After months of fan-fueled internet drama in a saga that’s included everything from shady TikToks featuring Kylie Jenner to a brief social media break for Gomez amid swirling rumors that she and Hailey Bieber have been feuding, both took to Instagram on March 24 to condemn negativity directed toward each other, and more recently sent cues on social media that no feud exists.
Now this has reportedly created some challenges at home as Hailey struggles with her mental and emotional health. A source says that Justin is backing her up. What happened with Hailey?
#1. What happened with Hailey?
The drama began on February 22 when Selena Gomez, who dated Justin Bieber on and off between 2010 and 2018, posted a TikTok joking about how she had accidentally over-laminated her eyebrows.
Hours later, Bieber’s wife Hailey — who married Justin in 2018, reportedly just six months after he broke up with Gomez for the final time — posted a screenshot to Instagram of herself FaceTiming with her pal Kylie Jenner, with the screenshot featuring close-ups of both of their eyebrows, which fans perceived as a dig against Gomez.
On February 23, as fan speculation grew, Jenner and Gomez both denied rumors of a feud; in a TikTok comment, Jenner called accusations she and Bieber attacked Gomez’s eyebrows “a reach,” to which Gomez responded the rumors were “unnecessary” and that she’s a fan of Jenner.
The same day, Gomez commented on other videos referencing the drama: She thanked a fan who praised her handling of her breakup with Justin Bieber and his marriage to Hailey, and Gomez wrote “I love you” in response to a fan who criticized “mean girls and nepo babies” for attacking Gomez.
Gomez also defended her longtime friend Taylor Swift that day, in the comments of a TikTok video that showed Hailey Bieber miming a gag when Swift was mentioned, with Gomez calling Swift "one of the best in the game."
Source: USA Today
Finally on February 23, Gomez announced a break from social media, stating in a TikTok Live: “I'm 30, I'm too old for this.”
Still, the rumors of drama grew, and on February 28 Hailey Bieber posted an Instagram story set to Rema’s song “Calm Down”—but the version without Gomez’s feature, which some fans thought was a dig at Gomez.
As fans continued to hunt for clues, Justin Bieber posted photos Sunday of his star-studded 29th birthday party, an outdoor gathering with balloons and a concert, and one of the photos showed Hailey standing next to him, while in another she appeared to be hugging him. Amid the drama, Gomez has pulled in her best streaming numbers in months, and Google searches for her cosmetics brand Rare Beauty are spiking.
On March 24, Gomez posted an Instagram Story revealing Hailey Bieber had told her she was receiving death threats, which Gomez condemned in her post, stating: “I’ve always advocated for kindness and really want this all to stop.”
Hours later, Hailey Bieber posted her own Instagram Story thanking Gomez for calling for an end to the “ongoing narrative between her and I” and urging people to be more thoughtful about what they post on social media After Gomez and Bieber called for an end to the drama, they reportedly followed each other on Instagram, and fans noticed Bieber liked Gomez’s recent post, a throwback photo of her as a blonde.
#2. What did Justin do to support Hailey?
“Justin knows her truth and despite what some people may say or think, he knows she only wants the best for people and has the best intentions... Justin knows that life is all about the ups and downs, and he knows she’ll get through this. But it’s been difficult seeing her upset and all he can do is be by her side and be there for her no matter what.”
On Wednesday, April 19, Hailey shared some of what's she's going through with her followers in her Instagram Stories.
“I like to make jokes about how I feel because sometimes it’s easier than admitting I’m having a hard time,” the Rhode founder wrote. “But truthfully since 2023 started I have had some of the saddest, hardest moments I’ve ever had in my adult life and my mind and emotions have been fragile to say the least. And I know so many other people feel the same way I feel, so just know you’re not alone.”
In addition to the Gomez drama, Hailey and Justin have been dealing with various health issues over the past year. In March 2022, Hailey she suffered “stroke-like symptoms” and had to be hospitalized; in November she shared she had an ovarian cyst. In the summer of 2022, Justin had to cancel his tour after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome which caused partial facial paralysis from which he is slowly recovering.
Hailey and Justin have withdrawn from public events for the most part and Gomez eventually spoke up, asking her fans to end the harassment.
“Hailey Bieber reached out to me and let me know that she has been receiving death threats and such hateful negativity,” Gomez wrote via her Instagram Story. “This isn’t what I stand for. No one should have to experience hate or bullying. I’ve always advocated for kindness and really want this all to stop.”
The model then thanked the Only Murders in the Building star for saying something in her own Instagram Story.
“I want to thank Selena for speaking out, as her and I have been discussing the last few weeks how to move past this ongoing narrative between her and I,” she wrote. “The last few weeks have been very hard for everyone involved and millions of people are seeing so much hate around this which is extremely harmful. While social media is an incredible way to connect and build community, moments like this only create extreme division instead of bringing people together.
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