Selena Gomez made it crystal clear this week that she will tolerate no disparagement of Hailey Bieber from her fans.
The pop star responded to the model’s most recent tell-all interview on the podcast Call Her Daddy, during which she revealed that to this day she still receives hateful comments from Gomez’s fans accusing her of “stealing” the singer’s ex-boyfriend and her current husband of four years, Justin Bieber. In a TikTok Live on Thursday, Gomez said in response to the podcast, “It’s not fair because no one should ever be spoken to in the manner that I’ve seen,” going on to call out anyone who supports her but has been saying those types of “vile and disgusting” things about Hailey. “If you support Rare, I cannot thank you enough, but know that you are also representing what it means,” the Only Murders in the Building star added, referring to her makeup brand, Rare Beauty. “And that is: Words matter. Truly matter.” She also noted how “ironic” it is that these very trolls are also the same people supporting her and her mental health initiatives as she is “all about kind words.” Gomez concluded, “I hope that you understand that this is much bigger than anything else.”
In the podcast interview, Hailey explained that ever since she and Justin got engaged a few months after he and Gomez officially ended their relationship for good, she has been subjected to an endless tirade of abuse from the singer’s fans. Gomez and Bieber dated on-and-off for eight years before finally calling things off in 2018. The model clarified, “I can say, period, point blank, I was never with him when he was in a relationship with anybody—that’s the end of it.” She continued, “You’re not obligated to like me, but I believe that no matter what, there can always be mutual respect between people. To me that means, you don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to like me, but you don’t have to say anything either.”
And in terms of Gomez’s fans, “A lot of the hate, and the perpetuation, comes from the misperception, ‘Oh, you stole him,’” she explained. “It comes from the fact that they wished he had ended up with someone else and that’s fine. You can wish that all you want but that’s just not the case.” The Rhode founder went on to say that despite how warped things have gotten due to those types of social media attacks, things between the two stars are actually totally fine. Hailey also added that she has “no expectations” that Gomez will come to her defense in all this. She said, “If that was something she felt was necessary, that would be amazing. But I just respect her. There’s no drama, personally.”