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New celebrity love triangle alert!

01.12.17
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Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid are are reportedly beefing harder than a stale Chipotle burrito, which wouldn’t really be that big of a deal except for the fact that they are both card-carrying members of Taylor Swift’s squad, thus jeopardizing the artful curation of her Fourth of July party guest list.

It all started when Selena was photographed smooching Bella’s ex-boyfriend The Weeknd, nee Abel Tesfaye.

In the photos obtained by Us Weekly on January 10th, Selena and The Weeknd can be seen engaging in the following couple-y activities:

  • Neck nuzzling
  • Cheek pecking
  • “Giddily locking lips” (Us Weekly’s terrible words — not mine)
  • Staring dreamily into the distance and pretending not to think about the potential sexual hurdles of eating too much gnocchi with meat sauce
  • Stretching out their arms and pretending to be Rose and Jack at the hull of the Titanic (just kidding)
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Screenshots published on Elle.com indicate that Bella unfollowed Selena’s Instagram account sometime between the hours of 1:30 P.M. and 3:37 P.M. on January 11th, though she continues to follow The Weeknd.

This evidence inspires a whole host of questions, first and foremost being: does Elle.com have a staff member devoted to monitoring celebrity Instagram accounts mid-feud, and if so, can we please get coffee sometime? Second: Is unfollowing a former friend on Instagram the 2017 equivalent of throwing your half of a BFF necklace into the gutter?

Regardless, the plot of this brouhaha is already more intricate than an episode of Westworld, and the true fan sleuthing has only just begun. Teen Vogue reports: “Aside from reliving the moment [Selena and The Weeknd] shared the catwalk at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show performance — while The Weeknd was still dating Bella Hadid…fans are looking closely for references within their music.”

In the song “Party Monster” from The Weeknd’s latest album Starboy, he sings about “an ass shaped like Selena,” which might be referring to the rear end of iconic singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, or — you know — might not. If it is in fact a shout-out to Ms. Gomez, I applaud it. My boyfriend won’t even write me a song about my kneecaps despite thrice-weekly requests.

Gigi, Kendall, Lena, Lorde, Cara, Karlie, Blake, Uzo, Ryan (Reynolds) and the rest of Taylor Swift’s squad members are waiting patiently for damage control instructions from the Queen Mother, most likely involving homemade baked goods and vintage nightgowns. TMZ published a photo of Taylor leaving the gym yesterday along with the headline, “LEADER OF THE PACK Works Out Squad Drama.” It was purposefully misleading (non-clickbait translation: Works Out Amidst Squad Drama), but I still think the whole world is basically on the same page on how this bad blood (no Taylor Swift pun intended) needs to be resolved.

Photo by Kevin Kane/FilmMagic via Getty Images. 

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  • Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller. That is what German tabloids claim.

  • Paola Iljazi

    Queen Mother, really?

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    TYSM for a.) your use of “nee” and b.) reminding us of the name that The Weeknd was…nee

    • Harling Ross

      all in a day’s work

  • Lola

    MR….are there maybe some more interesting things to write about? I totally get that you guys are coming at this from a funny angle, but I come to MR for some escape from the relentless focus on this stuff.

    • Harling Ross

      hi Lola! I totally hear you. it can be exhausting when you feel like there’s no escape from the deluge of celebrity-focused pop culture content that gets served up on our social media feeds 24/7. I feel exactly the same way. But I part of what I hope we’re doing at Man Repeller is establishing that just because you aren’t interested in X topic (whether that’s fashion or beauty or puberty or celebrities), doesn’t mean you aren’t ALWAYS invited to the conversation–and thats’ an escape in and of itself. Man Repeller covers the serious stuff alongside the not-so-serious. And hopefully when we do cover the not-so-serious, it’s hopefully in a way that you won’t find elsewhere on the internet and thus won’t feel relentless but might instead feel kind of refreshing. As refreshing as 500 words on a celebrity love triangle can feel 🙂

    • 20 oz filet

      MR, please keep writing pop culture stories like this one. This site is not The New Republic. JEEZZZZZ. I find it ridiculous when people complain about getting away from the celebrity-focused media hype or whatever you want to call it. It’s 2017. Literally scroll to the next story or go find another website that caters to your needs. Maybe even suggest better topics to write about instead of complaining about the free content…..

  • I really just want the weeknd, selena, drake and j lo to all go to Dave & Busters on a PR-drenched double date and share with us the photos

  • Holly Laine Mascaro

    The entire opening paragraph for this article is just amazing.