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2017 is the year of celebrity couples getting back together

Everything old is new again

It seems like only yesterday we were collectively fawning over new 'It' couple of the moment, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd, as they exchanged cheek kisses at the Met Ball. Now, it's all a distant memory. But while we're on the topic of the past, here's another blast: Within days of the surprise breakup, Selena was seen frolicking and bike-riding in what appears to be complete and utter bliss with on-again, off-again ex-flame Justin Bieber.

Seemingly, they are not alone.

Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt are on. Again.

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Everytime you think Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt have ended things, new images of them being all cute together surface on the internet. The dating rumours began right after their debut film, Student Of The Year, and never really died down. The couple hasn't officially accepted or denied their break-up rumours, but their recent PDA moments and co-ordinated party outfits definitely state they're back together. 

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth and their fairytale reconciliation.

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Alexa Chung and Alex Turner who are reportedly back on, six years after breaking up.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham confirming they're dating again in a moody black and white Instagram post (naturally).

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The phenomenon of getting back together with an ex is nothing new in celebritydom. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's tumultuous relationship was the original poster child for ongoing relationship drama.

Even the royals aren't immune—Kate Middleton and Prince William broke up for three months before reconciling and ultimately getting married.

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What once garnered multiple eye-rolls and pained sighs, the act of getting back together with your ex is suddenly very on point—in fact, it's downright celebrated.

So what on earth is going on?

Is our love of nostalgia permeating from fashion trends and TV shows into our actual love lives? Or is it that young people—despite what dating app executives will tell you—don't actually subscribe to the idea that everyone is, when it boils down to it, replaceable...as much as once thought?

Whether this is just a series of coincidences or part of a larger shift in our attitudes towards relationships (surprisingly, although it is more acceptable to do so, divorce rates among millennials are actually going down) is still up for debate.

If anything, two old flames reuniting when they work in an industry filled with attractive, wealthy and charismatic people (where stars tend to move on very fast) is pretty endearing, and dare we say it...romantic.

One thing's for sure...everything old is new again—and apparently, that includes your ex.

From: ELLE UK