Justin Bieber invited model Cailin Russo, his costar in the steamy “All That Matters” music video to his Believe concert-movie premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old Cali beauty didn’t walk the purple carpet with the also 19-year-old Canadian star, but later both posted the same Instagram of themselves posing backstage with Usher at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.
Bieber, channeling Frank Sinatra in a red Balmain suit and bright white tasseled Del Toro smoking slippers, captioned his Instagram “Look down” which directed eyes to his glowing shoes.
But of far more interest than even glowing footwear, is Russo’s appearance in yet another intimate picture with Justin.
When the “All That Matters” superstar posted an Instagram of himself and Cailin on November 19, (taken two days before on the video set), after it aired Bieber’s ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez posted a snarky Instagram.
The actress-singer released an au naturel photo of herself, captioned, “I thought he only liked the Latina category. Smh… #nomakeup #hatewhengirlssaythat.”
(Photo: via Instagram, shows Bieber, Russo, Usher inside Regal Cinemas L.A Live at Believe Movie premiere on December 18).
Bucking all standard PR moves — denial, pageant contestant-type replies to questions — Russo later told Cosmopolitan she thought Gomez’s Instagram was “clearly directed at him with me in the video.”
The model even said she thought “there might be bitterness,” on Selena’s part, but insisted, “I was just doing my job.”
At the time, Cailin added, “Selena is a superstar and I’m just a girl in a video. She’s his ex, and I’m sure they still have feelings for each other.”
The model, who kissed Justin many times while filming “All That Matters,“ and even told the magazine her encounter with the singer left her slightly dazed and confused.
“I got butterflies and I do still to this day,” Russo revealed, adding, “After the shoot wrapped it felt so surreal, I even got a speeding ticket after the shoot because I was on such a high.”
So that’s the context.
The Wrap notes Bieber didn’t sit next to any nubile young females inside Regal cinemas to watch the Jon M. Chu-directed Believe screening, unless you count his 37-year-old mom, Pattie Mallette.
But given the death threats Russo previously revealed in her Cosmopolitan chat, that’s one good reason right there.
Incidentally, Russo features in Bieber’s as yet unveiled video for his Music Mondays single “Confident,” (his collaboration with Chance The Rapper), suggesting the model is something of a visual muse to the singer.
Bieber recently teased photos (not of Russo) from the shoot to his Instagram account.
As for the pop prince’s feeling about Gomez, earlier this week Bieber revealed his single “All That Matters” is about his now imploded relationship with the Latina, whom he dated for over two years before initially splitting up last November.
“I wrote the best music once my heart was broken,” the singer told Power 106 radio host Big Boy.
He added,”‘All That Matters‘ was written when I was in a great place in my relationship, and at that time, she was all that mattered in my life.”
Opening up about the challenges of a public break-up, Bieber said:”It affected us, especially when we are in front of so many people. It’s such a public thing. It’s just hard for the both of us. But you know, she’s a great woman. I love her ’til this day.”
Speculation about a possible romantic role — if that isn’t already happening — Russo might have in the singer’s life may take heart as Justin revealed he and Selena are not speaking.
“I think we’re going to be the greatest of friends,” Bieber told Power 106, adding, “Right now we’re taking a little time and not talking.”
Justin is now thought to have returned to Canada ahead of the release of his Complete My Journals collection on December 23, and Believe’s US debut on Christmas Day.
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