It was first reported that the pair were dating in 2015 after they were spotted together at Coachella, but they didn’t confirm their relationship until months later. When the singer — whose real name is Abel Tesfaye — was asked about the nature of his relationship with the model during an interview with Rolling Stone, he revealed that his initial “motive was literally to work with her.”
“It just kind of fell into my lap,” he told the publication about their relationship.
While they kept things mainly under wraps, the duo did spill some tea about their romance in various interviews. When reflecting on the 2016 Grammy Awards, Bella spoke candidly to Glamour about making their red carpet debut.
“It was a big night for him. He has worked so hard, and he did so well that night,” she gushed in August 2016. “As a girlfriend I wanted to be there to support him. Seeing him so happy when he won a Grammy made me so happy.”
The model continued, “I’m dating Abel. I don’t see him as The Weeknd. I’m proud of The Weeknd and the music he makes, but I really love Abel.”
After some tumultuous ups and downs, the two ultimately went their separate ways. However, there was no bad blood between them after their 2016 split.
“This is his second year performing, and I think he’s going to kill it. There is no awkwardness,” Bella told E! News in November of that year, in which The Weeknd performed on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway beside the model. “He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance.”
Following their love story, The Weeknd has written a bunch of songs about his ex. Now, J-14 has decided to take a walk down memory lane and break down Bella and The Weeknd’s relationship from start to finish, including the Selena Gomez drama. Scroll through our gallery for a complete timeline.
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