Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Fuel Reconciliation Rumors with a Bike Ride Days After Her Split from the Weeknd
The former flames, who dated on-and-off from 2011 to 2015, were all smiles as they peddled around Los Angeles—he in a sporty red skater hoodie, she in a classic grey sweater.
The ride marks the third time that Gomez and Bieber have been seen together since her breakup with the R&B star born Abel Tesfaye was revealed on Monday, but sources tell PEOPLE that their rekindled friendship was not responsible for the split.
“She and Abel have been going back and forth for a few months about their relationship,” the insider previously said of the couple, who dated for 10 months. “It’s been hard with him being on tour and her shooting in New York. That wasn’t easy on them. It’s over for now, but they’re still in touch.” (And in fact, she’s still wearing Tesfaye’s sweatshirt.)
Bieber, 23, and Gomez, 25, went through a period of estrangement following an Instagram spat last summer after Bieber flaunted his new relationship with Sofia Richie on Instagram. But according to multiple sources, Bieber reached out to the “Wolves” singer after learning about her kidney transplant.
Though they had their differences in the past, Bieber is apparently hoping it’s not too late to say “Sorry.” An insider close to the pair previously told PEOPLE that “Justin is happy Selena is single. He hopes to regain her trust so they can get back together.”
Though nothing is official yet, Bieber is apparently determined to win back her heart. “They have so much to catch up on,” says the source. “They dealt with things separately this year that made them different people. It wouldn’t be surprising if they got back together.”
While they couldn’t make it work before, the source believes that the time apart helped them grow into more supportive partners. “It seems their relationship now is very different. Justin is certainly a much better person. He would be a better boyfriend, too.”