For the past week or so, pop icon Selena Gomez has been vacationing in Europe to celebrate her 30th birthday, and on Friday she shared a carousel of photos from her time in Italy with all of her besties. The photos heavily feature Gomez’s close bud, makeup artist Paulina Char. In some of the photos they’re wandering down an Italian street, in another pic Char holds a cake with a lit candle on a balcony, and there’s one where they are dancing in front of Rome’s Trevi Fountain.
Char also posted photos from the festivities, including a double of one of Gomez’s pics. There’s pics on a yacht in the blue waters off the coast and what looks like a little cooking class featuring some prosciutto.
In addition to Char, Gomez spent some significant time with her rumored love interest in Italy. Andrea Iervolino is a famous producer who Gomez has been friends with for some time and it has been speculated that they recently became more to each other. They were seen at her birthday party dancing together all night and standing close as they looked out on the scenery. Iervolino then accompanied Gomez on a boat ride a few days later, looking cozy and intimate under the summer sun.
Amidst all the fun, Gomez has had a lot of great work news as well this past week. Her mental health “fitness” company Wondermind just received $5 million in funding from Serena Ventures, the firm started by tennis champion Serena Williams.
In her post marking the occasion, Gomez wrote, “This is only the beginning for @officialwondermind and our mission to democratize and destigmatize mental health. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and I can’t wait for you all to see what’s coming next!”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.