Quelle surprise. Justin Bieber’s recent reveal that Selena Gomez inspired much of his new album has already been twisted into something dastardly by a gossip website notorious for fabrication and sensationalist headlines.
According to Hollywood Life – a site previously slammed by Gomez and Austin Mahone for making up claims – the 22-year-old pop princess is supposedly now “freaking out” and worrying that the Biebs will insult her on his in-progress album.
Given that Gomez has alleged the site’s claims are untrustworthy, we’ll leave it to readers to decide how much weight they give to a “source” who allegedly told the site that “Selena is really worried that Justin is going to write about her in his new music. She’s freaking out that he’s going to diss her.”
The site doesn’t stop there. The blog also claims that Selena is terrified Justin intends to write about her unconfirmed – and alleged – romance with the EDM producer-DJ Zedd.
“She’s just praying that whatever Justin sings about isn’t a dig at her and especially at her relationship with Zedd, that would just be absolutely mortifying!” a likely imaginary “insider” tells Hollywood Life.
The alleged source adds, “They barely speak and she doubts he’s going to let her listen to his music before it’s released.”
At this juncture, the Inquisitr gently reminds readers that Hollywood Life topped watchdog website Gossip Cop’s “Worst Celebrity Outlet in Celebrity Journalism” list in November for contradictory reporting, alleged theft of other media outlet’s exclusives, fabricating stories, and inventing “sources.”
Quite the rap sheet. If, for the moment, we ignore Hollywood Life “source’s” claim that the Biebs is preparing to “diss” Gomez since that there are doubts over the authenticity of their “insiders” — what is the site using as a basis for their new claims?
During his interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest last week, Bieber was asked whether he would be responding musically to Selena Gomez’s “The Heart What Wants It Wants.” Replying, the Canadian reeled off a slew of “No’s,” but he did admit the actress-singer is his muse.
“I think a lot of my inspiration comes from her,” Bieber said, with added body language that suggests the pair loved each other despite later difficulties during their four-year, on-and-off romance.
Bieber explained, “It was a long relationship and a relationship that created heartbreak and created happiness, and a lot of different emotions that I wanted to write about, so there’s a lot of that on this album.”
That’s all he said. By most reasonable people’s standards, it doesn’t really sound like any “diss” of Gomez is planned. It’s more likely the singer will reveal some of the complications and pressures of being in a relationship under public and media scrutiny while growing up, not to mention his well-documented missteps during 2013 to mid-2014.
Yet, somehow, this quote was all Hollywood Life needed for yet another new round of Bad Boy Bieber/damsel-in-distress Gomez claims. It follows the narrative the site started when the former couple split up for a seemingly final time last September.
Is the gossip site peddling assumptions and putting a malicious spin on Bieber’s words to entice fans with click bait headlines?
Rewind to Hollywood Life’s numerous about Bieber and Gomez which failed to materialize.
Back in December, the website claimed Bieber planned to ruin Gomez’s attendance at the 2014 American Music Awards to try and woo her back. After that, the site rolled out stories claiming Zedd wanted to “fight” Bieber, and vice versa, amid other claims that Gomez was having trouble committing to the Clarity producer due to lingering feelings for Bieber. The site also claimed exactly the opposite too.
It’s no secret that Bieber and Gomez had a dramatic falling out last fall. However, they met up at Mastro’s steakhouse restaurant in Beverly Hills in January. Days later, TMZ reported Bieber and Gomez still communicate.
Meanwhile, the day after Bieber joined Jack Ü’s Skrillex and Diplo, for a spectacular closer with their hit track “Where Are Ü’ Now” at the Ultra Music Festival, the trio confirmed to the local radio station Power 96 that they are collaborating on the Biebs’ new album.
Chatting later to Seacrest, Bieber reiterated that his new album will feature “snippets” of EDM, but will mostly “be really musical” with “a lot of real instrumentation.”
Crucially, Bieber said he had scrapped a entire first draft of his album because his “whole direction has changed.”
He told Ryan, “What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole album. It was done but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at.”
“I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut — it’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side,” he added.
Does that sound as if the new, glass-half-full Bieber is planning to “diss” Gomez, or simply explore what went on during their relationship behind the headlines? Time will tell. Frankly, Bieber didn’t come across like a vindictive ex-boyfriend in Seacrest’s interview. In fact, the singer’s manner seemed mature and reflective. Grateful, even.
We’ve linked the video below. Readers may like to take a look for themselves, rather than letting a gossip site with a disgraceful track record for accuracy and ethics do it for you.