Justin Bieber Reacts To Selena Gomez’s Steamy New Video

Is Justin Bieber’s new fling with Kourtney Kardashian a result of Selena Gomez’s sexy new music video?

According to Hollyood Life, Bieber definitely took notice of Gomez’s headline-making “Hands To Myself” video, released last week. According to their insider, Justin, 21, watched ex Selena Gomez’s sexy music video on repeat.

“At first, [Justin] didn’t want to watch it because he already knows how sexy Selena is, and in the clip she ramps up her sex appeal even more,” the insider said. “He has now watched it, and he keeps it close to watch again. It is almost something he is doing to keep tabs on her. He is thinking about her because he is just jealous he can’t have her right now. The second she pays attention again he will have gotten his way.”

Bieber, meanwhile, is making his own news with his reported fling with Scott Disick’s ex, Kourtney Kardashian. While his reported hookup with her started well before the Selena Gomez music video came out, since then, their tryst has only since heated up, as reported by Inquisitr.

In the “Hands to Myself” video, Gomez portrays an obsessed ex-girlfriend who can’t let go of her past. The 23-year-old flaunts her bare essentials when she breaks into her former beau’s mansion and rolls around in his sheets. While the subject of Selena’s affection is portrayed by male model Christopher Mason, it’s easy to draw parallels to her own ex, Justin Bieber, in the video.

Not that Gomez needs to be using her music to incite the Biebs. Her reported relationship with One Direction’s Niall Horan is taking care of that just fine. According to OK!, Selena and Niall reportedly indulged in a romantic getaway on Christmas Eve together “right after the Jingle Ball, when Niall surprised Selena by whisking her off to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, just the two of them.”

The Irish Examiner is reporting that Bieber has been texting Horan questions about their reported relationship. All-in-all, the saga has become a bit of a mess. Adding a Kardashian to the mix can only further escalate the situation.

Of course, if Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and Kourtney Kardashian (who recently called it quits with her ex, Scott Disick) really are using tabloids and social media to get the better of one another, they wouldn’t be too different from you or I in that way.

The L.A. Times recently published a story this past year that illustrated that point exactly. According to research by Tara C. Marshall, lecturer in the department of psychology and school of social sciences at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England, “one-half to two-thirds of Facebook users” have gone on the site to check out what their former lover is up to.

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“Before the inception of Facebook, people would accept that they might very well never see their ex-partner again, and this may have helped them to move on,” says Marshall, whose research took place when Facebook had about 900 million users; now there are an estimated 1.4 billion. “I found in my research that Facebook surveillance of an ex-partner showed similar associations with post-breakup functioning — greater distress over the breakup, greater longing and sexual desire — as did ‘real life’ contact with an ex-partner.”

Anabel Quan-Haase, co-author of a new study from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, also found that “88% of subjects lurked on an ex’s social media pages, with 64% of them admitting to going over old messages from an ex repeatedly.” This kind of study is almost a mirror image to Justin’s seemingly apparent obsession with Selena Gomez’s “Hand To Myself” video and Selena Gomez releasing this kind of video in the first place.

Ultimately, the research indicates, it all comes down to the self-esteem of those involved in the break-up.

“The lower a person’s self-esteem, the more likely the person is to start obsessing about what their ex is doing at all times.”

For Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, born into the spotlight from a young age, this just about sums up the tabloid wars that have ensued.

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