Selena Gomez is feeling “vindicated” after Justin Bieber admitted in an interview that he was “reckless” during their relationship, a new report claims.
This week, Bieber opened up about his relationship history leading up to his marriage with Hailey Baldwin and appeared to reference his personal struggles during his on-again, off-again relationship with Gomez. He seemed to take the blame for the failure of that relationship, and a source now tells Hollywood Life that the “Rare” singer is happy to hear him admit it.
“Selena feels vindicated by Justin’s words but that doesn’t take back all that happened while they were together,” the source said.
The source went on to say that Gomez wants to move on from the notoriety of the relationship and is using her music to channel her emotion. The source said that it does not help her progression to hear Bieber’s admission and she is ready to move on.
“Selena doesn’t want her relationship with Justin to define her but she does feel some comfort that he spoke out about what he did. She hopes that he is being genuine,” the source said.
Bieber had originally opened up about his past relationship during an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Though he did not mention Gomez by name, Bieber admitted that in his previous relationship he “went off and just went crazy and went wild, just was being reckless.” He added that in his relationship with Baldwin, he took time to focus on his own personal development and made better decisions.
Bieber and Gomez first started dating in 2011 and were together on and off for the next seven years, with some very public struggles that included splits and times when Bieber dated other people, including Baldwin for a stretch. The “Yummy” singer and the former Disney star split for good in 2018. Within months of their final breakup, Bieber and Baldwin married.
The split and Bieber’s very quick walk down the aisle afterward was reportedly very hard on Gomez, who struggled with mental health issues and entered rehab months later to deal with the stresses. There were rumors that Bieber didn’t help the matter, with a report from The Inquisitr noting that he “refused” to stop reaching out to Gomez. The report claimed that he tried to contact her amid her struggles with mental health to let her know that he had gone through something similar — an outreach that Gomez reportedly didn’t appreciate.