Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber haven’t been seen together for several months but according to a new report, the 24-year-old singer is still in love with her ex-boyfriend.
Although Selena Gomez claimed in August that her decision to take “some time off” from her busy “Revival World Tour” was the result of her struggles with depression, anxiety and panic attacks, a second report suggests the singer was actually struggling with excessive drinking, smoking and partying, in addition to her mental issues, when she entered rehab.
On October 22, the Movie News Guide shared a report claiming Selena Gomez may have been using alcohol and cigarettes to cope with her ongoing love for Justin Bieber, who was dating Sofia Richie at the time she began treatment.
“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have been in an on-and-off relationship for quite some time. Despite their split, they have not lost their connection,” the outlet explained.
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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber began dating one another in 2010 and continued to date until 2012. However, after their split, Selena Gomez and her ex-boyfriend were seen together regularly and continued to be targeted with rumors regarding their possible reconciliation. In fact, just months ago, Selena Gomez was pictured in a photo shared by Bieber on his Instagram page. In the photo, the former couple was seen kissing one another in a swimming pool and in his caption, Bieber wrote, “Feels.” After the photo was posted, Gomez quickly responded with the message, “Perfect,” and days later, she attended his “Purpose World Tour” show in Los Angeles.
While many believed Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were on the verge of a reunion at that point, they never got back together and in the months that followed, Bieber was seen spending time with Hailey Baldwin, Kourtney Kardashian and Nicola Peltz before ultimately striking up a romance with Sofia Richie in early August, weeks before Selena Gomez canceled her “Revival World Tour.”
“It was really hard for [Selena Gomez],” an insider told Life & Style magazine of Bieber and Richie’s social media PDA. “She saw Justin looking so happy and that really sent her into a downward spiral.”
After going public with his relationship with Richie, which has since come to an end, Bieber did not call Selena Gomez, which was one of the many reasons the singer had reportedly labeled 2016 as “one of the worst years of her life.”
“He’s moved on,” the source said at the time. “She needs to accept that.”
Although Bieber and Richie were seen kissing on a beach in Mexico in late August, their relationship was short-lived and before Bieber traveled to Europe to tend to his ongoing tour dates, he and Richie parted ways.
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“It was super-hot and heavy, and because Justin doesn’t want a relationship right now, he wanted to cool things down… It wasn’t an intentional cool-off, [it] just sort of happened on its own,” a source told E! News of the couple’s split. “They are still friends though and will continue to see each other like they did before they were dating. They are taking a backseat though on the romance side of things and just focusing on being friends at this time.”
As Bieber continues with his tour dates in Europe, Selena Gomez is currently in a rehab facility in Tennessee, as Us Weekly revealed earlier this month, where she continues to address issues of anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
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