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Justin Bieber Says He Was 'Reckless' In Previous Relationship, And Fans Think He Means Selena Gomez

The star opened up about his marriage + lessons he's learned in a new interview.
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As he promotes his latest album Changes, Justin Bieber is being more open and honest than ever. Whether it's about his health, his sex life or his private life, the singer is seemingly more candid about everything—including his past relationships.

In a new interview with Zane Lowe, the 25-year-old opens up about how his previous girlfriends have shaped his current relationship with wife Hailey Baldwin, and how he was only ready to commit once he had healed from past mistakes.

Justin says he first met Hailey at a time when he wasn't ready to make a commitment, and when Zane asked why, Justin responded, "I think I was just hurt from my previous relationship."

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Many fans are assuming this is about Selena Gomez, who dated Justin up until March 2018. He and Hailey reconnected in June 2018, when they were photographed kissing on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Justin elaborated on reason he was hurt, saying, "I think I still was dealing with a lot of unforgiveness and all that sort of stuff. To be honest, I don't think I even knew what I was really struggling with at the time. I don't think I knew I was dealing with unforgiveness."

"In my previous relationship, I went off and just went crazy and went wild, just was being reckless," he said. "This time I took the time to really build myself and focus on me, and try to make the right decisions and all that sort of stuff. And yeah, I got better."

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This comes as Selena previously accused Justin of emotional abuse. The singer explained single "Lose You To Love Me" was her way of getting "respectful closure" after ending an unhealthy relationship. "It was very difficult and I'm happy it's over," Selena told NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Later in the interview, Garcia-Navarro asks Selena directly about the relationship, and whether it has been hard to move on from the pain of it. "No, because I've found the strength in it," Selena tells her. "It's dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I'm not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse."

Garcia-Navarro quickly asks if Selena is referring to emotional abuse, to which she replies, "Yes, and I think that it's something that I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about this," Selena adds.

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In September of last year, Justin took to Instagram to say express remorse at his behavior in previous relationships, telling followers, "I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all of my relationships. I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry. I became distant to everyone who loved me, and I was hiding behind a shell of a person that I had become."

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