Bella Hadid & The Weeknd’s Relationship Timeline Shows Maybe They Were Always Meant To Be
Bella Hadid and The Weeknd may no longer be an item, but they're one of those former couples who always make you wonder if they'll get back together someday. It definitely wouldn't be the first time these two rekindled the spark. If you've been following them for the past five years, you know everything that they've been through. But if you haven't, and you're curious as to how they got to this point, I'm here to give you a glimpse of Bella Hadid and The Weeknd’s relationship timeline.
The quick version? Hadid and The Weeknd's on-again, off-again relationship began in 2015. In 2016, they faced breakup rumors and engagement rumors before actually parting ways. (Remember that iconic moment when Hadid strutted by her ex on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway as he performed? Yeah, this happened just two weeks following their 2016 split.) They were apart for most of 2017, as The Weeknd dated Selena Gomez, but were reportedly reunited by the end of the year. They were rumored to be going strong through 2018, but broke up again in 2019.
While the two stars were reportedly just friends after their 2019 split, with these two, you never know what's going to happen next.
Ah, the beginning. So much flirting, so much cute. A source told E! News that Hadid and The Weeknd were flirting a lot at Coachella, where he performed that year. Although we don't necessarily know how they met, we do know they had already been introduced by Hadid's sister Gigi, and that they really clicked this time around.
Later in their relationship, The Weeknd told Rolling Stone that he had originally reached out to Hadid to work with her, and when she shot him down, he said it gave him the opportunity to pursue a romantic relationship.
Despite the rumors that Hadid and The Weeknd were dating, neither had confirmed their relationship. However, they were often spotted together at the same place. Coincidence? I think not!
In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, when asked if he was in love, The Weeknd responded cryptically. He said, "I don’t know, to be honest with you. I don’t think so. Maybe. It’s no, it’s yes, it’s maybe."
The two were seen walking hand-in-hand during New York Fashion Week, giving fans the first official confirmation that they were, indeed, a couple.
From girlfriend to muse; Hadid starred in The Weeknd's "In the Night" music video. But shortly after, breakup rumors began to spread. E! News reported that they were taking a break due to busy schedules. A source told the publication, “They are still in each other’s lives though, just not in the same exclusive capacity.”
Despite the rumors, the couple was spotted partying on DJ Khaled's yacht in Miami while The Weeknd was on break from his tour.
Hadid and The Weeknd may have been rumored to be off for a few months, but once February rolled around, they were completely back on.
The couple made their red carpet debut at the 58th Grammy Awards, where The Weeknd was nominated for seven awards and won two.
Later that month, engagement rumors began to spread, but according to Vogue, a rep quickly shot down them down.
Hadid spilled the beans on her relationship with The Weeknd in an interview with Glamour.
“It was a big night for him. He has worked so hard, and he did so well that night. As a girlfriend I wanted to be there to support him. Seeing him so happy when he won a Grammy made me so happy,” she revealed when asked why they chose the Grammys to make their red carpet debut.
In regards to their relationship itself, she told Glamour, “I’m dating Abel. I don’t see him as The Weeknd. I’m proud of The Weeknd and the music he makes, but I really love Abel.” Oh my, adorable.
In November, the couple split. “Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album,” a source reportedly told People. “They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends.”
Just two weeks after their breakup went public, Hadid walked her first Victoria Secret Fashion Show, and who was the performer? None other than The Weeknd.
“There is no awkwardness,” she told E! News before hitting the stage. “He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance.”
The day after her strut down the runway, Hadid posted to Instagram thanking everyone that made her VS debut a success, including her ex.
"Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always 😍 ❤️," she wrote in her caption.
January to October 2017
In January 2017, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd were spotted getting cozy in Santa Monica. After a few months, it became very clear that the two were dating (and quite openly at that).
Shortly after TMZ reported that Gomez and The Weeknd were seeing each other, Hadid unfollowed Gomez on Instagram. A few days later, Hadid posted a picture to her Instagram taken by paparazzi where she's shown giving the cameras the finger. (Some speculated it was her way of publicly telling off her ex.)
The Weeknd was spotted leaving Hadid's NYC apartment, inciting rumors that the two could be dating again. However, it was nothing more than a casual meeting, a source reportedly told E! News.
"Abel reached out to Bella asking to hang out and catch up, and she decided to see him and see where things go. She knows that if they don't date again, they can at least be good friends."
The Weeknd released his EP, My Dear Melancholy. While it seemed like all anyone could talk about was the EP's first song "Call Out My Name" (that was rumored to be about Gomez), a couple of the other songs pointed at Hadid.
In "Wasted Times," The Weeknd referenced an equestrian (Hadid was a horseback rider before she was a model!), and the lyrics read, "Wasted times I spent with someone else/She wasn't even half of you.” Ouch, sorry Selena.
In "Try Me," The Weeknd sang, "You're the best I ever had / Baby girl, remind me," and, "You're lookin' grown since the last time I looked at you / It might have been, been about a couple months / But I just got the picture that you texted to me."
Was this his grand gesture to get Hadid back?
Rumors began to spread that the two were seen all over each other at Coachella, back where it all started for them, but Hadid quickly shut them down.
When an E! News Instagram caption read, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid were spotted 'kissing all night' at a Coachella after party and it’s safe to say we didn’t feel it coming. Link in bio for more on their desert reunion," Hadid quickly replied saying, "It wasn't me" followed by a shrugging emoji and a detective emoji.
This time, there was no doubt about it: Hadid and The Weeknd were seen kissing up a storm in Cannes. This went down just one month after they both denied they were dating again.
“Bella kept coming over and whispering in his ear and kissing his neck,” a source reportedly told The Daily Mail. “They certainly weren’t keeping it a secret. They were standing out on the beach in front of hundreds of people.”
After fans were able to deduce that the two were in Paris together, there was even further confirmation that they were back on after a photo surfaced of them walking arm-in-arm down the streets of the City of Love.
Multiple sources close to the couple reportedly confirmed that they are back together. The couple vacationed in Tokyo with The Weeknd's friends.
While the couple didn't officially announce their reunion, all appearances suggested that the rumors they were back on appeared to be true. Hadid accompanied The Weeknd for his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago, where she posted an IG story of her singing along to “Pray For Me.” Later in August, the two attended Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party where they proceeded to get all cute and couple-y in some photo booth pics together.
The two spent Hadid’s 22nd birthday together and she got mushy about her man on IG. Posting photos of the two of them hugging and smiling, Hadid wrote, “I’ve never felt so much love & happiness. Than u to my baby, my beautiful family, and friends for making this surprise so special.”
Hadid and The Weeknd celebrated Halloween together with the ultimate couples costume, Lydia and Beetlejuice, at Heidi Klum’s annual party.
When Hadid strutted the runway for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Nov. 9, The Weeknd was in attendance in the front row cheering her on alongside the model's mother, Yolanda Hadid.
The couple took their relationship to the next level by agreeing to live together. A source at the time told US Weekly they were “madly in love with one another,” and that “a proposal was on the horizon.”
Hadid and The Weeknd spent the first half of 2019 in apparent relationship bliss, but by August rumors began swirling that there was trouble between the two of them. A source reportedly confirmed the news, telling E! that "Bella and Abel have split," adding, "They are in different places right now, physically and mentally. Bella is prepping for her Fashion Week commitments and Abel is working on his music and his upcoming acting debut."
Fans of the couple were hoping there might be a reconciliation in the cards for these two when The Weeknd attended Hadid’s 23rd birthday. A source reportedly told E! that the two were on good terms. "There is no bad blood between the two and they are on good terms right now. There isn’t any chance of them getting back together right now, but Bella never wants to have any anger or resentment toward anyone," the source said. A rep for The Weeknd reportedly confirmed this, saying the singer attended the party as just a friend.
The former flames made headlines once more on Aug. 31, when they crossed paths again, this time at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. The two reportedly handled it well. "They played it cool and crossed paths with each other, same place, same time," a source told The Daily Mail. "[They're] on good terms."
While you never really know what the future could hold for these two, it seems that (at least for now) their love story has run its course, and that’s OK. Not all relationships are meant to last forever. Still, if they wanted to get back together, I wouldn’t be bummed. Just sayin’.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect recent developments in this relationship.
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