It was the Instagram pic that either crushed or fluttered a million hearts: Justin Bieber sharing a too-cute-for-words huddle with his on-again-off-again-on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez last weekend. Unlike a previous pic of the two, though, this time Bieber didn't delete the candid.
The latest missive from the celebrity couple spun the roulette wheel on their hot and cold relationship at a time when Gomez is in the midst of breaking free of her girlish pop past and Bieber is continuing his bumpy transition from chaste boy singer to male sex symbol.
Like Chris Brown and Rihanna, who continue to tease their fans with a stream of pics that have turned their relationship status into a daily parlor game that gets their names into headlines whether they have something to promote or not, Bieber and Gomez have mastered the art of keeping us guessing.
The only questions is: what, if any, good is it doing for their respective careers?
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton said the back-and-forth probably won't have much impact on their professional lives. "They are both incredibly successful and at this point the only thing that will impact their careers are hit songs or not hit songs," Hilton said, also pointing to Brown and Rihanna, whose ambiguous status has only increased their press coverage, without dampening their chart domination.
That said, Hilton cautioned that if anyone has something to lose in the deal it's Gomez. "I think it actually hurts her image right now because he's going through a difficult time and she has a cleaner image ...Read More →