Selena Gomez Opened Up About Releasing "Lose You To Love Me" Years After Splitting From Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez"s new era in music began at midnight—and her first single, "Lose You khổng lồ Love Me," is an emotional glimpse at her headspace over the last year. Gomez reflects on reclaiming herself at the end of a relationship, one fans speculated ahead of the song"s release was probably hers with Justin Bieber.

Ahead of the song"s release, Gomez wrote on Vevo that the song was about several life events. "This tuy nhiên was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album," she said. "I want people lớn feel hope & to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself."

Bieber & Gomez ended their on-off relationship for good in March last year. The split began as a break turned breakup, and Bieber would go on and start dating Hailey Baldwin in June. Baldwin and Bieber got engaged a month later and married in September 2018.

Gomez said nothing directly about them. Us Weekly reported in September 2019 that Gomez is still healing a bit from their breakup but ultimately believes it was for the best. “Selena knows she’s better off without Justin, and that it’s the healthiest decision for her,” the source said. “She is open to dating, but right now she is solely focused on herself & enjoying life lớn the best of her ability, & getting back lớn being the Selena that she và all of her close ones knew prior lớn dating Justin.”

Gomez"s tuy nhiên tonight is her first public comment on her love life period since she was dating Bieber at the kết thúc of 2017 và early 2018. She wrote it with Finneas, Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson, Julia Michaels & Justin Tranter, according to Genius.

Here, the lyrics, via Genius, with any possible Bieber references indicated, along with the gorgeous tuy nhiên and music clip to watch below.

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You promised the world and I fell for itI put you first and you adored itSet fires to my forestAnd you let it burn

Bieber and Gomez reconciled for the last time in October 2017 where Gomez suggests she put him above everything, but they had a lot of interactions between the release of Revival (in October 2015) & her single today. Bieber posted throwback photos of them together in năm ngoái and 2016, nostalgic for their relationship before they reconciled. And in the darker moments, he phối multiple fires to lớn her forest, long before he phối what could be considered the the final one: him dating, getting engaged, và ultimately married lớn Hailey Baldwin less than six months after he and Gomez took a break (turned breakup).

The two got into a very viral Instagram comment fight in August năm 2016 when Gomez commented on a photo of Bieber complaining about the hate his then-girlfriend Sofia Richie was getting, "If you can"t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol," she wrote. "It should be special between you two only. Don"t be mad at your fans. They love you." Bieber brutally responded back, "It"s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way." That was the darkest public moment in Jelena"s history.

Sang off-key in my chorus"Cause it wasn"t yours.I saw the signs & I ignored itRose-colored glasses all distortedSet fire lớn my purposeAnd I let it burnYou got off on the hurting when it wasn"t yours, yeah

This isn"t the first time Selena Gomez has seemingly sung about the pain her relationship with Bieber caused her. In her tuy vậy "The Heart Wants What It Wants," (a tuy nhiên with a music video similarly shot in black & white) Gomez included a intro monologue where she spoke about being hurt by someone she loved, believed lớn be Bieber then. She said in that intro, "When I was on stage và I was thinking of... I know him, though. I know his heart, và I know what he wouldn’t vày to hurt me. But I didn’t realize that feeling so confident, feeling so great about myself and then it just be completely shattered. By one thing. By something so stupid. But then you make me feel crazy, you make me feel like it’s my fault. I was in pain."

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Bieber also admitted this summer that he mistreated all the women he dated, including Gomez, before he ultimately married Hailey Baldwin. "I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 & abused all of my relationships," he wrote last month. "I became resentful, disrespectful to women, và angry. I became distant to everyone who loved me, và I was hiding behind a shell of a person that I had become. I felt like I could never turn it around. It’s taken me years to bounce back from all of these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, và change relationship habits. Luckily god blessed me with extraordinary people who love me for me."

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Chorus:We"d always go into it blindlyI needed to thua trận you to lớn find meThis dancing was killing me softlyI needed lớn hate you to lớn love meTo love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love, yeahI needed to đại bại you to lớn love me (Yeah)To love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love, yeahI needed to thảm bại you lớn love me

The nhảy đầm could figuratively be their on-off relationship cycles. Và leaving Bieber behind, as Gomez ultimately did in March 2018, may have been her way of reprioritizing herself over him. Us Weekly suggested, when Jelena"s break was first reported, that Bieber"s selfishness was why Gomez pulled the trigger. “ doesn’t care about anyone but himself," a source told the outlet that month. "The second she saw it, she walked away, especially now with her health. She knows she doesn’t need him.”

Verse 2:I gave my all and they all know it

The last comment Gomez gave about Bieber was in her Billboard November 2017 interview. She explained her decision then lớn bring him back into her life, hinting then how much she valued & put into that relationship. "I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20," she said. "I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn"t right. But that doesn"t mean caring for someone ever goes away.And people in general. I mean, I grew up with Demi . Nick và Joe và Miley —we’ve gone through seasons in our lives. I don’t think it’s as serious as people make things out to lớn be half the time. It’s just my life. I grew up with all of these people, & it’s so cool lớn see where everybody is. It comes back to lớn the idea of me remaining full. I think a true representation of love is beyond just yourself. It’s me going to lớn get coffee earlier this morning và talking with a woman who was celebrating her birthday & going to lớn Disneyland for the first time. I told her about my favorite things there, và she got excited, & then I got excited because she was excited. The littlest things are impactful."

After their final breakup, a source would tell Entertainment Tonight in August 2018 (Bieber và Baldwin were engaged then) that Gomez"s friends didn"t like Bieber. "Selena is such a catch, and her friends want her to lớn be with someone who"s worthy of her," the source said. "They really didn"t like Justin & her together. He didn"t appreciate what he had in her."

You turned me down, và now it"s showingIn two months you replaced usLike it was easyMade me think I deserved itIn the thick of healing, yeah

Bieber started dating Hailey Baldwin in June 2018 và got engaged khổng lồ her in July. He explained to lớn fans that he"d always love Gomez but that Baldwin was the bride he chose in a lengthy Instagram comment. He wrote, "I absolutely loved & love Selena she will always hold a place in my heart, but I am head over heels in love with my wife and she is absolutely the BEST THING that has ever happened to me period....This is a reply khổng lồ all immature sick people who send Hailey hurtful messages like " he always goes back lớn Selena" or "Selena is better for him" YOU HAVE NO IDEA MY LIFE and WHATs good for me. Hailey is my Bride period if you don’t like that or tư vấn that that means you don’t tư vấn me & if you don’t tư vấn me your not a fan nor a good person."

Pre-ChorusWe"d always go into it blindlyI needed to thảm bại you to find meThis khiêu vũ was killing me softlyI needed lớn hate you to lớn love me (Yeah)To love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love, yeahI needed to lose you lớn love me (Yeah)To love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love, yeahI needed to lose you lớn love meVerse 1, repeated:You promised the world và I fell for itI put you first, và you adored itSet fires to my forestAnd you let it burnSang off-key in my chorusChorus:To love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love, yeahI needed to hate you khổng lồ love me (Yeah)To love, love, yeahTo love, love, yeahTo love meI needed to thua trận you khổng lồ love meTo love, love, yeah,To love, love, yeah,To love, yeahOutro:And now the chapter is closed & doneTo love, love, yeah,To love, love, yeahTo love, yeahAnd now it"s goodbye, it"s goodbye for us

And like that, Gomez says goodbye formally lớn the Jelena era.

Alyssa BaileySenior News & Strategy EditorAlyssa Bailey is the senior news và strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities & royals (particularly Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton).
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