Selena Gomez and The Weeknd spotted kissing

The "Starboy" singer called it quits with Bella Hadid in November.

By Annie Martin
Selena Gomez at the American Music Awards on November 20, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Music superstars Selena Gomez and The Weeknd appear to have a budding romance.

The 24-year-old American singer and 26-year-old Canadian star got close Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., following The Weeknd's split from model Bella Hadid.


Gomez and The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, were spotted making out outside Giorgio Baldi restaurant, according to TMZ. The "Hands to Myself" singer was all smiles as she put her arms around The Weeknd and pulled him in for a kiss.

The new romance may cause awkwardness for Gomez, who is close friends with Hadid's sister, Gigi Hadid. The Weeknd and Hadid called it quits in November after nearly two years of dating.

"Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his alum," a source told People at the time. "They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends."

Gomez famously had a longtime on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber, but split from the "Sorry" singer again in 2014. She said in an Instagram Live video this week that she's focused on her friends and other important people in 2017.


"I would say the biggest lesson that I've been learning since 2016 would definitely be awareness," the star said. "I think it's really important to be aware of, like, the people that you're surrounding yourself with, the people that are purposefully the ones you are spending time with."

Gomez last released the album Revival in 2015, while The Weeknd released Starboy in November.

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