It seemed like a nice idea. Last fall, an older and supposedly more mature Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber rekindled their childhood romance following her kidney transplant surgery and his reported efforts to re-focus on his faith.
But happily ever after? Apparently not, with reports coming in that the pop lovebirds are taking a break — and possibly for good.
“They’re supposedly taking a break,” a source told Page Six. “She has trust issues. He has trust issues. There’s a lot going on there. They do this all the time. They get into arguments.”
Another source added to People that their “break” has nothing to do with Gomez’ mom, Mandy Teefey, who has made it clear she didn’t approve of her 25-year-old daughter getting back together with Bieber, who just turned 24.
“They’re not on a break because of her relationship with her mom,” a source said about the couple. “They have their own issues and are always on and off. She wouldn’t base her relationship off of what her mom thinks.”
Earlier this year, Teefey told People she was “not happy” about the rekindled romance, but added that “Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”
Reports started circulating in the fall that Gomez and Bieber had mended fences. The “Wolves” singer had also recently split from The Weeknd. Gomez and Bieber dated on and off from 2011 to 2014.
“(Selena) is someone I love dearly,” Bieber told Access Hollywood in 2015. “I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her. … We always respected each other and we still respect each other.”
Gomez underwent a kidney transplant earlier this year due to complications of lupus. Beieber reportedly offered his ex-girlfriend a shoulder to lean on. Over the next few months, the two often were seen together at church, or hanging out around Los Angeles.
“Justin and Selena recently started speaking,” a source told Us Weekly in October. “It’s because of the same church they go to. The community there is pretty tight-knit and Justin and Selena have a lot of mutual friends who brought them back together. They realized it was time to grow past their history and move on. They’re grown up a lot in the past couple of years and are mature about the situation.”
Still, Gomez and Bieber never publicly defined themselves as a couple again.
Also, no one is ruling out the possibility that they could get back together in the future. In fact, the couple celebrated Bieber’s 24th birthday last week, and Gomez sent him birthday wishes via Instagram, People reported.
“They’ve been having disagreements, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re back together in a week,’ a source told People.