Bella Hadid and The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, broke up last November after more than one year of dating. Their demanding work schedules were reportedly the cause of the split, though neither party has confirmed what happened. The world may never find out and we'll always have the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to look back on. Here's how their relationship came and went. And made came back again...
April 2015: Bella and Abel become more than friends shortly after hanging out at Coachella, where he performed. A source tells E! News they were "flirting lots" while a second source reveals Coachella is "where they really clicked." Us Weekly reveals that the new couple have gone on double dates with Gigi and (then-boyfriend) Cody Simpson, as well as Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger (who would split this month).
May 2015: The new couple are still keeping schtum about their relationship but fans go wild over this tweet posted on 2nd May:
don't go around breaking young girls' hearts.— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) May 2, 2015
July 2015: In a New York Times feature story about Abel, Bella is mentioned in four paragraphs. Two of them are dedicated to the newness of their relationship and a kiss she gives him before his performance at New York's Museum of Modern Art. When asked if he's in love, Abel offers this: "I don't know, to be honest with you. I don't think so. Maybe. It's no, it's yes, it's maybe."
August 2015: Bella and Gigi go on another double date with their beaus Abel and Joe Jonas, respectively, hanging out at L.A. hotspot The Nice Guy. According to People, Taylor Swift was also there.
September 2015: Bella and Abel are spotted at New York Fashion Week holding hands.
October 2015: Abel buys Bella a puppy — a Yorkie named Hendrix — for her 19th birthday.
They spend her birthday weekend in New York City together, along with her mum Yolanda Foster, sister Gigi, and Joe Jonas.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Abel says he first approached Bella for work and work only. "I actually asked her to be on the artwork for Beauty Behind The Madness. My motive was literally to work with her." Bella initially declined, leading him to suggest a "face-to-face" meet up. In the RS interview, he points out that their relationship wouldn't have worked if it happened two years ago ("she couldn't"), possibly alluding to the fact that she would have been 16 at the time. "But if I'd met someone two years ago, I probably would've messed it up. But I'm more — how do I say it? — clear-thinking now."
December 2015: Bella plays a femme fatale in Abel's new video for In The Night. There's a beautiful shot of them riding on a motorcycle together.
Before the end of the year, E! News reports that the couple are taking a break due to their busy schedules. "They are still in each other's lives though, just not in the same exclusive capacity," says one source. They spend Christmas apart.
February 2016: Bella and Abel make their red carpet debut as a couple at the 58th Grammy Awards.
March 2016: Abel supports Bella at the Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards. They're too cute for words.
May 2016: Bella and Abel attend the 2016 Met Gala looking like a million bucks in his-and-hers Givenchy.
August 2016: Bella opens up about her boyfriend to Glamour magazine, saying that she often thinks about him when she's modeling and that when they're together, he's "Abel" and not his stage name. "I'm proud of The Weeknd and the music he makes, but I really love Abel." She also reveals why they decided to make their couple debut at the Grammys. "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." (He was nominated for seven and won two that night).
October 2016: Bella and Abel fly off to Tokyo and have the Instagram vacation of your dreams.
Upon their return, the couple celebrate Bella's 20th birthday. No puppy this time though.
November 2016: People reports on 10th November that Bella and Abel have split after one and a half years of dating. One source says their schedules, once again, are to blame and that Abel is "focusing on finishing and promoting his album … they still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends."
Two weeks later, The Weeknd's new album Starboy is released. Bella and Abel reunite on stage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, with her making her VS debut and him performing on the show for the second year in a row. "There is no awkwardness," she tells E! News before hitting the stage. "He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance."
Bella gives a shout-out to her ex the following day on Instagram, writing, "Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always." No awkward feelings here. Nope.
I can't believe it! I was smiling SO HUGE on the inside I promise!!!! The most fun and nerve racking experience of my life but I wish I could do it over and over and over again!!!!! Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always And not enough thank you's to @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro and the whole VS family!!!thank you for believing in me I love you all so so so much
January 2017: TMZ publishes photos of Selena Gomez and Abel making out by a dumpster in Santa Monica. Bella quietly unfollows Selena on Instagram but everyone notices.
bella unfollowed selena but didn't unfollow abel girl you should be mad at him not her— (@nontearsleft) January 11, 2017
On 12th January, photographer Mert Alas posts — and quickly deletes — a sultry pic of Selena wearing nothing but gold hoops, a matching thong, and a towel. The original photo also included a tag for The Weeknd along with a heart emoji.
The next day, Bella shares a hot selfie (say that three times) on Instagram. Make of this what you will…
People reports that Bella is "hurt" that her ex has moved on with Selena. This is according to a "source close to the supermodel," so do read it with a grain of salt. In the same vein, a "Hadid pal" tells Us Weekly that Bella has reached out to Abel "a few times and told him Selena is using him," as it's believed the rumoured new couple are working on new music together.
Selena and Abel have yet to confirm their relationship status, but it seems like Bella gets the last word for now.
31st October 2017: Selena and The Weeknd split. So now he's single and ready to mingle. But will he being mingling old flame Bella? It sure looks like it...
20th November 2017: Rumours that Bella and The Weeknd are back together start circling, and if you add that to the sweet gesture The Weeknd made when Bella walked the Victoria's Secret runway, things are looking good for Wella.
"Bella loved every minute of the show, and she looked absolutely stunning,' an insider told Hollywood Life. "The event went off without a hitch, and it was a raging success. Bella was on a high the whole night. Abel [Tesfaye, The Weeknd's real name] sent her a gorgeous, huge bouquet of flowers along with a super sweet note telling her how amazing she is and how proud of her he is."
16th April 2018: Hang on a minute, have Bella and The Weeknd been spotted kissing at Coachella 2018? A source told US Weekly: "They were completely all over each other. They kissed a couple of times and Kylie and Kendall Jenner went over to their table for a bit as well."
11th May 2018: Bella and The Weeknd have been photographed kissing in Cannes, and it's glorious. When they reportedly smooched at Coachella, all we had was someone's word. Now we have actual physical evidence. All that smooching went down at the Magnum x Alexander Wang VIP Party on Thursday night, and a source told The Daily Mail that "Bella and The Weeknd only had eyes for each other in the VIP area of the party. They were both partying with their closest friends and The Weeknd looked very much 'part of the family'."
So, could things really be back on for these crazy cats?
June 2018 - Bella Hadid and The Weeknd just went Instagram official with their on-again relationship, sort of. The singer shared a black and white Instagram story of a woman holding sugar packet labeled "Sugar Daddy."
And thanks to some super sleuth work from Cosmopolitan US, we know those nails belong to Bella - just look at her hands from this Instagram post two days before.
27 July 2018 - This thing is officially back on the road, with The Weeknd and Bella Hadid taking the plunge to go "exclusive" and be together again. Sources told E! News in April that Bella "never really lost feeling for Abel and had hope they would eventually get back together", and that after "secretly seeing each other" these past few months, "things have been going really well. They have been inseparable and have been truly working with each other's schedules to make it work."
H/T Cosmopolitan UK