HOW HE’S WIN­NING HER BACK

WHO - - News - By Melody Chiu and Ka­rina Machado. Re­ported by Pernilla Ce­den­heim

Justin Bieber and Se­lena Gomez re­heat their ro­mance.

Two years ago, she sang about “be­ing sick of the same old love,” but Se­lena Gomez isn’t liv­ing life by her lyrics. Since break­ing up with R&B artist The Weeknd, the singer has re­bounded with Justin Bieber— in­fa­mous to Gomez fans as the boyfriend who broke her heart. The cou­ple are spend­ing nearly ev­ery day to­gether, do­ing wholesome things like rid­ing their bikes, go­ing to ser­vices at the re­formed bad boy’s Hill­song Church and re­con­nect­ing over in­ti­mate meals. On Nov. 3, after they at­tended the 2017 con­fer­ence of the Aus­tralian-orig­i­nated church, the pop stars en­joyed a pri­vate din­ner at Mor­ton’s Steak­house in Los An­ge­les, ar­riv­ing at 10 PM and stay­ing un­til mid­night. Ac­cord­ing to an on­looker, Bieber, 23, ar­ranged for them to be seated after the restau­rant had closed so he and Gomez, 25, could have the place to them­selves. “They’re fig­ur­ing things out as they spend time to­gether,” an in­sider close to the pair tells WHO.

There’s a lot of bag­gage to sort through. Start­ing in 2010, the pair had a roller-coaster ro­mance that con­tin­ued for two more years after they split for the first time in 2012, amid cheat­ing ru­mours. In Au­gust 2016, the two

feuded on so­cial me­dia after Bieber hooked up with Sofia Richie, and they didn’t speak for a year. Ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources, Bieber was moved to reach out to his old flame in Septem­ber, after learn­ing she was re­cov­er­ing from a kid­ney trans­plant (Gomez suf­fers from lu­pus). Says a friend of the pop idol: “He was very wor­ried and is so re­lieved she’s do­ing well.”

While they’re en­joy­ing hang­ing out again, the pair are tak­ing things slowly. “Spend­ing time to­gether makes them both very happy,” says the friend. “For Justin, no-one ever came close to com­par­ing to Se­lena.” The rekin­dled friend­ship, how­ever, was not re­spon­si­ble for her split from The Weeknd (aka Abel Tes­faye), 27, sources pre­vi­ously told WHO. “It’s been hard with [The Weeknd] be­ing on tour and [Gomez] shoot­ing in New York. That wasn’t easy for them. It’s over for now, but they’re still in touch,” a source said. Two days after her break-up was an­nounced, Gomez was all smiles with Bieber dur­ing a leisurely bike ride in LA on Nov. 1. That evening, she cheered on her heart-throb ex at his ice-hockey game. Later, she wore Bieber’s New Jersey Devils jersey as she left the arena.

The ball is in Gomez’s court, sources agree, and Bieber is a happy man in the mean­time. “Justin is do­ing

great. Spend­ing all week with Se­lena is the dream week for him,” says a Bieber source. “He is try­ing to take things slowly, but it hasn’t re­ally worked. He is too ex­cited to spend time with her.” The star be­lieves he can af­ford to sit tight, says the source: “He is wait­ing for Se­lena to tell him that they are of­fi­cially back to­gether. He doesn’t feel any rush, be­cause no doubt they are al­ready emo­tion­ally back to­gether.”

Gomez’s in­ner cir­cle frets about her re­unit­ing with the con­tro­versy-prone Cana­dian, but no-one is sur­prised. “Justin was Se­lena’s first love. She’s never been able to get over him,” says the in­sider. Even dur­ing Bieber’s many le­gal scrapes, “she al­ways saw the best in him.”

When sparks first flew, Bieber and Gomez were teen stars on the rise. In 2010, Gomez broke Beliebers’ hearts around the globe when she was spot­ted hold­ing hands with him in Philadel­phia, though they down­played ro­mance ru­mours. In Fe­bru­ary 2011, the young stars stepped out pub­licly as a cou­ple for the first time at the Van­ity Fair Os­cars party, with Gomez telling Sev­en­teen mag­a­zine, “I don’t like hid­ing.” Bieber shared more openly: “She’s hot. Of course ev­ery guy likes the girl to be hot, which Se­lena is. But ... I like to be around peo­ple who make me laugh and share my sense of hu­mour. That’s Se­lena for sure,” he told WHO. “She is a re­ally great per­son and I think she has the best smile in the world.”

By Novem­ber 2012, they called it quits (strike one) but were spot­ted kiss­ing at an air­port days later. After two more angst-rid­den years, the on-off ro­mance stalled again, though ru­mours that they were still on per­sisted well into 2015. In Septem­ber of that year, Bieber re­flected on why their re­la­tion­ship fell apart: “We were so in love. Noth­ing else mat­tered. We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, peo­ple will al­ways dis­ap­point you,” he told Com­plex mag­a­zine. “I moved in with my girl­friend when I was 18. Started my own life with her. It was a mar­riage kind of thing. Liv­ing with a girl, it was just too much at that age ... When stuff would hap­pen, I would lose my freakin’ mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard be­cause we were so in­vested in each other.”

Now older and wiser, they’re set to try again. Aside from gain­ing back Gomez’s trust, Bieber is work­ing on win­ning over her loved ones. “Justin now seems ma­ture enough to re­alise Se­lena de­serves the best,” says the in­sider. “He will do any­thing to prove he can be a great boyfriend.” Gomez wants to give him that chance. “She’s al­ways held out hope that one day the tim­ing and cir­cum­stances would be right,” says the in­sider. “He will al­ways have a spe­cial place in her heart.”

“He will al­ways have a spe­cial place in her heart” —an in­sider

OLDER & WISER “They have so much to catch up on,” a source told WHO of Bieber and Gomez (hang­ing out in Los An­ge­les on Nov. 1). “They dealt with things sep­a­rately this year that made them dif­fer­ent peo­ple. It wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing if they got back to­geth

“Justin still needs to win her fam­ily over,” says a source of Gomez (in 2014). “He knows what he did wrong in the past.”

Fu­elling ru­mours at the Nick­elodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in March. Gomez (on Bieber’s In­sta­gram) re­leased the song “The Heart Wants What it Wants” after their ro­mance stalled again. Con­firm­ing their ro­mance at the Van­ity Fair Os­cars party in Fe­bru­ary. At the Teen Choice Awards in July, four months be­fore their first split. “Justin is cer­tainly a much bet­ter per­son,” says a source of Bieber (at break­fast with Gomez on Oct. 29). 2010 2014 2011 2012 2017

2009 Be­fore they dated, Bieber ser­e­naded Gomez on TV on New Year’s Eve.

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