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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Selena Gomez attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were once an "it" couple with scores of"Jelena" fans following their every move, but the duo split in 2018. Bieber has thoroughly moved on with his now-wife, Hailey, while Gomez seemed to take the breakup a bit more personally, penning some bitter lyrics about her ex — but now she's changed her tune.
Gomez doesn't often talk about her ex directly, but the singer told The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast that after her split from Bieber, she did a lot of "soul-searching" and "learning." She admitted that the breakup was "really hard," since she was also struggling with kidney problems and issues from her lupus.
Luckily, Gomez was able to find the silver lining. "Being on the other side of it, I have to be honest; it's actually been really good for me," she confessed. "It allowed me to develop a character where I don't tolerate any sort of nonsense or disrespect in any way, and I'm really proud of how I came out of it."
Gomez has spoken about her split with Bieber on occasion, including in 2020. In an interview with NPR, the singer said, "It's dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I'm not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse." When NPR asked Gomez if she was referring to emotional abuse, she said, "Yes."