The Weeknd & Selena Gomez. Picture: Instagram

The Weeknd was reportedly "taken by" Selena Gomez when they both performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015.

The 26-year-old musician – who was previously in an 18-month relationship with model Bella Hadid – has reportedly been romancing the 'Hands To Myself' hitmaker since they were spotted locking lips outside a restaurant in Santa Monica earlier this month, but sources have now claimed there were "sparks" between the pair when they first met at the lingerie giant's annual fashion show.

An insider claimed: "There were sparks when they first met at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015.

"They both performed and The Weeknd was just taken by Selena."

The source also claims that whilst 24-year-old Selena thought the 'Starboy' singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – was "cute", she wasn't about to step on any toes when the hunk was in a relationship.

They added to HollywoodLife.com: "[Selena] thought he was cute, but he was in a relationship [with Bella Hadid]."

Despite not wanting to cause a stir at the time, sources have since claimed Selena "doesn't have any stipulations" about starting a relationship with the 'Can't Feel My Face' hitmaker now that he's single, as she's never been close to Bella or her sister Gigi Hadid.

A source said previously: "Selena is not good friends with either Gigi or Bella. She knows them through other people, but they are just acquaintances.

"She is friendly with them, but not friends with them ... Selena and Gigi were never fond of each other, so Selena definitely doesn't have any stipulations about hooking up with or dating Bella's ex."

Meanwhile, despite the pair splitting two months ago, 20-year-old Bella still has feelings for her ex.

An insider shared previously: "She is actually not over The Weeknd. She still loves him. They are on fine terms, but she is bitter about the romance with Selena.

"She was not happy when all of that gossip went everywhere between The Weeknd and Selena. It really hurt her seeing Selena be all up on her man. She still feels like they have a connection."

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