Another Wednesday night just passed, and Jelena did not go on their usual church date during it, despite both Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez being in Los Angeles. But! The Biebs did go to church—without Gomez, sure, but not without a girl. A fan at the service shared a photograph of Bieber and a blonde she identified as his new fling Baskin Champion, sitting behind Bieber. Patrick Schwarzenegger, Bieber’s close friend and the boyfriend of Champion’s sister, Abby, was also there.
So was Hailey Baldwin, Bieber’s ex. That created a bit of fan drama, prompting Baldwin to leave a snarky comment on the churchgoer’s Instagram. The fan changed her caption but originally called Baldwin a hoe, then accused her of stalking Bieber just because they went to the same church. Jelena fans are intense like that, but Baldwin wasn’t having it. She appeared to cheekily write, “So interesting to leave a church service and speak this way about someone. Anyways, hope you enjoyed service and were able to get something out of it!! God bless :)” The user has since disabled comments so all that remains of Baldwin’s is a screenshot.
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Bieber was filmed arriving and leaving church alone, so paparazzi didn’t photograph him and Champion together there. It’s unclear at this point if they hung before or after. Champion and Bieber were first spotted out only a week ago, getting cuddly at a concert and later spending the night together. Champion, for what it’s worth, likely didn’t just go to church for the Biebs: in her Miss Alabama Teen USA video from 2014, she talked about her faith and how important it is for her to be “God-centered:”
E! reported last Friday that he and Champion definitely aren’t dating, just hanging. “Justin has been upset about the recent break from Selena and is trying to keep busy until they work things out,” a source told the outlet. “Justin was introduced to Baskin through his friend group and they have only hung out a few times. He has definitely been liking her company, but to say they are dating is a huge stretch. Justin isn’t trying to be serious with anyone but Selena.”
Gomez seemed to skip Holy Wednesday service entirely but was photographed earlier in the day wearing a cross necklace, a signal that while she and Bieber may no longer be a thing, her faith still is. As E! reported of Jelena’s break turned breakup earlier this week per a source, “Selena realized even though he’s made some positive improvements, they just aren’t a perfect match right now.”
Still, Good Friday and Easter Sunday remain. With these two and the ever-changing story in the tabloids about their relationship status, a sudden reconciliation may not be wholly out of the question during Holy Week.