Selena Gomez Heavily Hinted Her New Song Is About Her Split From Justin Bieber And Him Moving On With Hailey

    She went on to describe how she felt at being "replaced" when the subject of the song moved on so publicly and so soon after their split.

    Earlier this week, Selena Gomez caused quite the stir when she dropped her new single, "Lose You to Love Me".

    The song is an emotional ballad about healing after a traumatic breakup and has so far been incredibly well received by fans. Within 24 hours of its release, it had debuted at No. 2 on the Global Spotify Chart, with 6 million streams.

    And over on YouTube, the video for the song has so far racked up 44 million views.

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    However, the song's release hasn't been without controversy. In fact, within minutes of it dropping, people immediately made the link between its lyrics and Selena's ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

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    Selena and Justin have had a long and complex history. They initially began dating in 2010, split in 2012, reconciled a few weeks later before calling it quits in January 2013. They then reunited for a few months at a time in each of 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    In late November 2017, they surprised everyone by getting back together again, before finally breaking up for good in March 2018.

    There was this lyric, which cleverly name-dropped Justin's album, Purpose, which was widely believed to be about Selena.

    As well as this one, which implied that the subject of the song is also a singer.

    This verse implied Selena was singing about a relationship she'd gone back to several times, which of course screamed Jelena.

    But most tellingly, there was this lyric about how she'd been "replaced" in "two months".

    Many peopled immediately saw the connection to Justin here — he got together with Hailey Baldwin around two months after splitting from Selena, before proposing in June 2018 and then marrying her that September.

    Well, in a brand-new interview, Selena appears to have confirmed that the song is indeed about Justin, after revealing when it was written.

    Speaking on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Selena said: "I wrote this song over a year ago. I feel completely different from when I wrote it."

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    She added: "It’s more beautiful for me because I know exactly where I was when I wrote it and how I felt.”

    And when asked whether she could have "released it in the moment", Selena answered with an emphatic "no". She said: "No. Absolutely not. That wouldn't have happened. It took me a long time to get through it."

    Selena and Justin split in March 2018, and she hasn't dated anybody that we know of since. So, by that timescale, all signs point to Justin as the subject of the song.

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    Selena also went on to rule out that the track was about any of the relationships she had prior to her reunion with Justin in 2017.

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    She said: "I was gonna release [the album] two years ago, and none of the words that I'm speaking now [in this song] would have existed. So taking a moment to actually feel the feelings that I've gone through — I'm so grateful."

    Ryan then probed Selena on the lyric about being "replaced" in "two months", asking her how it felt to see the subject of the song in a new relationship so publicly and so soon after their split.

    "That's the unfortunate part of what I do," Selena said. "It's all very real to me, and I'm sure it's entertainment for other people. I think I had become numb to it. It would have been stupid of me to not acknowledge how I felt."

    And Selena went on to say that she's now in a much better place having healed from the split — something the rest of the album reflects.

    "All I know is that these two songs were me wrapping up a chapter in a pretty little bow," she said. "The rest of the album is just all about where I am now and where I'm going. These are great songs, but I've saved the best for later."

    You can watch Selena Gomez's full interview here.

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    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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