In non-shocking news, gossip dumpster Hollywood Life is using the recent hangout of Hailey Baldwin, Selena Gomez, and mutual friends at a John Mayer show last week as an opportunity to resurrect a fake news Justin Bieber story.
Last April, the repeatedly discredited website alleged an outlandish --- and subsequently, debunked --- story claiming Bieber secretly smuggled model pal Hailey as his date into the iHeartRadio Music Awards, but was supposedly "caught" by Gomez.
In addition, neither Hailey nor Selena were even dating Justin at that time. As widely reported, Gomez and Bieber called time on their on-again, off-again relationship back in September 2014.
Rumor-busting site Gossip Cop addressed Hollywood Life's bogus iHeart story at the time, confirming Hailey did not make a miraculous, and somehow non-paparazzi-captured, trip to the iHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A. and actually spent that weekend in New York City.
Selena Gomez Did NOT "Catch" Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin At iHeartRadio Music Awards https://t.co/F335lAUiO2 pic.twitter.com/QziLNPOSoX
— Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) April 7, 2016
Fast forward to Hollywood Life shamelessly referencing its disproved iHeart claim in a recent article about Selena, 24, and Hailey, 20, being spotted with friends at Mayer's Los Angeles concert at The Forum venue on Friday night (April 21).
In an Instagram story video, model Hailey is seen hamming it up as she pretends to bite a savoury jokingly offered by one of Selena's close pals. The rest of Gomez's crew watched the fun.
A glimpse of the "Same Old Love" songstress wrapping her arms around boyfriend The Weeknd pops up on the footage (seen below) as a phone camera is panned.
Elie via IG Stories: pic.twitter.com/XOYjME2hcOThere is no interaction between Hailey and Selena on the video but Baldwin looked at ease with Gomez's group. Cue Hollywood Life dialing up the sensationalism by claiming Bieber's exes "did their best to avoid a nasty confrontation."
— Baldwin Brasil (@baldwincombr) April 22, 2017
The gossip blog went on to repeat its fake "secret iHeart date" fiction and falsely alleged that the Canadian superstar used to "juggle" dates with Hailey and Selena.
However, the site's claim is not true. Bieber's brief liaison with Baldwin took place after his relationship with Gomez finally bit dust three years ago.
Back in May 2016, Hailey shut down gossip site-fueled rumors claiming she and Selena fought over Justin.
"I think it sucks that people try to start things like that," Baldwin told Us Weekly magazine last year, before continuing, "There's never any truth to that, first of all. She's a lovely girl. She's very kind."
The model added, "Her and I have a lot of mutual friends and it's all cool between everybody. We run in the same circles."
Noting Gossip Cop previously confirmed the iHeart "secret date" story was fabricated and social media posts prove Baldwin was in NYC on the night the awards were held, it's shocking that Hollywood Life is still trying to peddle a bogus claim.
Clearly, the gossip blog's clickbait story was an attempt to manufacture a "love triangle" that did not exist in 2016 -- and still doesn't now.
Justin Bieber Didn't Take Hailey Baldwin To iHeart Awards, Selena Gomez Isn't 'Furious' https://t.co/OaN222FQbF pic.twitter.com/BNMUCMQOGf[Featured Image By Dimitrios Kambouris, Frederick M. Brown, and Mat Hayward/Getty Images]
— Inquisitr Showbiz (@IQShowbiz) April 13, 2016