Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez once seemed like the dictionary definition of lovebirds. But their famous romantic relationship, in recent years, has become more of a roller-coaster. After a heated war of words on Instagram with Justin, Selena took a three-month hiatus, listing symptoms of lupus including anxiety as the reason. But now a new report is alleging a very different reason for her time off.
Gomez stayed three months in rehab earlier this year, according to Life & Style, which reported that her “complicated history with Justin Bieber is partly to blame for her downward spiral.”
In the story alleging that her “tortured relationship with Justin Bieber prompted her rehab stay,” the media outlet cited an insider’s claims about why Gomez reportedly was at the treatment facility.
“While Selena does suffer from lupus and other health issues, that’s not the reason she went to rehab,” said the insider.
“Her biggest addiction is Justin.”
In addition, Life & Style reported that her relationship with Bieber “led to problems with drinking and partying after they first got together in late 2010.” The source claimed that Gomez “became a different person” when she was around Justin.
“She was extremely jealous and possessive and felt like she had to keep up with him to keep him,” alleged the insider.
“[Selena] would drink and smoke, and then she got into weed and partying.”
But when it came to what Gomez said about her reason for taking time off, Hollywood Take pointed out that the songstress emphasized her mental health issues linked to lupus, reporting that she “entered a treatment facility” and citing what Selena herself told fans about her concerns.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said in announcing her hiatus.
“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness…the best way forward is to take some time off.”
However, some fans are speculating whether that anxiety and depression described by the songstress “weren’t just because of lupus,” according to Hollywood Take, which noted that “it’s safe to say that Bieber also caused plenty of stress in her life.”
Justin’s behavior allegedly “took a toll on their relationship and reportedly led to tension with her friends like Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift,” reported the media outlet, which also speculated that the infamous Instagram war of words with Bieber might have contributed to Gomez’s decision to take time off.
That social media battle occurred just weeks prior to Selena’s hiatus. It began when Bieber responded to fan hostility toward his then-gal pal Sofia Richie, warning fans he would make his Instagram private if they did not stop the backlash.
Gomez then shot a cannonball into the battle, telling him to keep his photos with Sofia off social media and reportedly accusing Bieber of cheating. Justin responded by reportedly accusing Selena of using him to get attention.
“It’s not clear if this incident convinced Gomez to go on hiatus and enter rehab,” noted Hollywood Take, speculating that it is “possible this is what pushed her over the edge.”
As for what, if anything, Selena and Bieber have had to say about their former romance, it’s been open to intepretation. Even though they first split five years ago, then reportedly broke up permanently in 2014, followed by their Instagram war over the summer, some still remain wistful about Justin’s romance with Gomez, pointed out Vanity Fair.
Gomez mentioned her “same old love” in August, while Bieber was asked bluntly about Selena by a member of the paparazzi recently.
“Justin are you in love with Selena?”
Bieber responded by asking, “Is that a question?” before heading off. But the questions about Justin’s romantic life don’t end there. His old pal Ellen DeGeneres got into it during his recent appearance on her talk show.
Ellen asked Bieber about his dating life, and Justin told her he is single “and not even looking, either.” She also questioned Justin about his use of Tinder or other dating apps.
“I haven’t,” said Bieber.
It’s an almost parallel response to what Selena once said about the possibility of using Tinder.
“I would never go on Tinder!”
Gomez also described herself as “really stoked about being with myself right now, while admitting that using a dating app “would scare me.” As for her dating life?
“I go on dates,” said Selena at the time.
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