Amidst the sad news that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have broken up, true Jelena fans are reminiscing about their sweet and seemingly perfect romance. Peruse the time line for yourself and see if you can figure out when things started heading south.
According to a report from E!, the buzz started back on January 27, 2011 when the adorable couple went to see the film No Strings Attached. Justin was just 16 years old at the time. Just over a week laterÂ—on February 8, 2011 he admitted to the media at his Never Say Never red carpet premiere that there was something going on between the two.
"She's one of my best friends," he said.
Fans of both Justin and Selena figured something more than that was in the making. It was during Vanity Fair's Oscar Party on February 27, 2011 that they officially went public as a couple. And that couple won the hearts of fans young and old, around the world.
Questions cropped up in May of 2011 when Justin and Selena took off to an undisclosed location on a romantic getaway, right after sharing a public kiss at the Billboard Music Awards. Some wondered if Justin and Selena might be having sexual relations!
Maybe they were. It was just a couple of weeks later in June that Justin brought Selena Gomez to meet his family in Toronto. The whole family fell in love with Selena and fully expected that one day little Jelenas would grace the Bieber clan.
At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in JuneÂ—which the couple attended togetheÂ—Selena let on that the constant media coverage and scrutiny of their relationship was 'horrible.' But who could blame her? Every time these kids popped into an IHOP for a stack of pancakes people climbed all over them. Just five days after the MTV Movie Awards, poor Selena was rushed to the hospital after falling ill on The Tonight Show set following a visit with Jay Leno. The Biebs gave up his Stanley Cup finals seats in Vancouver and rushed to be by her side. Fans breathed a collective sigh of reliefÂ—realizing at that point that these two were destined for a life of genuine love.
A couple of months later in August 2011, the first nasty rumor about Justin cheating cropped up. He supposedly texted his old girlfriend Jasmine Villegas, but the whole thing blew over rather quickly. A month or so later in September, a very romantic Justin rented out the Staples Center in L.A. and treated Selena Gomez to a solo big-screen movie viewing of TitanicÂ—replete with a private catered meal. Justin won the hearts of middle-aged women with this gesture.
The couple considered and ultimately opted for adoption in November of 2011 when they found Baylor, an adorable husky mix at D'Arcy's Animal Rescue Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. Custody of Baylor shouldn't be a big deal now that the two have split because the As long As You Love Me singer even admitted early on after the adoption that Baylor was way more Selena's dog than his.
Fast-forward to some troubling, but nonetheless strengthening, times for Justin and Selena. Remember the paternity suit filed by one rather crazy young woman who said Justin was the father of her son? Justin and Selena stayed strong and united during that debacle and sources say she never doubted him for a minute. And don't forget just this past May when Justin lashed out at the paparazzi for thrusting cameras in his and the Love You Like A Love Song singer's faces in Calabasas. The solidarity between the two during that scandal impressed even season married couples.
Now, just a few months after that seemingly stable relationship, fans are genuinely mourning the dissolution of the perfect young Hollywood relationship. Statements to the press cite crazy schedules in their respective careers as the reason for the break up, but who really knows? Selena is busy starring in and producing the Wizards of Waverly Place movie, and Justin is off on his Believe concert tour. But still, she showed up for concerts. She danced by the stage with his manager Scooter Braun! That was only a few weeks ago. What happened?
Another really big question comes to mind when thinking about the immediate future for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and it involves the upcoming November 18th American Music Awards. Production plans have them seated together in the front row. Will that change now that the break up is reportedly official?
You can check out the whole Justin and Selena romance time line by clicking on the E! link above. But keep that box of tissues handy. It's a sad, sad day in the young romance world.
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