Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner, and a picture that seems to say a thousand words. Nine hundred and ninety-nine of them being: Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner might be dating, or doing what we euphemistically call dating.
Although Kendall previously denied romance rumors, romance speculation exploded on Thursday night after the Biebs posted a sweet but sizzling pic of the pair hanging out at a private home near Coachella earlier that day, on the eve of the music and arts festival.
In the sunny snap, Justin is seen leaning over Kendall’s shoulder while she sits on grass playing with his new puppy Esther. He’s shirtless. She’s wearing a bikini top and bottoms with cut-out flowing pants.
But the really interesting thing is where Bieber’s hands are. The heartthrob’s right hand is seen resting on the 19-year-old bikini bottoms with his mouth close by her ear, while they both dote over Esther.
Kendall’s reaction? Although she was wearing sunglasses at the time, her body language is basically the opposite of what happened when the Biebs hugged Ariana Grande during her show last week. Which possibly means the model is totally used to having the crooner in her personal space.
Jendall (can we call them that yet?) aren’t alone in Coachella. They traveled to the festival with mutual pal model Hailey Baldwin. The trio have since met up with Kendall’s younger sister Kylie, the Viners King Bach, Matthew Espinosa, choreographer Nick DeMoura, and others.
In one photograph, which Hailey posted Thursday, she and Kendall posed in bikinis. The Topshop model’s caption read, “Good way to start Coachella.” Fans and reports are now abuzz with dating rumors about Justin and Kendall, but no-one (but them) actually knows what the coup is.
But if Justin and Kendall’s friendship has developed into something intimate, here are six reasons why it could be the best thing ever.
1: Let’s face it, they look great together
Chemistry seemed to flow between the singer and the model in final shots from their photo shoot in this month’s issue of Vogue.
The magazine christened the Biebs, Kendall, Ansel Elgort, Gigi Hadid, Dylan, and Hopper Penn as the new Hollywood brat pack.
Justin and Kendall were seen hanging out poolside in two sexy shots and dancing it up in a behind-the-scenes video.
Frankly, there are so many great pics of these two together to pick favorites. And we’d like to see more.
2: The Kardashian-Jenner clan already love Justin
If Jendall is a go, there’ll be no awkward “meet the family” stage. Justin has been pals with Kendall and Kylie for years, and even shot a photo shoot with older sister Kim in 2010.
Last August, the singer partied with the family at the birthday party of Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, in Ibiza, Spain. The Biebs posted a snap taken with matriarch Kris Jenner, which he captioned, “Who’s your daddy?”
The crooner famously lunched with Kendall at a Paris cafe two months during a Fashion Week trip with former girlfriend Selena Gomez, after which the actress-singer returned to Los Angeles a day later and the couple split.
More recently, in March, Kris Jenner praised Justin as the “#bestbabysitterintheworld” in her caption to a snap of the singer larking around in a Beverly Hills hotel pool with Mason Disick, the young son of Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian.
3: Kendall could handle Justin, based on this Instagram
Despite being a star of one of the highest-profile reality TV shows in the world, in-demand model, and the new face of Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Estee Lauder, Kendall seems to be emotionally grounded amid her glitzy life.
Back in November, within days of Selena releasing her heartbreak song “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” Kendall shared an Instagram message of smart, sassy advice for any girl trying to get over a guy. At the time, it was thought the post was a comment on Gomez’s sob-fest in the video.
Check out Kendall’s Instagram below. Seems like more than a match for the Biebs to us.
4: Friendship can be a great basis for lasting romance
In January, Kendall told Nightline that Justin was a “longtime family friend.” Fast forward to last month, that was more than proved at the singer’s brutal Comedy Central Roast.
Despite tasteless jokes made at Kendall’s dad Bruce’s expense over his reported ongoing transition from a man to a woman, the model was one of the first on hand to comfort Justin when the televised skewering ended. The pair were later spotted at an after-party held at the Sony Studio lot in Culver City, California.
5: From Calvin Klein campaigns, mutual pals, to living in the spotlight — they have a lot in common
Like former teen-star Justin, Kendall was thrust into fame at a young age, courtesy of E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Whether it’s running paparazzi gauntlets, dealing with unwelcome or false press reports, getting trashed on comment boards, bullied by peers, or just dealing with fame — these two have heaps to talk about.
No wonder they get on so well. And if they are actually attracted to each other, as has long been rumored, this possible romance could last the distance.
6: Jendall. It works
Okay. So this isn’t really a serious reason. But do you need more convincing at this point? If — and that’s a big “if” — Justin and Kendall are secretly romancing, Jendall is too great a shipper moniker to waste.
Let’s just hope that unlike former examples — Jelena, Robsten, Haylor, and the rest — it doesn’t mean they’ll end up the same way.
So, who’s ready to ship the possible real-life Jendall?
[Images via Instagram/Shots/Getty Images]