Looks like Abel had a right to be skeptical of Selena's ex. Just before reports announced that Selena Gomez and her boyfriend of 10-months Abel Tesfaye had split, the Wolves singer was spotted out on the town with her famed ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. The two had been spotted out 3 times the week that The Weeknd and Selena split, first at church, then Selena's home, then at a vegan brunch in California.
Although reports initially claimed that Abel was not phased by Selena and Justin's rekindling, as Selena deemed it friendly, apparently he did not trust Justin one bit.
The Weeknd and Justin Bieber sparred on social media when he was first publicly linked to Gomez as early as January 2017, however The Weeknd might have been shading Justin when he dropped 'Reminder' in November of 2016. Lyrics to the popular track read:
"I just won a new award for a kids show
Talking 'bout a face coming off a bag a blow
I'm like goddamn bitch I am not a Teen Choice
Goddamn bitch I am not a bleach boy."
The lyrics seem to be coming after Justin Bieber who frequently gets nominated for teen/young-adult award shows and had recently bleached his hair platinum blonde.
While the Scarborough native split publicly from Bella Hadid that same November, it's to be assumed the couple split a month or so prior in private, allowed The Weeknd ample time to pursue Gomez before they were spotted in January.
After Selena was spotted with Abel, Justin retorted on radio stations that their relationship "wouldn't last" and was a publicity stunt, like the singer's former relationship with Nick Jonas. During an Instagram live video on Justin's Instagram account, he was asked what his favourite song was. Justin replied, "Starboy" before cackling sarcastically.
A mere few weeks later, The Weeknd released 'Some Way' with Nav, whose lyrics undeniably pointed at Bieber: "I think your girl, think your girl fell in love with me, she say my f*ck and my d*ck game a remedy...I just took that chick, and I know you feeling some way." Many fans deemed that Abel won the cyber-war with the successful track.
While the drama between The Weeknd and Justin seemed to quiet down, a source reveals Abel was definitely not thrilled when the Canadian star reached out to Selena after her kidney transplant. And was even less enthused that the two were hanging out. "He trusted Selena, but he really didn’t trust Justin.'
Though TMZ reports that their relationship was fizzling towards the end of summer due to scheduling conflicts (The Weeknd was on tour, Selena was filming a movie in New York), it wasn't Selena, but Abel that pulled the plug on their relationship. Abel claimed that he had 'lost passion' in their relationship and didn't want to be tied down. He called her up and called things off, with out a lot of fight from Sel.
On the day that their breakup went public, he posted a simple selfie and hit up a Toronto night club to celebrate his new relationship status. Although, it could definitely be a front considering all the fans cheering on #Jelena.