Either the rumor mill is working overtime or Selena Gomez is dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik—and honestly, either scenario is completely believable.
Zelena rumors first went viral in March when an alleged restaurant hostess at a celeb-favored New York City restaurant took to TikTok after getting texts from another hostess that Gomez and Malik were getting hot and heavy while out to dinner. The sourcing was obviously sus, and even DeuxMoi, Instagram’s favorite gossip page, had doubts.
However, a source speaking to Entertainment Tonight recently backed up the TikTok creator’s claims—and you know what that means: It’s time for a complete timeline of Selena Gomez and Zayn Malik’s rumored relationship.
December 2010—March 2018: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber repeatedly date and break up for about eight years. We’re not going to get into everything that happened, but there’s one moment that specifically pertains to Malik…
August 14, 2016: During an off period in 2016, Gomez and Bieber reportedly get into an argument on Instagram over photos he shared with rumored girlfriend Sofia Richie. During their alleged spat in the comments, Gomez seemingly implies that Bieber “cheated multiple times” during their relationship. According to screenshots shared by Harper’s Bazaar, he responds, “I cheated.. oh I forgot about You and Zayn?”
At this time Malik is dating Gigi Hadid. Gomez allegedly responds to the comment, writing, “I’m done. I have Selenators to meet.”
October 2021: After having dated on and off since November 2015, Hadid and Malik call it quits just one year after welcoming their daughter, Khai.
May 15, 2022: Gomez says she’s “manifesting love” during her Saturday Night Live hosting debut. “I would like to say that I’m looking for my soulmate, but at this point, I will take anyone,” she jokes.