Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s seating arrangements at this Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards can now be added to the numerous red flags pointing to their likely coupledom.
Seconds after Omg! Insider executive producer Brad Bessey tweeted a seating plan clearly showing Bieber and Gomez will sit next to each other at the event, the news rippled through the web like oil on butter.
Along with the seating snap, Bessey trilled:
“U wanted proof @justinbieber & @selenagomez @billboard seats r 2gether? Here u go! @omgInsider #omginsider.”
All of this comes after the Spring Breakers actress affirmed her singleton status at a radio show last Friday, but days later was seen driving away from Bieber’s L.A. home within 24 hours of his post-touring return to the States.
In addition, earlier this week, a source told E! News that the pair paid a visit to celeb hot spot Supperclub on Tuesday, May 14. Reportedly, Bieber and Gomez held hands and danced inside the club for the brief 45 minutes they were there.
The question of whether they will go public — if indeed, they are a couple — at the awards has added major frisson to an already highly anticipated show, and joins the five other crucial questions Idolator’s marvelous Carl Williott lists here.
It’s going to be quite the throwdown. As well as a double dose of Bieber — who is set to perform “#thatPOWER” with will.i.am and a solo “Take you” — Gomez will get her Bollywood-lite routine on for “Come and Get It.”
Among others, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lil Wayne with Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera with Pitbull and “special guest,” plus Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull (again) and David Guetta with Ne-Yo and Akon are also performing on the night.
Tracy Morgan hosting, a very probable ripe acceptance speech from Madonna when she grips her Top Touring Artist Award, copious shout-outs to God from winners and plenty of absolutely gratuitous camera shots of Bieber and Gomez, are just some of the things we can reasonably anticipate on the show’s menu.
Did we mention Prince will be in the building? Yes, the Purple One himself will be taking to the stage and will also receive Billboard’s Icon Award during the show.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards airs live on ABC from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19 at 8 pm ET.
Will you be watching?