Selena Gomez hasn’t been what you’d call secretive about her romance with The Weeknd, but it looks like she’s been taking her cues from Taylor Swift’s lowkey relationship with Joe Alwyn.
We all know that Selena and The Weeknd are dating, but we don’t see their everyday activities or feel like we’re their third wheel, no matter how many of Selena’s social media accounts we follow. (All of them, to be clear)
So this pic that Selena shared of the two of them out on a dinner date is a rare item.
Selena and The Weeknd went Instagram official back in April, but even on that photo-sharing site, Selena’s been very cautious to avoid over-sharing.
It’s not that Selena’s afraid or shy — she’s a singer and actress who’s up front about her battle with lupus and who downs shots of ginger on a daily basis, even though most people would find that agonizing.
(But, hey, when you’ve gone through chemo to treat your life-threatening condition, what’s a little shot of ginger? She’s such a badass and we love her)
They both work in the entertainment industry — and, very specifically, in music — so they have plenty in common.
Also, the The Weeknd is relatively lowkey as far as men in music go, which is perfect for Selena, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
First, here’s the pic:
It’s not exactly an informative photo, but it’s nice to see.
The Weeknd (his real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, so we don’t think that Selena calls him “The” on their dates, folks) is staring off, either at something or perhaps he’s just lost in thought.
We’ve all been there, right?
We’re not sure who actually took this photo, but Selena’s contentedly looking into the camera. Even though the light washes her out, she decided to share the snap.
And we’re glad that she did.
Selena’s appeal is obvious.
She’s overpoweringly gorgeous (The Weeknd is a lucky dude), she’s a talented actress, and she’s produces some of the greatest music in the history of the world.
(Seriously — with “Naturally,” humanity has peaked, musically speaking. I literally cannot imagine a better song)
Part of what we imagine is a majorly appealing point about The Weeknd for Selena is that, despite his fame, he has this laid back image.
For years, Selena Gomez was dating Justin Bieber — a guy notorious for being a hothead and for incident after incident of terrible behavior.
And mind you, that was before Justin Bieber’s penis was hanging out left and right.
The Weeknd isn’t a random non-celebrity who’d experience culture shock upon being catapulted to stardom by dating Selena.
But he’s also never come across as an egomaniacal douchebag.
He sounds like a perfect fit.
Just like with Selena Gomez’s bff Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, the key the happiness for this couple seems to be a relative amount of privacy.
Selena’s not, like, donning disguises Atomic Blonde style, but Selena isn’t nearly as controversial as her bestie. She’s even spoken about him occasionally in interviews.
Recently, Selena Gomez said that The Weeknd is more like her best friend, which is great but also sad.
It’s great because that’s the sign of a healthy relationship.
It’s sad because you can’t help but get the impression that Selena may not have had that with any past relationships.
That girl deserves the world.