Wyoming Man Andy Sandness Gets ‘Miracle’ Face Transplant 10 Years After Attempting Suicide

His doctor called it a ‘miracle,’ but for Andy Sandness, a face transplant gave him his life back, 10 years after he’d tried to end it all.

The Wyoming man, 31, received a face transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota last June in a 56-hour operation, according to the Associated Press.

When he was finally allowed to see his new face, three weeks after the surgery, he wrote four words in a spiral notebook and handed it to his doctor Samir Mardini. “Far exceeded my expectations,” Sandness wrote.

Sandness lost the lower half of his face, including his nose, mouth and jaw after a failed suicide attempt two days before Christmas in 2006.

Then 21 years old, he had been “super, super depressed” when he grabbed a rifle from a closet, put the barrel under his chin and pulled the trigger. He instantly regretted it, and when police arrived, he begged, “Please, please don’t let me die! I don’t want to die!”

He was eventually transferred to the Mayo Clinic, where he met Dr. Mardini, a plastic surgeon who specialized in facial reconstruction.

Sandness underwent eight surgeries over four and a half months to rebuild his face, using bone, muscle and skin from his hip and leg.

He eventually returned home to Newcastle, Wyoming, and tried to pick up the pieces of his life, but seldom ventured out apart from working at a lodge, in the oil fields and as an electrician’s apprentice.

Because his mouth was about an inch wide, too small for a spoon, he was forced to tear food into small pieces and suck on them till he could swallow them. He also had to paint his prosthetic nose to match his skin, and it constantly fell off outdoors, so he carried glue to stick it back on.

“Those were real tough times for him,” his father, Reed, told the Associated Press.

In 2012 Sandness was told that the Mayo Clinic was launching a face transplant program, and he was extremely eager to be a candidate for the surgery.

“When you look like I looked and you function like I functioned, every little bit of hope that you have, you just jump on it,” he told the AP, “and this was the surgery that was going to take me back to normal.”

After undergoing psychiatric and social work evaluation, he was accepted for the program, and in January 2016, his name was added to the waiting list for the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Sandness had been warned that it could take up to five years to find the right donor — but just five months later, a match was found.

The donor was Calen “Rudy” Ross, a 21-year-old man from Fulda, Minnesota, who’d fatally shot himself in the head. His wife, Lilly, 19, who was eight months pregnant with a baby boy, carried out her husband’s wishes to be an organ donor.

“There was not a second of doubt that everything was going to go well,” Sandness said.

A team of 60 surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists worked together on the 56-hour surgery, which began shortly before midnight Friday and ended early Monday morning.

After the surgery ended Dr. Mardini proclaimed it “a miracle.”

Sandness was overwhelmed when he was finally given a mirror to look at his face.

“Once you lose something that you’ve had forever, you know what it’s like not to have it,” he said. “And once you get a second chance to have it back, you never forget it.”

Lilly Ross has seen photos of Sandness before and after the transplant, and both she and Sandness hope to meet one day. “I’m excited for him that he’s getting his life back,” she said.

‘Making a Murderer’ Update on ‘Dateline’: Five Revelations About Steven Avery’s Case

Unless you lived under a rock last year (not that there’s anything wrong with that), you heard about Netflix’s hit docuseries Making a Murderer, which told the story of Steven A. Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey, who were both found guilty of of the murder of Teresa Halbach. With Dateline’s Friday, February 17, episiode revisiting the case, here’s a quick refresh of the facts: Avery was wrongly convicted of rape, finally released and was about to potentially collect millions of dollars from a lawsuit he filed after getting out of prison against Manitowoc County. While all of that was pending, a photographer who worked for Autotrader magazine (Halbach) was called to Avery’s residence (which was also his place of work) for an assignment — and never seen again until her bones were found. 

An investigation began that quickly narrowed in on Avery and his nephew, and evidence began to mount against them. Avery’s blood was found in Halbach’s car. Her car key was found in his trailer. And Dassey gave a statement to police detailing how they brutally raped, tortured and killed the 25-year-old woman. The docuseries raised questions about the investigation, causing some people to believe the two had been wrongly convicted. On February 17, Dateline aired “Return to Manitowoc County,” which featured new interviews with investigator Tom Fassbender, former district attorney Ken Kratz and Dassey’s former defense attorney, Len Kachinsky. While much of the program recapped the case, there were some new bits of information here and there. Here are the five biggest moments from special.

1. Tom Fassbender does not believe he or any of the police did anything wrong while investigating.

“Absolutely not,” he said when asked if he had a vendetta against Avery, noting that he didn’t even know who Avery was at the time. “The people that were there that I worked with from Manitowoc County were hardworking — they only wanted to do this investigation the right way.”  Asked specifically about the key found in Avery’s trailer on the team’s seventh search of the space, Fassbender said there was no way it was planted, and argued it wasn’t found during the previous six searches because it was located in a small bookcase that hadn’t been searched thoroughly. 

He also insisted Avery’s blood in Halbach’s car was not planted. (The docuseries made a big deal about the fact that the police department had Avery’s blood in a vial and that it was suspect that the vial had a small puncture on its top. Fassbender said small punctures are normal on those types of vials.) In a nutshell, he said the defense that the police planted evidence was “absurd.”

2. Fassbender revealed he had “mixed emotions” when he learned that Dassey was being released.

Last August, a judge overturned the ruling on Dassey, arguing that Fassbender’s interrogation had not followed the rules and had taken advantage of a young man with learning disabilities. While Fassbender respected the authority of the judge, he believed Dassey “knew right from wrong” and was definitely involved in Halbach’s death. He said he had “mixed emotions” when he heard the news and reiterated that they had done “everything above board.”

3. Kachinsky admitted he made some mistakes.

To say that Len Kachinsky, the defense attorney for Dassey, came across as a poor lawyer in the docuseries would be the understatement of the century. He looked incompetent at best, and like he was trying to get his client convicted at worst. In particular, during the “Return to Manitowoc” special, he was asked about his decision to let Dassey, a disabled teenager, be questioned by police without his attorney present, and Kachinsky said that wasn’t a good choice. (No kidding.) “That was really a mistake,” he said with a shrug, though he did argue that none of his mistakes affected the outcome of the case.

4. Steven Avery had a history of alleged violence against women.

Making a Murderer didn’t spent much time on Avery’s reputation around town in terms of his dealings with the fairer sex. Specifically, it didn’t highlight the fact that his ex-fiancee told police Avery had physically abused her, or that a teenage girl had accused him of rape. “He has no remorse for his behavior,” Ken Kratz said. “He feels incredibly entitled.”

5. Kratz has a new girlfriend.

Kratz, the district attorney who led much of the case against Avery, had his own mini-scandal after the case closed when he was caught sending sexually charged text messages to a woman who was the victim of domestic violence. While he is no longer the district attorney in Manitowoc County, he does have a book out telling his version of events in the case, and he has a new girlfriend by his side. Meanwhile, attorney Kathleen Zellner has taken on Avery’s case and is determined to get him set free, citing new evidence (though she hasn’t specified what that is, exactly).

Tell Us: What do you make of the latest special about Avery?

Dateline airs on NBC Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.

Chris Harrison Reveals Charlie O’Connell Was the One Bachelor He Just Didn’t Get Along With

Another twist for Bachelor Nation? Chris Harrison admitted that Charlie O’Connell was the one Bachelor star he just didn’t get along with. Watch what he had to say in the video above.

The longtime host of ABC’s dating show made the surprising admission while cohosting Live With Kelly on Friday, February 17, after Kelly Ripa grilled him on his least-favorite Bachelor.

“This will just ruin my life for the next month,” the 45-year old joked, before ‘fessing up. And while Bachelor Nation widely considers controversial season 18 star Juan Pablo Galavis to be the most-hated Bachelor ever, Harrison said it was actually 2005’s Bachelor Charlie O’Connell, who starred on season 7 of the reality dating show, who rubbed him the wrong way.

“So here’s the thing, after 15 years, 30-some odd people that have been through this show, there are people I get along with better than others,” said Harrison, before naming O’Connell – whose actor brother Jerry O’Connell frequently slips into the Live cohost seat beside Ripa — as the one person he just didn’t “meld with” on their journey to find love.

“Charlie and I, he was just East Coast, me, Southern kid, it was like oil and water,” said the TV personality, who also hosts The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. “We just didn’t get along.”

Part of that may have been timing, said Harrison, who insisted that “I actually love Charlie,” but revealed that O’Connell wasn’t in a good place emotionally and said they kept their distance while filming.

“He was, now self-admittedly, in a difficult time in his life, a little tumultuous,” explained Harrison. ”He’s come back from that, thankfully, but we just didn’t really spend any time together … We just went our separate ways.”

fans remember, O’Connell gave his final rose and a promise ring to Sarah Brice,
although he chose not to propose during the live finale. The duo dated on and off after
the show, breaking up in 2007 and then getting back together the following year,
before calling it quits for good in 2010. 

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s Custody Battle: Cops Called Again

Emotions running high. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton‘s custody battle over son Julian continues to be tense, with police called again on Thursday, February 16.

TMZ reports that Patton’s people called the cops from a Malibu park where she was supposed to hand the estranged exes’ 6-year-old son to a court-appointed monitor so that Julian could have a visit with his dad.

A source close to Thicke tells Us Weekly that Patton, 41, was almost an hour late for the meeting and refused to give Julian to the monitor when she arrived. 

Other sources tell TMZ that Thicke, 39, also apparently violated a restraining order that Patton had against him and was just feet away from the About Last Night actress, although the Thicke source insists that the singer remained in his car the whole time. 

Julian reportedly decided that he didn’t want to go with the “Blurred Lines” singer and asked his mom to call 911, a source close to Patton told TMZ. But by the time deputies arrived at the scene, Patton and her son had left.

“Here’s what happens,” the source close to Thicke tells Us. “Paula finally shows up and won’t let Julian out of the car, she doesn’t want to hand Julian over. The moderator is going between them and Robin is sitting in his car, doing as he’s directed. And for some reason she called her housekeeper, and the housekeeper who was at the house, not at the park, mind you, calls the police and says Robin is violating his restraining order. And Robin never got out of his car. Paula then takes Julian and leaves.”

“When the police showed up, she was gone,” the source continues. “They went up to Robin and they said, ‘Someone called saying you broke the restraining order’ and he said, ‘No, this is my designated spot to pick up my son. We have joint custody and we do this every week, I stay in the car.’ He had a full conversation with the police and they didn’t do anything. The saddest part about this is that was his only time to see Julian.”

“Paula was not an hour late,” a source close to the actress tells Us Weekly. “What happens is, when Paula goes to hand off Julian to Robin, she is supposed to hand him off to a monitor. Robin is not supposed to be there because of the court-ordered restraining order. So he showed up despite the court order, and then Julian said he didn’t want to go with his dad as soon as he saw him, so that’s why the hand-off didn’t end up happening.”

Reps for Thicke and Patton have not responded to requests for comment.

The episode is the latest in a line of dramatic incidents involving the couple, who divorced in 2015 after 10 years of marriage.

As Us Weekly previously reported, Thicke was being investigated last month by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services amid allegations of child abuse for spanking his son.

Patton was granted a temporary restraining order against the Grammy-nominated singer last month, as well as sole temporary custody of Julian, after court documents, obtained by Us Weekly, revealed that Patton accused Thicke of physically assaulting her, cheating on her multiple times and having a serious cocaine problem. A source close to Thicke denied the domestic abuse allegations to TMZ.

TMZ reported last month that Thicke’s lawyer claimed Patton herself was also under investigation by DCFS for alleged emotional abuse of her son.

Police were called to Patton’s home in mid-January after she had a confrontation with Thicke when he arrived for a visit with his son and, according to TMZ, Julian refused to go with him.

Is Walk Off The Earth’s “Shape of You” cover better than Ed Sheeran’s Grammy performance?

Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran’s performance of “Shape of You” at the Grammy Awards was the talk of the town. Walk Off The Earth, a band known mostly for doing awesome covers on YouTube, released an amazing cover yesterday.

Ed Sheeran is a damn talented performer – there’s no denying that. His organic one-man-band act (made possible by a loop station, acoustic guitar, Ed Sheeran’s voice, and sometimes keyboard) makes him one of the most unique performers around, even if he was a late addition to the roster of performers at the 59th Grammys.

“Shape of You” currently holds the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list (passing Migos much-memed track “Bad & Boujee“, and is one of Sheeran’s hottest tracks yet (maybe the best one since “Don’t,”).

Being the #1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 is a big deal, but maybe not as big a deal as getting your song covered by Walk Off The Earth, whose five-person-one-guitar performance of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” propelled them to YouTube fame in 2013. Their cover of The Chainsmokers’ summer hit “Closer” was all over social media this summer.

Here’s Walk Off The Earth’s cover of “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran:

Where do we begin with Walk Off The Earth’s cover?

For starters, those percussive things that they’re whacking on the ground and the table to generate music? They’re called “Boomwhackers” and if that isn’t the coolest name for an instrument ever, I will tell you where you can stick your vuvuzela.

At far left, Joel Cassady appears to be wearing seashells and a fork around his neck to make a jangling sound. Sarah Blackwood, the only member of the group with her own Wikipedia entry, is playing a thumb piano that appears to be made of pure birch. Then you have lead vocalist Ryan Marshall, who appears to have a container full of beads (or maybe Kix cereal?) as a percussion instrument. The group pulls out a ton of other cool instruments, including a jack-in-the-box, as they mash “Shape Of You” with 90s hits like “No Diggity” (BLACKstreet) and “No Scrubs” (TLC). They also have a child in the room the whole time.

The kicker (pun intended) is when their roommate comes down the stairs (seemingly frustrated by the band’s noise in his house), and JUMP KICKS two hanging cymbal-gongs.

Ed Sheeran’s performance of “Shape of You” at the Grammys was cool, but Walk Off The Earth’s cover is definitively better (sorry, Mr. Sheeran, but as an aficionado of well-produced, organic music, you should appreciate it as much as I do).

Which version of “Shape of You” do you think is better? Stay tuned to Popdust for more awesome music news!

Why this now-void loan contract between two brothers is going viral

A loan agreement two brothers made in 2012 is going viral on social media because of one bullet point in the void clause.

Twitter user @AnarchyNoww (alias Judd Markowitz, a 28-year-old prospective accountant) is making waves on social media after posting a picture of a contract agreement drawn between him and his brother in 2012. Markowitz borrowed $2,000 from his brother at the end of November 2012 with his brother Ryan. The agreement (signed by a witness named Bradley Goldberg) was as follows:

I, Judd Markowitz, am borrowing $2,000 from Ryan Markowitz on 11/28/2012. I will begin repayment to him on 12/28/2018 in monthly installments of $100. The loan will accumulate no interest. Loan repayments will be waived if the following circumstances occur before or after 12/28/2018:
-Judd Markowitz loses a limb
-Ryan Markowizt wins the lottery
-The New York Jets win the Super Bowl in 2013
-The world comes to an end
-Jesus, Biggie, or Tupac comes back to life
-Rick Santorum or Donald Trump becomes President in 2016
-Judd Markowitz is the father of septupletz
-Bradley Goldberg has a doctor show like Dr. Oz called Dr. Brad

As of this moment, the tweet has been shared over 600 times (with no end to the retweets in sight!).

As everyone knows, Donald Trump was elected to the United States presidency in 2016; this was one of the conditions to void the loan agreement, which means Judd is off the hook!

We reached out to Markowitz on Twitter with a couple questions:

Are you happier with Trump in office and not having to pay your brother back than you would be with someone else in office and owing him $2000?

I’d rather someone else in office for sure. I remember we had this contract and I was waiting for him to tell me to start repaying it. I totally forgot what the covenants were.

Regarding your twitter handle, what are your thoughts on anarchy?

I’m an anarchist, but I think it’s foolish to think that the world is ready, or ever will be ready, for anarchy.There’s a clear dichotomy between those who want to live to acquire knowledge and grow as a person and those who want to live to compete and established supremacy.

Is this your first time going viral? And how has the experience been for you so far?

This is not my first time going viral; Deray and Shaun King have retweeted me before and those got like a thousand retweets. I also was killing it on election night.

Anything else you’d like to say?

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for the people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

The contract will go viral over the weekend, but the question remains: does Judd Markowitz have to pay his brother? As other twitter users are pointing out, Trump technically was inaugurated in 2017, meaning he wasn’t President in 2016.

But Markowitz isn’t worried: his brother is a man of honor, and they agree that the intent behind the contract was present. Looks like Judd Markowitz got a free-of-repayment loan after all! It wasn’t “a small loan of a million dollars,” but free money is always nice.

Stay tuned to Popdust for more amazing viral news, and follow @AnarchyNoww on Twitter – he’s one to watch.

Jenelle Evans: Fiance David Eason’s Proposal ‘Left Me Speechless!’

No words. Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans was left “speechless” after her beau, David Easonproposed to her on Saturday, February 11, and she revealed just how he did the deed in a recent interview.

The mom of three, 25, told E! News that she and Eason spent a weekend away just before Valentine’s Day, which included a breakfast and morning hike into the mountains that ended with a very special surprise.

“He told me to look at the roses on the ground and asked if I thought they were pretty,” the Oak Island, North Carolina, native told the outlet of what happened when they reached the summit. “Of course I agreed! Then he said, ‘These are for you!’ and I said, ‘No!’”

We've decided on forever! 💍💋#PerfectTiming @easondavid88

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It was at that moment that the MTV TV crew popped out of hiding to reveal that they were rolling tape for the show. “As I looked over his shoulder, MTV was there behind the trees and I had no idea they were going to be there,” she continued. “He asked me to marry him and I said yes! We were both in tears.”

The reality star shared a stunning selfie of the pair atop the mountain to Instagram shortly afterward, captioning the image, “We’ve decided on forever!” In the picture, she proudly shows off her diamond sparkler.

“The ring is a pear shape diamond with a halo of tiny diamonds surrounding the center stone,” she told E!. “David did an excellent job and I absolutely adore everything about it. The engagement was definitely one for the books! His idea was so original and he left me speechless.”

It’s definitely been an eventful year for the couple so far. On Tuesday, January 24, the pair welcomed their first child together, daughter Ensley Jolie Eason, four days ahead of her January 28 due date.


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“Let the collection of baby girl bows begin!” Evans tweeted hours after giving birth. “She’s so precious and beautiful. I’m so in love with her already! Happy and healthy!”

Evans is already mom of son Jace, 7, with ex Andrew Lewis, and son Kaiser, 2, with ex-fiancé Nathan Griffith. Eason also has a daughter, Maryssa, from a previous relationship.

Kris Jenner: Kanye West’s Meeting With Donald Trump ‘Wasn’t for Any Special Intention’

Even Kris Jenner isn’t sure of son-in-law Kanye West’s next step. 

While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, February 17, the talk show host, 59, asked the momager if the rapper, 39, is planning a follow-up to his December 16 meeting with President Donald Trump.

“I don’t think so,” Jenner, 61, responded. “I have no idea, I mean.”

West tweeted at the time that he visited the commander in chief in NYC to “discuss multicultural issues,” such as “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”

“I think he was lucky enough to be able to get, you know, an audience and talk about whatever they talked about, but I think that, you know, it wasn’t for any special intention,” added Jenner, whose boyfriend, Corey Gamble, was present for the visit too. “He went and Corey went with him and they went because I think he had some, you know, issue that he might have wanted to talk about and I think that was the extent of it.”

DeGeneres, who recently slammed Trump’s immigration ban, joked, “We all have issues we want to talk about with him, but we’re not showing up!”

After his meeting with the billionaire president, West — who previously declared that he would be running for the nation’s top office come 2020 — tweeted “2024,” presumably endorsing a reelection of Trump when his four-year term expires. Fans noticed February 3, however, that the Yeezy designer wiped his Twitter clean of any pro-Trump mentions.

West told the audience of his November 17 concert in San Jose, California, that he didn’t pull the lever for the businessman on Election Day — but he would have. “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” the father of two declared. “What I didn’t tell you … if I were to have voted I would have voted on Trump.”

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and More Late-Night Hosts Skewer Donald Trump’s ‘Bats–t Crazy’ Press Conference: Watch

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and more late-night hosts had a field day following President Donald Trump‘s bizarre press conference on Thursday, February 16. Watch the roundup in the video above!

Meyers, 43, was so put off by the “bats–t crazy” Q&A that he actually shredded the now “meaningless” script that his team previously wrote.

“To set scene for this press conference: In just over three weeks Trump’s White House has been plagued by infighting, legal challenges, messy executive orders, the resignation of his national security adviser and now the revelation that his aides had contacts with Russia during the campaign,” he said. “And if there’s anything good in this it’s been watching Trump develop techniques to avoid questions about that Russian contact.”

Meyers then showed footage of Trump’s behavior from past press conferences. He joked about a move called “the drift away,” where Trump once walked away from the podium, and another called “the pretend I don’t hear you” when he ignored a reporter’s question.

Meyers’ tone went from light to serious when he specifically tackled Trump’s Thursday press conference, which was chock-full of false claims, attacks against the media and confusing statements. He cut to how many times Trump said “fake news,” “sit down” and “I don’t have to tell you” before he took umbrage with his “ranting” comment.

“Did you hear him? He said he’s not ranting and raving, but again, what president hasn’t had to say, ‘I’m not ranting and raving?’ Who can forget Lincoln’s tirade at Gettysburg? Or FDR’s fireside meltdowns?” Meyers said. “And of course, Ronald Reagan famously saying, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, if you don’t tear down this f–ing wall, I’m going to lose my s–t.'”

Colbert, 52, was just as baffled by the broadcast. “It was a robust one hour and 17 minutes long. That is beefy. So beefy, you could eat it with a fork,” he said on The Late Show. “But you’re going to want to use a spoon to get every drop of the crazy.”

The former Daily Show correspondent particularly got a loud applause when he hit back at Trump’s “[I] inherited a mess” remark. “No,” Colbert said. “You inherited a fortune — we elected a mess.”

He also rehashed another face-palm inducing moment: when an African-American reporter asked Trump if he plans to reach out to the Congressional Black Caucus, and the mogul’s response was “Are they friends of yours? Do you want to set up the meeting?”

“Oh, you’re a black woman, can you talk to the Congressional Black Caucus?” Colbert asked. “Can you guys get together at your next meeting of the black club? Can you black people just figure that thing out? You know what, forget it. I’ll have Ben Carson do it.”

Jimmy Kimmel didn’t sit quietly either. “You know it’s a bad press conference when assuming all black people know each other wasn’t even the worst part of it,” the upcoming Oscars host, 49, said.

Trevor Noah and James Corden hit back too. They commented on Trump’s false claims that he had the biggest Electoral College win since Reagan.

“If you can’t trust your president to get the right information on a Google-able fact, then can you really trust him with the harder stuff? Which, by the way, is everything else the President of the United States has to deal with. We’re talking first-page Google, guys,” Noah, 32, said.

Corden, 38, added on The Late Late Show: “Around? He saw this information ‘around’? What, like it was tacked to a bulletin board next to guitar lessons and a picture of a lost cat?”

Selena Gomez Gave The Weeknd a Very Stealth B-Day Shout-Out on Instagram

Selena Gomez wished her boyfriend, The Weeknda happy birthday on Thursday, February 16, in a very low-key way.

The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, took to Instagram on Thursday in honor of turning 27 and the start of his new “Starboy” tour. He wrote: “27 Celebrating all year and partying every night all over the world starting with Sweden. Let’s f–king get it XO.”

While Gomez, 24, didn’t give her new boyfriend an obvious shout-out (the couple has yet to officially acknowledge their relationship, after all), she slyly “liked” his birthday photo, which has garnered over 600,000 likes.

Since she was attending New York Fashion Week, the Texas-born singer couldn’t take part in The Weeknd’s birthday celebration in person on Monday, February 13 — but that didn’t stop her from showing the love.

TMZ reports Gomez paid an alleged $30,000 bill at Dave & Buster’s for the “Can’t Feel My Face” singer to celebrate all night with fellow musicians, including French Montana and Big Sean.

The new couple was first spotted in January after enjoying dinner at Santa Monica restaurant Giorgio Baldi and later in the month took a romantic vacation to Italy where they visited Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery in Florence and walked the romantic canal-lined streets of Venice.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber posted a sad Valentine’s Day video to his Instagram story on February 14, quoting a Dumb and Dumber line to his fans: “I got no food, I got no job, our pets heads are falling off and I got no Valentine!” In a consecutive, more somber black-and-white video, the single Bieber said, “All I ever wanted was a Valentine. Now I don’t even have a Valentine.”