Selena Gomez is ELLE’s September cover girl, and her ex Justin Bieber’s wife, Hailey Bieber, is among the thousands in awe of it. Fan account Pop Faction pointed out that Hailey quietly liked ELLE’s cover shot of Gomez, which was posted to Instagram this morning, in a sweet signal of support.
Hailey liked a more candid shot of Gomez in October 2019. Gomez’s friend Raquelle Stevens had posted a photo of Selena celebrating her singles “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now” with her friends—songs believed to be about Gomez’s heartbreak over Justin. Justin and Hailey started dating again in June 2018, just months after Gomez and Justin’s break became a breakup in spring 2018.
Hailey’s gesture helped signal that the model isn’t bothered by Gomez reflecting on the experience through her music. Hailey had received backlash on Instagram after she posted an Instagram Story of herself listening to Summer Walker’s “I’ll Kill You” minutes after “Lose You to Love Me” came out in October 2019. Hailey later responded to speculation that her post was about Gomez, calling it “BS.”
Gomez defended Hailey on Instagram Live at the time, though she never named her directly.
She did give a pointed message to those attacking Hailey, though: “I do not stand for women tearing women down,” Gomez said. “And I will never, ever be by that. So please be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter what the situation is. If you’re my fans, don’t be rude to anybody, please. Don’t go off and say things that you just feel in the moment. And just please, from me, know that that’s not my heart. My heart is only to release things that I feel that are me and that I’m proud of. And that’s all that I’ll say, yeah.”
Gomez spoke a little about going through heartbreak publicly in her new interview with ELLE, released today. “My lupus, my kidney transplant, chemotherapy, having a mental illness, going through very public heartbreaks—these were all things that honestly should have taken me down,” she said. “Every time I went through something, I was like, ‘What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?’”
Gomez said she told herself, “‘You’re going to help people.’ That’s really what kept me going. There could have been a time when I wasn’t strong enough, and would have done something to hurt myself.”
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