Somehow the Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber discourse continues to dominate headlines and TikTok feeds in 2023.
Fans of the 30-year-old pop star and the 26-year-old model have been going to battle for their faves since 2018 when news broke that Justin Bieber had proposed to Hailey Baldwin just six months after his final breakup with Selena. For more on Justin and Selena’s history, you can click here.
What began as accusations that Hailey “stole” Justin from Gomez quickly spiraled out of control as social media users picked apart every post made by these grown women in search of proof of their feud or of Hailey Baldwin’s alleged obsession with Jelena. No matter what either woman did to shut down the online hate—including posing together at an event in October 2022—fans continued to speculate for years.
However, the drama between Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez reached a boiling point in February 2023 when Kylie Jenner seemingly joined the fray. Here’s a complete timeline of what went down on TikTok—and everything that came next.
February 22, 2023: Selena Gomez overtakes Kylie Jenner as the most followed woman on Instagram.
TikTok user @devotedly.yours then posts a theory that the 25-year-old reality star made fun of Selena Gomez on Instagram Stories with a little help from Hailey Beiber. Basically, three hours after Gomez posted a TikTok saying she’d accidentally overlaminated her eyebrows, Jenner posted a photo of her own face with text reading, “This was an accident???” She then posted a FaceTime screenshot with Beiber that focused on their eyebrows. The TikTok user claimed in her video that this was casting shade at Gomez. If this sounds stupid to you, trust that it felt just as cringe to type out.
“This is reaching,” Kylie replied to the video directly. “No shade towards Selena ever and I didn’t see her eyebrow posts! U guys are making something out of nothing. This is silly.”
February 23, 2023: Gomez enters the chat to shut down feud rumors. “It’s all unnecessary,” she replied to Jenner’s comment. “I’m a fan of Kylie!”