Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are getting married for the second time tonight in South Carolina Monday in front of celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry, and Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott. Bieber’s on-off ex Selena Gomez hasn’t been seen there, unsurprisingly—in part because the two didn’t become friends after their last breakup in March 2018.
And if they’re amicable and talking in private, they’ve given no public sign of it. Gomez has been silent about Bieber; Bieber has said a little about Gomez (including he still loves her but that he chose Baldwin as his bride and is happy with her); and sources have talked a bit about both parties.
Here, a guide to what happened to Jelena after Jailey put a ring on it.
Why Selena Isn’t at Justin’s Wedding
Bieber feelings aside, Gomez seems to be physically pretty far away from her ex’s South Carolina multi-day celebration. Gomez was last seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday; she attended Lauren Daigle’s concert. Gomez posted a video of it on her Instagram on Saturday.
The singer has not posted anything on her social media today, although that’s to be expected: She keeps a low-profile generally and has kept silent on Bieber since their breakup.
How Selena Feels About Justin and Hailey
Gomez has said nothing about Bieber and Baldwin in interviews or on her social media directly—not when they got engaged, not when they got married last September, and not now, a year after all that went down. But she did make one subtle statement on her Instagram this June.
The last thing Gomez posted about Bieber on the platform was her birthday tribute to him on March 1, 2018. They were dating then, and it was the only Instagram confirmation she gave at all of their final fall union (they were together from October 2017 to March 2018).
Their break-turned-breakup was reported shortly after. Gomez left her only Bieber post on her Instagram until early June this year. She quietly deleted it then; fans noticed; and people saw it as her clearest statement on Bieber since his marriage to Baldwin. Gomez wanted no trace of him on her Instagram; off the grid, out of her life.
Sources have said a little more about Gomez’s feelings about Jailey.
Us Weekly reported last September that Gomez did have some trouble initially taking in the news that Baldwin and Bieber tied the knot in a New York City courthouse that month. That’s understandable, given the timeline: She and Bieber took a break that became a breakup in March 2018; Bieber and Baldwin started dating in June 2018 and were married in September.
A source said their wedding was a “tough pill” for Gomez to swallow initially, “it wasn’t enough to break her.”
When Baldwin and Bieber initially got engaged, a bunch of sources talked to tabloids, making it clear that Gomez was unbothered by Baldwin and Bieber’s engagement and wished them well. “Selena knows that Justin makes rash decisions but wishes them both the best,” a source told E! at the time. “She is truly focused on herself and Justin is no longer a topic of conversation in her life.”
Entertainment Tonight reported in August 2018 that Gomez’s friends weren’t huge fans of Bieber. “Selena is such a catch, and her friends want her to be with someone who’s worthy of her. They really didn’t like Justin and her together,” its source said. “He didn’t appreciate what he had in her.” The source added that Gomez “still has no negative thoughts or feelings” about Bieber and Baldwin’s engagement and that “she wants nothing but happiness for them.”
Gomez is single now, but a source told E! in July 2019 that she is “open to start putting herself out there again. She is taking everything day by day and focusing on herself and her music.” Gomez generally “is doing amazing,” the source said.
Justin Still Talked About Selena Until April This Year
While Gomez didn’t say anything about Bieber and Baldwin, Bieber made headlines for talking about Selena Gomez twice this spring. The Biebs was responding to Jelena fans harassing his wife each time.
In April, Bieber explained why Selena Gomez was in his Google search history when he was making fun of a publication running Jailey breakup rumors. Fans started speculating he was deliberately looking her up.
He wrote, “that video of Selena singing Taki Taki came up after my wife and I watched my Coachella performance. Obviously she’s gonna be in the related category, it [literally] was the next video that played.. to fans and people who think I’m maliciously trying to start shit grow up.”
A month before that, Bieber said the most he has about Gomez—and how he still loved her—in a lengthy Instagram comment addressed to fans in denial that he moved on with Baldwin. He wrote, “I absolutely loved and love Selena she will always hold a place in my heart, but I am head over heels in love with my wife and she is absolutely the BEST THING that has ever happened to me period….This is a reply to all immature sick people who send Hailey hurtful messages like ‘ he always goes back to Selena’ or ‘Selena is better for him’ YOU HAVE NO IDEA MY LIFE AND WHATs good for me. Hailey is my Bride period if you don’t like that or support that that means you don’t support me and if you don’t support me your not a fan nor a good person.”
In October 2018, People reported that Bieber still had feelings for Gomez. “He is not over Selena,” a Miami music source said then. “This was his first great love and while he was young and traveling around the world as a superstar, he learned a great deal from her.” When Gomez was hospitalized for low white blood cell count twice last fall, Bieber was extremely upset, the source added. “He feels like she is part of his life and he wants her to be happy and healthy.” (Gomez has since recovered and got treatment for her mental health after. She spoke earlier this month about her journey: “I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work that I am happier, I am healthier, and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I’ve ever been, so I’m very happy about that.”)
Time changed things a little. On March 1, 2019, a source told Us Weekly that Bieber was purposely keeping his distance from Gomez for Baldwin. “Justin has stayed away from Selena to be loyal to Hailey,” a source said, adding that Jelena “haven’t talked recently.”
Sources have made it clear over the months since that Bieber and Baldwin are very happy together. There’s been no Selena Gomez talk in outlets.
People was told by a source yesterday that the two are mad about each other. “Despite some hard days, they really are two kids who are crazy in love,” the source said.
Hailey Has Shown Support for Selena…Accidentally and Deliberately
Baldwin once was a huge Jelena fan and tweeted multiple times about how much she liked Gomez in 2011 through 2013. Oh No They Didn’t took screenshots of some of her old tweets, which included messages like “Selena Gomez is so cute. Don’t argue. Bye.” and “I’m for sure 100% team #Jelena.”
In November 2018, Baldwin made headlines for following then unfollowing a Selena Gomez fan account, @houseofsel. She apologized to the owner of the account in a DM, calling it an accidental follow and writing that she was “so sorry!”
And last week, Baldwin liked a photo of Gomez with her four close friends. Raquelle Stevens shared it to promote the girls’ Giving Back Generation episode. Baldwin hasn’t unliked that post, even after her support of Gomez made headlines.