Once again, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez made sure to steal away for some quality time while a party raged around them.
E! News has learned that the still awfully adorable duo arrived together and were seen holding hands backstage at KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball in Los Angeles before Bieber—the two-night extravaganza’s designated closing act—was scheduled to go onstage at the Nokia Theatre.
“I see a lot a girls out there and I just want to know how many of you are single?” Bieber, who opened his set with “All Around the World,” tantalized the adoring audience when he finally hit the stage around 10:15 p.m. He also hiked up his T-shirt to flash the top of his boxers during “Baby,” that little rascal.
Due up before the “Boyfriend” singer?
That would be Ke$ha, the brazen pop star who joked to Rolling Stone that she wouldn’t mind bedding Bieber after a round of putt-putt golf and other teen-friendly activities.
Other acts slated for tonight who probably don’t annoy Gomez as much as Ke$ha includedPsy, fun., Flo Rida, The Wanted and Afrojack.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have gone their separate ways.
They broke up about a week ago, a source exclusively tells E! News.
“Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship,” the source says.
Rumors that the adorable twosome had split started gaining traction in the last couple of weeks, but hit a high note just last night when Bieber, 18, was spotted seeing The Lion King on Broadway with a group of people that included 19-year-old Victoria’s Secret modelBarbara Palvin.
Gomez, 20, and the Biebs went public with their romance in February 2011 when they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party together.
“I am happy,” she told us a few months later about their romance. “I’m really happy.”
No surprise, but many rabid Bieber fans have had it in for Gomez since day one, frequently attacking her via the Internet.
“It hurts, it really does,” she once told Z100 radio in NYC. “I don’t feel like I’m doing anything wrong. I’ve been best friends with him for a very long time. It does hurt my feelings a lot, but I try not to focus on it.”
Here’s hoping they can still be friends.
Maybe the Spice Girls were right when they said friendship never ends.
Melanie Chisholm had a little extra support in the audience last night when Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell turned up to watch her in Jesus Christ Superstar, her final performance in London before the show moves on to the United States and Australia next year.
“so excited to see Melanie with Jesus tonight@MelanieCmusic @EmmaBunton x,” Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice), tweeted before the show, in which Mel C plays Mary Magdalene.
And Bunton tweeted afterward: “I am so unbelievably proud of my gorgeous friend @MelanieCmusic she was fantastic!!!” Baby Spice also joined Spices Sporty and Ginger for the afterparty at the Hilton London Wembley.
Melanie Brown, who’s in Australia judging the Down Under version of The X Factor, also sent her regards, to which Buntontweeted: “@OfficialMelB: @EmmaBunton@melaniecmusic me too wish I was there with you” Missed you!”
All five Spice Girls reunited for a one-off performance at the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony in August.