Selena Gomez spoke out in a shocking interview with NPR where she revealed her relationship with Justin Bieber was not an emotionally healthy one. The 27-year-old singer discussed moving on after her breakup with Bieber in March of 2018.
Check out an excerpt from her Q&A below:
“Lose You To Love Me” is your first No. 1 song off this album — tell me about this song.
I’m very proud of it. It has a different meaning to me now from when I wrote it. I felt I didn’t get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said. It’s not a hateful song; it’s a song that is saying — I had something beautiful and I would never deny that it wasn’t that. It was very difficult and I’m happy it’s over. And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it’s done, and I understand that, and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter.
Saying goodbye to Justin Bieber, who I’m assuming you’re speaking about.
You had to get the name in, I get it.
Do you look back on that time, and when you think about the parts of your life that were painful, that you’ve kind of moved on from, is that one of the harder parts?
No, because I’ve found the strength in it. It’s dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I’m not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse —
You mean emotional abuse?
Yes, and I think that it’s something that — I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don’t want to spend the rest of my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt and I’ve found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible. [Editor’s note: NPR has reached out to Justin Bieber for comment.]
Wow… Really powerful stuff. Do you think that Justin will respond? The bigger question might be — how will fans of both artists react to this claim?
You can listen to the full interview below:
We’re just happy that Selena is feeling stronger and is sharing her truth.