Since the news broke about Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s surprise engagement, fans have kept a close eye on Selena Gomez, who dated Bieber on and off for years. You couldn’t tell by looking at the weekend she spent lounging in the sun aboard a yacht after the announcement. It’s no surprise, then, that she seemed to carry on as normal when she celebrated her 26th birthday on Saturday. (Especially considering that she skipped out on Bieber’s most recent birthday when they were still together earlier this year, abstaining from “hooting and hollering” on go-karts with Bieber and his pastor friends.)
Naturally, then, she celebrated her 26th this weekend aboard another yacht—this time, bringing along even more company and plenty of pasta for what seemed to be some Italian-themed festivities. (While Gomez refrained from posting any snapshots, one of her friends posted Polaroids that read “Buon Compleanno” rather than “Happy Birthday,” and her assistant Theresa Mingus posted scenes of a sunset taken in from on the water, plus a buffet table filled with pretty much every type of pasta you can imagine.)
The night before, her pal and fellow singer Grace VanderWaal treated Gomez to a surprise party safely away from the public eye, backstage before VanderWaal opened for Imagine Dragons at the Forum, which Gomez and her crew naturally stuck around for. Instead of alcohol, they topped off the usual green room fare of Evian water, NutriGrain, and fruit plates with pizza and cupcakes that spelled out “Happy Birthday Selena.”
Meanwhile, on the East Coast, where she was performing for two hours in the rain, Taylor Swift played her signature role of ultra-domestic BFF and found time to make Gomez a long-distance celebratory cake—or at least to decorate one with the number 26 and the all-caps phrase “GOMEZ OR GO HOME,” which she declared from way off in New Jersey.
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Selena Gomez, born July 22nd, photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2016.
Lana Del Rey, born June 21st, photographed by Jacob Sutton for W Magazine, January 2012.
Gisele Bundchen, born July 20th, photographed by Michael Thompson for W Magazine, June 2005.
Meryl Streep, born June 22nd, photographed by Michael Thompson for W Magazine, May 2006.
Will Ferrell, born July 16th, photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2014.
Mindy Kaling, born June 24th, photographed by Pari Dukovic for W Magazine, August 2015.
Tobey Maguire, born June 27th, photographed by Tierney Gearon for W magazine, February 2007.
Lindsay Lohan, born July 2nd, photographed by Brigitte Lacombe for W Magazine, January 2018.
Margot Robbie, born July 2nd, photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2019.
Tom Cruise, born July 3rd, photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2013.
Benedict Cumberbatch, born July 19th, photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.
Camila Mendes, born June 29th, photographed by Heather Hazzan for W Magazine, June 2018.
Joel Edgerton, born June 23rd, photographed by Craig McDean for W Magazine, February 2017.
Diane Kruger, born July 15th, photographed by Santiago and Mauricio for W Magazine, October 2012.
Liv Tyler, born July 1st, photographed by Vanina Sorrenti for W Magazine, August 2016.
Topher Grace , born July 12th, photographed by Sian Kennedy for W Magazine, January 2005.
Olivia Munn, born July 3rd, photographed by David Slijper for W Magazine, September 2014.
Tom Hanks, born July 9th, photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, Best Performances 2018.
Eva Green, born July 6th, photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, August 2016.
Priyanka Chopra, born July 18th, photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, October 2016.
Willem Dafoe, born July 22nd, photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2019.