Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato reunite at 2017 InStyle Awards for first joint photo op in years

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato's relationship is "Simply Complicated" -- but they're officially turning over a new leaf.

The former Disney Channel stars are childhood friends who essentially rose to fame together, but over the years, their relationship has suffered fractures. Although many still associate the two with each other, they began going their separate ways more than six years ago.

Since they hadn't posed together on the red carpet since 2011, few expected what happened Monday night: Demi and Selena reunited for a sweet, smiley photo at the 2017 InStyle Awards.

Need a quick refresher of what (publicly) went down? Our recap is under the slideshow.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez (L) and Demi Lovato attend the Third Annual 'InStyle Awards' presented by InStyle at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez (L) and Demi Lovato attend the Third Annual 'InStyle Awards' presented by InStyle at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez arrive at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Singer Demi Lovato arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Singer Demi Lovato arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the Third Annual InStyle Awards on October 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the Third Annual InStyle Awards on October 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Demi Lovato arrives at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Selena and Demi, both Texas natives, both launched their careers on "Barney & Friends." As preteens they began auditioning for Disney Channel, and would find both joint and individual success as Disney stars: Selena landed her own show, "Wizards of Waverly Place" and Demi followed suit with "Sonny with a Chance." They co-starred in the DCOM "Princess Protection Program."

As both became household names, things got rocky. No doubt much of the drama was kept private, but in likely didn't help that Demi began abusing drugs and alcohol, as she admitted in her new documentary "Simply Complicated."

"I was sneaking cocaine on planes, I was sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night," Demi says in the documentary of her troubling habits.

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Selena and Demi through the years
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer/actresses Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer/actresses Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
DISNEY'S FRIENDS FOR CHANGE: PROJECT GREEN - April 4, 2009 - Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato are among the 29 young stars participating in Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green (www.Disney.com), a multiplatform environmental initiative that invites kids to join together to help the environment across four key areas: climate, water, waste and habitats. Kids will learn practical ways to preserve the planet, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to vote on how $1 million in donations from Disney will be divided and invested in various environmental causes over the course of a year. The messages will air on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com beginning FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009. (Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Disney Channel/ABC via Getty Images) DEMI LOVATO; SELENA GOMEZ;MILEY CYRUS
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Actress Selena Gomez and singer Demi Lovato during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Actresses Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez (R) attend the Red Carpet Premiere For Disney's 'Princess Protection Program' at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on June 18, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Actress Selena Gomez and singer Demi Lovato during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actresses Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato arrive at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA -FEBRUARY 19: Actresses Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato arrive at 'Chevy Rocks the Future' held at the Walt Disney Studios on February19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by: Jean-Paul Aussenard/Wireimage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez arrive at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Singers Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez (L) and Demi Lovato attend the Third Annual 'InStyle Awards' presented by InStyle at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)
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Selena somewhat acknowledged the difficulties in 2014, when she told Seventeen, "I've known her since we were seven, and we did fall apart for awhile. She was going through things and I was so young and it was confusing. I processed it saying, 'OK, I don't understand what she's going through, so I'm just going to do this.' I don't think it was fair, and I'm so happy that I have her back in my life now."

But just months later, they had unfollowed each other on social media.

It wasn't until this year that the two began interacting again online. Demi congratulated Selena on her song "Fetish," and in October, Selena had nothing but positive things to say about Demi's revealing documentary.

"This was beautiful. I'm so happy for you," she wrote on Instagram. "You always continue to [be] bold and real. I wish more people were like you. Love you."

 

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