Less than two years after lovelorn fans were first forced to accept that young pop superstars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were a romantic couple, their followers are reeling at news the pair are no more.

After weeks of rumours the couple was on the outs, E! News reported Friday that the teen pop stars broke up in recent days. The Associated Press confirmed the split on Saturday, citing an anonymous source not officially authorized to speak about the couple's relationship status.

Citing unnamed sources, the entertainment news outlet E! said the break-up comes on the heels of their "crazy schedules."

Bieber, 18, and Gomez, 20, made their debut as a romantic couple at an Oscar party in February, 2011.

Gomez is currently working on a reunion show for her breakout hit, the Disney Channel's Emmy-winning "wizards of Waverly Place."

Bieber, a Stratford, Ont. native, is currently on tour promoting his latest album "Believe."

last week, he was photographed attending the Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York City. Pictures of the teen pop idol with British model Cara Delevingne and Hungarian model Barbara Palvin stoked gossip columns with rumours he was playing the field.

"I'd rather be here than anywhere in the world," Bieber told red carpet reporters that day.