In 2017, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd became many millennials definition of #relationshipgoals.
Despite a lot of love for his previous girlfriend Bella Hadid, fans got behind the new couple, thanks in large part to their public displays of affection that evoked an ‘ahh’ rather than a ‘get a room’.
Charting their budding romance on Instagram, the twosome were clearly besotted with each other, with news of their increasingly sweet date nights and the lengths that they would go to in order to spend time together only fuelling the fire.
Their popularity as a pair was down to a rare, seemingly perfect trifecta of circumstances: 1. Selena Gomez is the most followed celebrity on Instagram, and therefore one of the most popular in the world; 2. She also has an incredibly complicated romantic history with the man everyone-loves-to-hate, Justin Bieber and 3. Their combined good looks and cool status.
Following the news that they have split after 10 months together, here are the moments that they proved that they were love’s young dream…
Their First Holiday Together In Florence
Following in the footsteps of bestie Taylor Swift and her ex Tom Hiddleston, Gomez and The Weeknd spent their first romantic break in Italy, specifically in Florence. The duo were spotted at the Uffizi Gallery taking in some of Italy's finest Renaissance artworks, including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, with Gomez amping up her girly style for the occasion wearing a pastel pink princess-y midi dress and metallic stiletto heels.
When The Weeknd Rented An Entire Cinema For Date Night
Clearly hoping to pip his love rival and Gomez's former boyfriend Justin Bieber, The Weeknd took the extravagant move of renting out an entire cinema for a date back in March (Bieber reportedly once did the same… awkward). The Toronto-born singer booked a private screening of comedy thriller Get Out in his hometown, with all the requisite popcorn and sweets thrown in too.
When Gomez Flew To Colombia To Be With Him On Tour
Gomez confirmed her status as The Weeknd's number one fan back in March, when she joined him on his tour of South America by hopping on a 7-hour flight just to see him play, travelling 3,483 miles in the process. That's some dedication.
Coordinated Festival Fashion… That Broke The Internet
Gomez and the Weeknd made their first 'official' public appearance at an event together in April, attending the A-list's favourite desert-based festival, Coachella. The twosome rocked coordinated blue looks, with Selena in a bright blue HVN sundress featuring daisy print, while The Weeknd wore a blue patchwork shirt and distressed jeans. A selfie shared by Gomez of the couple not only made them 'Insta-official', but also broke records, with the picture racking up more than one million likes in the first hour.
Their PDA-Filled Met Gala Red Carpet Debut
In May, the couple made their red-carpet debut at the Met Gala, looking so affectionate that there were rumours that Bella Hadid was not best pleased with her ex (and ex-friend). After canoodling in front of the cameras, the pair also posted sweet pictures of the event on Instagram, cementing their status as one of the cutest celebrity couples of the year.
When The Weeknd Flew 11.5 Hours To Be With Gomez For Her Birthday
The day after he headlined Paris's first ever edition of Lollapalooza, The Weeknd took an 11.5-hour flight back to Los Angeles to be with his girlfriend on her birthday. He documented the journey on his Snapchat account, sharing the message 'On my way to you 👑'. Gomez reciprocated her boyfriend's excitement, sharing a similar post on her Instagram stories where she smiled saying 'Abel's on his way home'.