Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber may have broken up over a year ago, but it's no secret that the wounds of their dissolved relationship have been difficult for Selena to handle. Selena and Justin infamously broke up in March 2018, and then literally a few months later, Justin got engaged to Hailey Baldwin, his now-wife. It's probably been a lot for Selena to deal with, which is why she captured her emotions about Justin moving on so quickly in her two new singles, "Love You To Lose Me" and "Look At Her Now."
Selena discussed her vulnerable new songs during an appearance for On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning. Ryan brought up a particularly heartbreaking lyric in "Love You To Lose Me," in which Selena sings, "You turned me down, and now it's showing / In two months you replaced us / Like it was easy." Neither Ryan nor Selena mentioned Justin or Hailey by name, but let's be real—that wasn't necessary.
"The two months lyric would be worse for us than going through a breakup, is having to see someone with someone else so fast," Ryan said. Selena agreed, but sadly hinted that she was used to Justin finding a replacement chick to have fun with when things between them fell through. Selena said:
"Yeah, I think you know, I'm really grateful too because I've actually experienced that a million times before and that's the unfortunate part about what I do. So it's all very real to me, and I'm sure it's just entertainment for other people, but I just—I think I had become numb to it, and it would be stupid of me if I didn't acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, and that's everything I claim to be and do [being authentic] I know there are thousands of people, men and women, who have felt this feeling, and it's extremely real, and on top of the social media and everything, it doesn't matter if you're in my position or if you're in someone's because you're always going to somehow find this negative space. It's just that's what—that's why I have to be careful, and I just have to take steps back and just focus on what I'm doing and no one else."
Selena also discussed the "I needed to hate you to love me," lyric from "Lose You To Love Me," and said that it details all of the emotions she felt behind closed doors. "I mean it's all the feelings, right? It's everything from happy and emotional to just realizing it and being frustrated. I just wanted to validate all of those feelings because they were extremely real to me," she added.
So how has Selena been able to handle fans' reactions to her songs being so personal? She doesn't really know, TBH, but at the end of the day, Selena's always going to be honest in her music. "I don't know, Ryan, I just do it," she said. "But I think that's why I waited this long to kind of express what I felt because I'm—I don't know. I think that's the whole point. I'm always going to be honest with people. I've never not been. I might not be overly chatty about it all the time, but this is where I’m able to release it. This is where it turns into art."
All this low-key talk about Justin and Hailey really begs the question of whether Selena will have any more songs will be about them, right? Welp, don't hold your breath—Sel pretty much said that she's done talking about that period in her life. "These two songs were me wrapping up a chapter in a pretty little bow," she said. "And the rest of the album is just all about where I am now and where I'm going so in my opinion, these are great songs, but I've saved the best for later."
Sound too good to be true? Check out Selena's full interview with Ryan below and prepare to have your mind blown:
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.