The Weeknd – AKA Abel Tesfaye, who released his third studio album ‘Starboy’ in November – and Gomez were spotted embracing by paparazzi outside a restaurant in Santa Monica over the weekend, leading to mass online speculation that the two are currently in a relationship.
While neither artist has verified the pictures, fans of both The Weeknd and Gomez have been registering their surprise on social media. Some online observers have also pointed to the additional context that The Weeknd recently ended his long-term relationship with Bella Hadid – a close friend of Gomez – in November.
See a selection of the fan reaction to The Weeknd and Gomez’s new relationship below.
selena gomez and the weeknd ????? WHAAAAAAAAAT i was not expecting that pic.twitter.com/RbMQEUMoRz
— bubble boy (@dillonjuarez) January 11, 2017
Yes our country is days away from falling apart but Selena Gomez and the Weeknd?? What is happening
— Emily Scanlon (@emilyascanlon) January 11, 2017
LET SELENA GOMEZ LIVE HER LIFE ITS THAT FUCKING SIMPLE
— ً (@seIenasjonas) January 11, 2017
Back in August, Gomez announced that she would be taking an indefinite break from music after suffering from anxiety and depression following her lupus diagnosis.
The pop singer and Spring Breakers star had previously revealed that she has undergone chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease, a disorder that affects the body’s immune system, whereby the body becomes hyperactive and attacks its own tissue. It is not yet known when she will resume her music career.