The evidence is in the lyrics. On the former song, Gomez muses, “In two months, you replaced us / Like it was easy / Made me think I deserved it / In the thick of healing.” (Bieber became engaged to Hailey Baldwin in summer 2018, a mere few months after ending his relationship with Gomez for good.) The latter song, meanwhile, speaks in generalities but illustrates the process of finding yourself again after enduring a breakup. “Of course she was sad / But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet,” she sings.
Gomez, for her part, hasn’t mentioned Justin Bieber or Hailey Baldwin by name in recent interviews about the new music. We’ll probably never know for sure the inspiration behind the songs—but regardless, Bieber and Baldwin aren’t sweating the chatter.
“Of course Justin and Hailey have heard Selena’s new song and they are both trying to not give any reaction to her lyrics referencing Justin,” a source reveals to E! News. “It isn’t ideal for Hailey, but she understands the creative process of writing music and that Justin had a past.”
The source continues, “Justin has completely moved on from that chapter of his life and understands that Selena is allowed to reflect on the past in her own way. Justin and Hailey both want Selena to be happy and in a good place and aren’t phased by it.”
This is certainly in line with how Baldwin reacted to fans thinking she shaded Gomez on Instagram after the new music dropped. The model posted a screen shot of the Summer Walker song “I’ll Kill You” to her IG Story the same day Gomez released “Lose You to Love Me,” which, of course, fans read into. But Baldwin shut this down quickly. “Please stop with this nonsense. There is no ‘response.’ This is complete BS,” she wrote in a now deleted comment.
Gomez also seemingly addressed this drama on Instagram Live. “I am so grateful for the response of the song. However, I will never stand for women tearing other women down,” she said. “So please be kind to everyone.”