Selena Gomez has chosen to stay out of the public limelight for a few months, but it looks like the pop singer is back and ready to make a few headlines.
On Tuesday night, Selena was spotted by TMZ getting handsy (and mouthy) with The Weeknd outside of Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. While it’s unclear how long these two have been (*ahem*) eating Italian food together, there is very clearly some relationship-like canoodling going on in these photos.
There is the potential for some drama here, as The Weeknd’s ex, Bella Hadid, is the sister of one of Selena’s BFFs, Gigi. And while that is extremely convoluted and I don’t actually know how that “drama” would unfold, let’s just say that the potential for some feuding is definitely present.
At the very least, it might make for some awkward Taylor Swift #Squad meetings.
On Wednesday night, Selena followed up her surprising smooch session with a semi-scandalous photoshoot. Photographer Mert Alas posted (now removed) what appears to be a sneak-peek of an upcoming Selena photography project — a project which apparently involves very little clothing. In the photo, Selena wears little more than a thong and a strategically-placed towel, while Mert stands behind her and snaps a photo of their reflection in the mirror.
The photo is quite steamy, to say the least, and appears right as Gomez makes her return to Instagram after a three-month hiatus.
However, some fans are calling out Selena in the photo comments, saying that the sultry snapshot isn’t in keeping with the singer’s supposed values. Many commenters point back to Gomez’s acceptance speech for Pop Rock Female of the Year at the AMAs last year, in which she told viewers “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I wanna see what’s in here,” as she touched her heart.
To be fair, this photo isn’t on Selena’s Instagram. But even if it were, everybody should probably stop saying that Gomez is a hypocrite for encouraging young women to value their internal attributes more than their appearance, while simultaneously posing for a sexy photoshoot. One belief does not automatically cancel out the other, and being proud of your sexuality is quite different from placing your entire self-worth in your appearance .
Either way, it looks like we’ll be getting a bootylicious photo spread from Selena in the very near future, so if you dig this photo, you’re probably in luck — because I’m sure there’s more where that came from.
This story first appeared on Berry.