If you thought Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez hadn’t really gone public in their last Instagram, get ready to believe. Jelena rides again.
Encoring his Saturday posting, then deleting, of a photo of himself and the 20-year-old Spring Breakers actress, the shirtless one has unveiled a new red-hot snap of the pair for the whole world to see.
Putting the “S” in steamy, Bieber posted undeniable proof of the couple’s, well, couple-ness to his Instagram account on Friday.
The loved-up tableau shows the shirtless (naturally) 19-year-old concentrating on his computer screen, while Gomez hugs him from behind with an expression on her face that all females — everywhere — will instantly recognize.
It got even better. The caption beneath the contender for the 9 and 1/2 weeks throne read:
” ‘You’ve been makin music for too long babe come cuddle’ — her.”
Here’s a decode:
There’s something impossibly intimate about that “her” that even out-does the photo. Reflecting a new, easy, comfortable-with-each-other space for a couple that have reportedly been through the wars during their two year relationship, whatever split them up at New Year’s is now seemingly in the past.
Pre-break-up, the young couple had their share of pressure. Gomez has spoken previously about the ‘hate’ she received from some of Bieber’s fans throughout her relationship with the Canadian heartthrob. Additional strain came from the attentions of the paparazzi, the media, and likely their career commitments.
Clearly the couple kept talking despite being separated. Following Gomez’s visit to Oslo, Norway on April 18, at the same time that Bieber played the last of his three concerts there, things appear to have moved quickly.
Us Weekly, People and E! News cited sources saying the pair were seen kissing, holding hands and cuddling in Oslo.
From there, Gomez and Bieber took their reignited romance on the road. The couple traveled together to the next two stops on the Believe tour, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Now, back in the US doing press rounds for her new lead single “Come and Get It,” the ex-Disney star guested on the Elvis Duran Z100 morning show in NYC on Wednesday. During her spot, Gomez said she preferred to keep her personal life “private.”
It looks like Bieber blew that out of the water, but here’s the thing. It’s barely been 48 hours since the news broke that a Swedish police search of his tour bus found a small amount of drugs and a stun gun. So, maybe, posting an Instagram is his version 2.0 way of telling Gomez ‘I miss you.’
Joining in the seismic online response to Bieber’s posting, his manager Scooter Braun tweeted a message to the 19-year-old after the Instagram went live.
It read: “Well u can’t say @justinbieber doesn’t like to keep things interesting.”
Both Bieber and Gomez are set to present at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday at L.A’s Nokia theater.
One to watch then.