The above photo was taken all the way back in 2011, and represents happier times in The Ballad of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Since then, the pop stars have rekindled and then extinguished their flame on several occasions, traded veiled barbs through the press, and shacked up with a revolving door of significant others.
The latest chapter in one of the most tumultuous on-again-off-again relationships of our generation is a most unexpected one. On Saturday, Bieber and Gomez premiered a new song called “Strong” on OVOSOUND Radio, a velvety guitar-laced ballad in which the two trade verses detailing the inner-workings of a long distance relationship. Let the speculation begin.
“Strong” is expected to appear on Bieber’s upcoming album Purpose, which drops November 13. Listen below.