Model and skincare entrepreneur Hailey Bieber has continuously found herself in the hot seat over the past few months. From alleged cultural appropriation over the “brownie glazed lips” trend that she started on TikTok this fall to several social media posts that fans felt were shading her husband’s long time ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, her many controversial moves keep sparking conversation.
A recently resurfaced clip of Bieber making a disgusted facial expression when Taylor Swift was mentioned was the latest to go viral. Actress, musician, and now makeup entrepreneur Selena Gomez was previously in a highly publicized relationship with Justin Bieber for several years. A few months after their breakup, Bieber married his now wife, Hailey Baldwin. Gomez has remained quiet about the situation for years, and only recently discussed her relationship with Bieber’s toll on her mental health in her documentary My Mind and Me.
She’s showed her real colours, she’s so fake on tiktok 😒 #haileybieber #haileybaldwin #bully #taylorswift #swifttok #meangirls
Gomez was quick to defend Swift, as the pair are long time close friends.
Selena Gomez shows support for Taylor Swift under a resurfaced video of Hailey Bieber gagging after Taylor is mentioned. pic.twitter.com/uMl7VsgVq3
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 23, 2023
While the pair have attempted to bury the hatchet that fans had placed on them multiple times, new clips and mysterious hints on Bieber’s social media keep adding fuel to the fire. Following the release of Gomez’ documentary, which revealed her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and discussed her previous struggles with mental health and lupus, Bieber posted a video alongside Kendall Jenner and Justine Skye lip synching to an audio that said “god’s timing is always right.”
I always knew Hailey and Kendall were snakes #fyp
The video was quickly deleted after is sparked online backlash about its perceived insensitivity to the vulnerability of Gomez’ documentary. This all came after Bieber and Gomez posed for a photo together at the annual gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in October 2022. The photo was praised for its positive underlying message of women supporting women. Many Gomez fans and onlookers alike feel that Bieber continued to instigate the situation long after the pair appeared to publicly make amends at this event.
Selena Gomez reacted to that deleted Hailey Bieber TikTok that fans think was about her. https://t.co/NNmnS183j4 pic.twitter.com/4nWfMzBtfI
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) February 15, 2023
Shortly before the pair posed for the photo, Bieber appeared on Alex Cooper’s popular Call Her Daddy podcast, where her comments first turned heads about the Selena Gomez situation. Commenters felt that the release of the podcast episode just before Gomez’ documentary drop came across as “calculating.”
THIS WEDNESDAY. Hailey Bieber joins Call Her Daddy. For the first time ever, Hailey opens up about the public-generated controversy between her and her husband’s ex. Hailey makes it clear she wants to discuss this one time and one time only…on Call Her Daddy.
After years of walking on eggshells surrounding the press attention that has surrounded Justin Bieber’s relationships with both Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber, the events of the past few months have made everything come to a head. Pop culture aficionados and fans had a lot to say on the timeline of events and the resurfaced video of Hailey’s negative reaction to Taylor Swift.
the selena gomez drama (don’t even want to call it that bc it’s not her drama??) is so silly bc it’s so clearly one-sided and has been for years and it’s not coming from selena!
— irene anna (@enerianna) February 23, 2023
Hailey is being dubbed a “mean girl” across the internet today for her previous negative comments about women. Selena Gomez has remained focused on her own career, starring in Only Murders in the Building on Hulu, producing her documentary, releasing music, and founding Rare Beauty. Fans feel that Gomez is in the right for finally sticking up for herself amid the media circus that they feel Bieber continues to perpetrate.
Hailey spent years tormenting Selena when she was insecure & ignored all the subs but now that Selena remembers who she is, y’all don’t want her to get her lick back??? pic.twitter.com/EVWpURD1fG
— َ cam (@daachecker) February 23, 2023
Others feel that both women should just continue to ignore the continued digs at one another, as they appeared to move past it months ago.
why is she commenting on so many of these tiktoks featuring topics about hailey and/or justin?? and the fact that video is old as shit. selena pls this isn’t you https://t.co/pZggjumLF8 pic.twitter.com/7fkIXaOf9r
— bri. (@KUANGKAGE) February 23, 2023
Through it all, Selena is recognizing that this whole time, her power really is rare.