Oh, Justin Bieber, you incurable Canadian romantic. Why did you post and then immediately delete a photograph of you and former girlfriend Selena Gomez yesterday?
To the chagrin of young female Beliebers worldwide, the Canadian pop star quietly posted, and then deleted, a rather personal photograph of him posing with Gomez to his Instagram account on Wednesday.
In the stark black-and-white image, Gomez is shown cradling Bieber's head while looking directly into the camera.
And the Biebs' (temporary) caption for the photo: "Our love is unconditional."
All together now: awww.
Of course, this isn't the first time Bieber has gone onto Instagram to express his random affection for the former Wizards of Waverly Place star.
Three months back, out of the blue, Bieber posted a picture of Gomez taken at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party in Hollywood to Instagram, along with the caption, "Most elegant princess in the world."
To briefly recap the couple's sporadic romantic history, Gomez and Bieber began dating in early 2011 but allegedly pulled the plug on their relationship last fall.
Since then, the former couple have kept their distance from each other, though they were spotted together at the Coachella Festival in April.
According to Bieber's rep, he was at the music festival to show support for fellow musical artist Jhené Aiko.
But yesterday's Instagram overture by Bieber – which he deleted within an hour of posting – seems to run contrary to his more recent romantic escapades.
Just two weeks ago, the Internet ran white-hot with reports that Bieber was canoodling with newly single supermodel Adriana Lima at the Cannes Film Festival. An unnamed source told Us Weekly: "Justin pursued her hard."
It's worth noting that one day after stories of the alleged Bieber-Lima hookup went public, Gomez went on Instagram to post a picture of her posing in a bikini accompanied by the caption: "Taking my power back."
So there you have it: Two attractive, successful and seemingly star-crossed youngsters being kept apart by their mega-celebrity status.
And one last thing, Justin: The next time you want to reach out to your princess, you might want to just send flowers instead.
TAKIN' A BREAK
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