While Bella Hadid and The Weeknd (AKA Abel Tesfaye) are currently going strong and parading their love around the world and the internet, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, the famous couple has been teasing us with their will-they-won’t-they relationship for over three years! Need a refresher on their complicated relationship? Here’s everything you need to know about Bella and Abel’s love affair.

April 2015: Hadid & The Weeknd Start Dating Between Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande, the Tatums, and Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff, it’s been a tough year for celebrity breakups. So when a couple who’s previously called it quits decides to give love a second shot, that’s reason for celebration. Bella Hadid and The Weeknd’s relationship timeline is a shining example of just that. According to E!, the singer and supermodel got back together in April 2018 after splitting in 2016. And since Hadid is walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Sunday, it may be helpful to have all the backstory laid out. A lot has happened between these two.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is known for his Michael Jackson-like range and gravity-defying dreads, while Hadid is the younger sister of fellow model Gigi Hadid. The couple first started dating in 2015, officially broke up roughly a year later for a pretty undramatic reason (spoiler: they were just too busy working), went their separate ways for a while, and then eventually found their way back to each other. Now, they seem to be going strong.

But you probably already know all that, right? You’re looking for a more detailed breakdown? OK, OK. Here’s what you came for.

April 2015: Hadid & The Weeknd Start Dating

According to a cover story The Weeknd did with Rolling Stone, the couple started dating in April 2015. “I actually asked her to be on the artwork for Beauty Behind the Madness,” the singer said, referring to his third album, which came out that year. “My motive was literally to work with her.” However, when the model declined, he told the magazine that he responded, “All right, cool — we can meet up face-to-face.”

May 2015: The Couple’s Relationship Is Officially Announced

According to E! News, Bella and The Weeknd are officially together! Hadid is 18 at the time, while The Weeknd is 25.  E!’s sources said the two, “were hanging out at Coachella and were flirting lots. They have many things in common and really enjoyed each other’s company. She loves his music as well. They are hanging out for sure now.”

While Bella and Abel have known each other awhile, according to E! they “really clicked” at the music festival.

October 9, 2015: The Weeknd celebrates Bella’s 19th birthday

The Weeknd celebrates Bella’s 19th birthday by getting her a Yorkie puppy!

 

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My new baby Hendrix ……I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3

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The partying continued in NYC with Gigi Hadid and her then-boyfriend, Joe Jonas. They later join mom, Yolanda Hadid for dinner and cake

 

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❤️Perfect ending to a perfect day with our birthday girl @bellahadid xoxo #WishesDoComeTrue

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December 2015: Hadid Appears In The Weeknd’s Music Video

The Weeknd’s newest music video for his song “In The Night” stars, none other than, his gf, Bella Hadid.

Hadid stars in The Weeknd’s trippy, gory video for “In the Night,” in which she plays a stripper. In the end, she rescues him from a group of mobsters, and they speed away on a motorbike. Tarantino would likely approve.

Bella plays a stripper who apparently has caught Abel’s eye. There are also a lot of unexplained images like those of guns, roses, and iguanas, though we’re not sure how that pertains to the song. All that matters is that, in the end, Bella and Abel escape together on a motorcycle.

The video also includes a few shots of Bella bathing in a bath of roses, which created this adorable insta.

 

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December 2015: The Couple Break Up for the First Time

 

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Merry Christmas from us :)

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According to E! News, the couple decide to take a break. “Their schedules got very busy and it really cut into [their] relationship,” an unnamed source told the outlet at the time. “They are still in each other’s lives though, just not in the same exclusive capacity.”

Feb. 15, 2016: They Attend the Grammys Together

 

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This is YOUR day baby! I’m so proud of you ❤️I feel so lucky to be by your side 👑

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The Weeknd and Bella make their red carpet debut at the 2016 Grammys and they look amazing in their matching sleek black outfits!

Bella later talked to Glamour about the night, saying, “It was a big night for him. He has worked so hard, and he did so well that night. As a girlfriend I wanted to be there to support him. Seeing him so happy when he won a Grammy made me so happy.”

October 9, 2016:

For the second year in a row, Bella celebrates her birthday with Abel. This time they snap this super cute pic:

 

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November 11, 2016 : The Couple Calls It Quits Again

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd have broken up, this time for real. According to People, “Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album. They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends.”A source tells the outlet that the pair are still in love but needed a breather.

Nov. 30, 2016: The Weeknd Performs At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Less than a month after breaking up, Bella and The Weeknd reconnected on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway of all places. The singer performed for the audience as the model walked down the runway in a gorgeous look. The encounter resulted in some hilarious, yet also heartbreaking, photos.

Later, Bella Instagrammed a pic from the event, choosing one where Abel is very much visible. She even caption the photo saying, “Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always😍❤️.”

Jan 11, 2017: The Weeknd Attends The Met Gala With Selena Gomez

The Weeknd is spotted kissing Selena Gomez in Santa Monica. Following the news, Bella unfollows Selena on Instagram.

A few days later, Bella posts this photo on Instagram.

 

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During the couple’s nearly two-year hiatus, Tesfaye starts dating Selena Gomez. They attend the Met Gala together, sharing some affectionate moments on the red carpet. The two singers were first seen together in January 2015 and broke up in October, according to People.

April 2018: Hadid & The Weeknd Are Seen Kissing At Coachella

 

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Bella and The Weeknd were spotted making out at Coachella, as well as that night at a club. According to People, “The Weeknd and Bella were sitting on each other’s laps and all over each other all night long. They definitely looked like they were fully back together.”
The model later denied the makeout sesh, commenting on E! News‘ Instagram, “it wasn’t me.

Hadid and The Weeknd kissing at the California-based music festival. “However, a source close to The Weeknd tells People that the couple aren’t back together, and Hadid denies that it was her on Instagram, per the Instagram account @CommentsbyCelebs. That said, they’re seen smooching at Cannes a month later, per People, and rumors begin swirling that the Hadid and the “Starboy” singer have reunited.

Oct. 9, 2018: The Pair Celebrates Hadid’s Birthday Together

The Weeknd posted the sweetest group of photos in celebration of Bella’s 22nd birthday.

 

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happy birthday Angel 🖤❤️

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The Weeknd posts a heartfelt birthday tribute to Hadid with the caption, “Happy birthday Angel.” The model reciprocates a few days later with her own Instagram post, saying in part, “Thank u to my baby, my beautiful family and friends for making this surprise so special. This was the best day ever( EVER).”

Oct. 31 2018: They Dress Up As Lydia Deetz & Beetlejuice for Halloween

The couple channels the late ’80s for Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party, per Vogue, dressing up as Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton’s characters from Beetlejuice. Page Six reports that Hadid’s outfit includes a Sylvio NYC gown and a $7,200 snake ring from Colette Jewelry.

Late Oct. 2018: The Couple Reportedly Move In Together

 

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The New York Post reports that the couple are renting a penthouse in Tribeca, valued at $60,000 per month, where Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, and Meg Ryan are also rumored to live.

Nov. 8, 2018: Hadid Walks in the 2018 Fashion Show — With Her Beau Cheering Her On

 

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“ YOURE GONNA GET ME IN TROUBLE OUT HERE GUYS” .. LMAOO THE WAY HE THREW IT 💀💀

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Since the VS Fashion Show actually took place on Nov. 8 before airing this Sunday, we already know the gist of what happened. According to Harper’s Bazaar, The Weeknd attended and sat front row with Hadid’s mom, Yolanda.

So, when viewers tune into the show on Sunday night, they can rest assured that The Weeknd is just off-screen, cheering on his girlfriend as she does her thing on the catwalk.

November 24, 2018: Bella Hadid and The Weeknd took a big step in their relationship over Thanksgiving weekend

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd took a big step in their relationship over Thanksgiving weekend. No, Abel didn’t just meet the Hadids (been there, done that), but he was introduced to some of Bella’s extended family! The couple traveled to Abu Dhabi together for Abel’s show, and Bella took her cousin and nieces to see the performance, introducing them to her BF.

“Truly such a special night 🖤,” Bella captioned her Instagram, which showed off pics of her nieces meeting the singer. “I only get to see my beautiful cousin Reema and nieces Salma & Aya when I’m in Dubai, and they drove up for the show in Abu Dhabi😩🖤 made my whole year, I feel so lucky! 🖤Such a great show baby in one of my favorite places in the 🌍.”

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