Model Bella Hadid and rapper The Weeknd shot down rumors that they were dating again last month — but were documented in a kiss at Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night, fueling speculation they’ve reunited.
The seeming reconciliation comes after two years ups and downs for the pair, who initially got cozy at Coachella 2015 and went on to break up, make up and even be interrupted by The Weeknd getting with Selena Gomez for a while.
In honor the on-again, f-again couple’s very public Cannes smooch, here’s a timeline what they’ve been through so far.
According to an E! News source, the pair really clicked for the first time at Coachella — where The Weeknd had performed. And Us Weekly reported that the couple had alternately gone on double dates with Bella's sister Gigi Hadid and her then-boyfriend Cody Simpson and Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
The Weeknd alludes to something going on in his love life with this cryptic tweet.
Further fuel is thrown on the gossip fire when a New York Times prile on The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) is absorbed in their budding relationship. When NYT reporter Jon Caramanica prompted The Weeknd as to whether he was in love, his response betrayed the world’s worst poker face: “I don’t know, to be honest with you. I don’t think so. Maybe. It’s no, it’s yes, it’s maybe.”
During the summer and early fall 2015, the pair were seen alternately in New York and L.A. double-dating, attending Fashion Week, and enjoying the new puppy Tesfaye bought Hadid, an adorable Yorkie named Hendrix.
As 2015 wrapped up, Tesfaye and Hadid’s relationship even took on a creative aspect, with the couple appearing on a motorcycle for The Weeknd’s video for “In the Night.” But cracks were beginning to show. E! News reported prior to the end the year that the couple were “taking a break” due to their busy schedules. An Instagram post from Hadid’s mom, Yolanda, even betrayed that they were spending Christmas apart.
Any rift between the couple around the new year, however amicable, seemed to be mended for this span a few months, in which the two made a variety public appearances at the 58th Grammy Awards, the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles awards and the 2016 Met Gala.
Hadid really opened up about her boyfriend to Glamour, revealing that when they’re together, he’s just “Abel.” She even reflected on his Grammys appearance, for which he was nominated for seven and won two: “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.”
The couple flew to Tokyo on vacation that October and celebrated Bella’s 20th birthday together, but yet another split was soon to follow. Once again, conflicting schedules were to blame: Tesfaye was finishing up the recording his new album Starboy and gearing up to promote it. The couple reunited two weeks later onstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, with Hadid stating beforehand that there was “no awkwardness” between the two. Hadid’s Instagram post from the runway even shouted Tesfaye out as “the best and most incredible performer on the planet.”
A TMZ photo surfaced Tesfaye making out with Selena Gomez by a Santa Monica dumpster, inspiring Hadid to unfollow him — and eagle-eyed fans took note. What followed from there was a slight social media war, with photographer Mert Alas briefly posting a suggestive pic Selena and Hadid posting herself flipping the bird on Instagram.
Yolanda Hadid appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to explain that Hadid was totally over Tesfaye dating Selena Gomez. “Not anymore, I think,” she reported from her daughter’s front on whether she was still up in arms. Later that month, the news broke that The Weeknd and Gomez had broken up. There was also some tension reported between Drake and The Weeknd over a rumored tryst between the Toronto rapper and Hadid.
As always with this tempestuous pair, when it seems like the final nail has been driven into the cfin, something surprising happens. Tesfaye was photographed leaving Hadid’s apartment, fueling the rumor mill once again that they’d made up. As 2018 drew closer, Hadid seemed to want to give Tesfaye another chance, with HollywoodLife reporting that her family then “freaked out and read her the riot act.”
The couple were “taking it day by day” early on in 2018. An Us Weekly “insider” reported that “they know it’s all about timing” and “when they are both ready to get back together, they will.” What Tesfaye’s dalliances with Selena? The source went on to say, “He had his phase going out and partying, but then really started to miss Bella again. They definitely still keep in touch and they still totally love each other.”
Gomez and Hadid seemed to bury the hatchet this spring when Hadid “liked” one Gomez’s Instagram posts — a video Gomez cruising on a boat in Australia. Meanwhile, Gomez had reignited and then summarily ended a redo with her ex, Justin Bieber. Then, it was (semi-)ficial that things were back on track between Hadid and The Weeknd on Thursday, with the couple getting seriously cozy at Cannes.