It’s a small world, especially when it comes to Hollywood, and A-listers tend to stick together. After all, no one understands the glare of the headlights like another celebrity. To prove this point, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner were all besties once. Though they rose to fame in different ways — Gomez rose to fame on Disney Channel and through her singing career, while fans were introduced to the Jenner sisters on reality TV — all three ladies quickly cemented themselves as icons. In 2016, Kendall and Gomez spent time together as part of Taylor Swift’s roster, according to Capital FM. However, Kendall no longer hangs out with Swift, but Gomez and Swift have remained good friends, according to Elle.
Then there’s Kylie. Us Weekly reported that as of 2014, Kylie and Gomez were close, posing in flower crowns at Coachella (like you do). At one point, Kylie even captioned an Instagram with Kendall and Gomez with “MY FAVORITE PEOPLE.” Despite wreaths of flowers and festive attire, Kylie, Kendall and Gomez fell out of touch somewhere along the way. In 2014, according to Us Weekly, Gomez made headlines by unfollowing both Jenners on Instagram. The “Love You Like A Love Song” singer is still unfollowed to this day, and neither are Kendall and Kylie. Aside from a rogue encounter between Kylie and Gomez at the 2018 Met Gala, the women don’t speak. So what went wrong? Allegedly, Gomez’s ex Justin Bieber was at the root of the trio’s falling out.
Justin Bieber stood between Selena Gomez and the Jenner sisters
According to Us Weekly, Selena Gomez unfollowed Kendall and Kylie Jenner on Instagram because of their behavior towards then-boyfriend Justin Bieber. A source told the outlet, “Selena said the Jenner girls were flirting with Justin and his crew. Hollywood Life confirmed that report (via the Daily Mail), explaining that Gomez “freaked out” when she found salacious texts between Kylie and Bieber on his phone. “Kylie sent Justin sexy pictures of herself and that started the fight. Selena saw the pics on Justin’s phone and freaked out,” a source revealed. By radar, Gomez wants “[ed] nothing to do with Kylie or Kendall,” who had already given her “bad vibes.”
At the time, Gomez was reportedly carving a straight and narrow path for himself via TMZ. This led to a renewed focus on her singing career. She also tried to eliminate “toxic influences” in her life, like the Jenner sisters. But in a plot twist, the Jenner sisters claimed so gomez was actually the toxic one that backed the Biebs’ account of his ex-girlfriend’s drug abuse. As SheKnows noted, the “Peaches” singer pointed the finger at Gomez for drinking and smoking, even calling her a “much heavier partygoer.” While it’s unclear who was telling the truth, it looks like Gomez ended her relationship with the Jenner sisters due to uncertainty about Bieber.
Where are Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner today?
Kylie Jenner was criticized for (allegedly) flirting with Justin Bieber over text, but for years rumors of a possible romance between Bieber and Kendall Jenner circulated. In April 2015, Kendall and Bieber posed for a Vogue Spring issue photoshoot, and fans thought they looked particularly cozy together. Then, in November, Bieber hinted that something might have been up with Kendall when he told a Billboard reporter that Kendall Jenner was “never serious.”
Sometime that year, Life & Style (via HollywoodLife) reported that Selena Gomez caught Kendall and Bieber in a compromising position. “After last April’s Coachella festival … Selena showed up at his house and got in bed with him and Kendall to fool around together,” a source said. Understandably, Gomez wanted nothing to do with Kendall after that. “Selena has been sending for months [Kendall] angry messages and insulted her,” the insider added. “She was really mean to Kendall, but who could blame her? She thought she was her friend.”
And Kendall and Gomez don’t seem to have buried the hatchet since. In 2021, Kendall wore the same pink dress her enemy previously wore in the “De Una Vez” music video. While comparison was natural, Kendall sparked controversy by sharing a post from @PopFaction that said she “pulled that dress off better than anyone else.” Was that a direct message to Gomez? Chances are, these ladies won’t be going to Coachella together anytime soon.