In 2022, we are still, somehow, talking about Jelena (the popular name for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s very dead romance.) On Monday, the Call Her Daddy podcast dropped an eyebrow-raising teaser clip of host Alex Cooper’s interview with Hailey Bieber, to be released Wednesday.
In the clip, Cooper asks Hailey point-blank if she was “ever with Justin romantically at the same time as [Gomez].” Hailey responds, “This is so crazy, I’ve literally never talked about this ever. A lot of the hate and perpetuation comes from, like, ‘Oh you stole him.’ It’s about people knowing the truth, because there’s a truth.”
Earlier in the teaser, Cooper asked, “How has being married to someone with that level of fame impacted your identity?” Hailey replied, “Where do I start?”
Rumors have indeed swirled for years about possible overlap between Justin’s relationships with Gomez and Hailey—particularly among Gomez stans, who have long found it sus that just two months after Gomez and Justin broke up for a final time in March or April of 2018, he announced his engagement to Hailey in June. Hailey’s comments in 2020 stoked further speculation: “People don’t know, too, we had been talking for a while before we got back together,” Hailey told Ashley Graham on her podcast, Pretty Big Deal. “Contrary to popular belief, he had been single for a while and I had been single and we were kind of just trying to figure life out.” Innnteresting…
Gomez and Justin dated on-and-off for about eight years starting in 2010, but off the course of those eight years, while they were “off,” both pop icons dated plenty of other people. Gomez, to her credit, bagged stars like Zedd, Orlando Bloom, and The Weeknd (even allegedly Chris Evans!). And before rekindling their romance and getting engaged in 2018, Justin and Hailey were first linked in 2014.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Hailey’s forthcoming interview with Cooper is the timing of it all, after years of acrimony between Gomez stans and Jailey shippers (who can forget when throngs of fans chanted “Selena! Selena!” upon Hailey and Justin’s arrival at the Met Gala in 2021). Gomez announced her forthcoming AppleTV+ documentary My Mind & Me, to be released on Nov. 4, and fans are speculating that Hailey’s interview is something akin to damage control, or an attempt to distract from a documentary that might not be flattering to Justin and Hailey. (The interview, of course, could also just be promotion for Hailey’s new skin care like Rhode—god knows she might need it with fierce new competitors like Brad Pitt’s genderless skin care line!)
Fans certainly have good reason to suspect Gomez might not exactly have great things to say about Justin, if she mentions him at all in the documentary. In one of her most candid interviews about her love-life to date, Gomez called her relationships “cursed” in 2021. “I think most of my experiences in relationships have been cursed,” she told Vogue Australia. “I’ve been way too young to be exposed to certain things when I was in relationships. I guess I needed to find what was that word for me, because I felt so less than in past relationships, and never really felt equal.” Fans immediately speculated the quote was in reference to her relationship with Justin.
At the time, ahead of the release of her album Rare, Gomez told the magazine her “best stuff is happening now,” and alluded to her song “Lose You to Love Me” which is widely believed to be a break-up anthem about her relationship with Justin. “The greatest thing ever in my music was ‘Lose You to Love Me,’” she said. “I remember I had a moment where I couldn’t believe it, because the first and second day, the reactions were crazy, and I remember I smiled and I was like, ‘That’s why it’s worth it. All of these years of confusion and being in love, and all of this stuff… and it was finally a clean slate.’ And it wasn’t even because everyone liked it; it was just a realization of why I went through everything I went through.”
With “Lose You to Love Me,” it seems Gomez said her peace about her relationship with Justin—and on Wednesday, (hopefully) Hailey will say hers on Call Her Daddy!