references to their split. See below.
“To not forgive is to be a victim of someone else’s bad behavior”
— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) March 6, 2016
born alone, dine alone
— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) March 19, 2016
If Hailey’s tweets are some sort of shade-throwing, there will be universal confusion as to why. Bieber’s recent GQ cover story revealed he has been completely upfront and honest with Hailey from the start about not wanting to be in an exclusive, serious relationship. And Hailey publicly stated she was fully aware of that in an interview with E! just before the Biebs’ magazine profile came out.
As for Justin and Selena, and the ballad of Jelena, the following music video says it best.
[Images via Jason Merritt/Getty Images]