The unexpected twist in one of Hollywood’s most talked about alleged feuds has sent social media into a frenzy.
Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin), 25, and Selena Gomez, 30, stunned fans by posing with each other’s arms for a series of cozy snaps at the star-studded second annual Academy Awards Gala.
One was shared on Instagram by photographer Tyrell Hampton, who summed it up perfectly with his caption, which simply read: “Plot twist.”
For those unfamiliar, the couple – along with both of their legions of fans – have reportedly been at loggerheads for years, amid claims that Hailey was a “wrecker” who “stole” now-husband Justin Bieber from his longtime life . Selena’s girlfriend.
Haley denies that there was any overlap in the relationship.
Justin and Hailey were first linked romantically in 2016, during a hiatus from his relationship with Selena, who he had been with since 2010.
In May 2018, Justin and Selena broke up for good. Just two months later, it became known that the singer proposed to Hailey, and the couple married in September 2018.
Needless to say, Hailey and Selena’s new photo quickly went viral, with shocked fans sharing their reactions on Twitter.
“It’s about letting people know the truth because the truth is out there,” she said.
“I avoided talking about many things for a long time. It’s so crazy, I’ve never talked about it.’
When asked directly if she was romantically involved with her current husband while he was with his ex-partner, Hayley was blunt.
“No, never,” she said.
“He was not in a relationship ever, at any point.
“It’s not in my nature to interfere in someone’s relationship – I would never do that. I was raised better than that. I’m not interested in it and never have been.
“Dot, dot, space.”
Hailey went on to explain how the rumors surrounding their “young” engagement were fueled by the public’s lack of knowledge about the actual timeline of their relationship.
“The only people who know the truth about what happened are me and him,” she told Cooper.
“I understand how it looks from the outside. We were very young when we got engaged – I was 21 years old, he was 24. Personally, I thought that I would not get married so young.
“The time was very fast. It was the right thing to do at the time.”
Hailey was then pressed on Justin’s eventual breakup with Selena, describing it as a “healthy, mature decision.”
“It closed a chapter and I think it was the best thing that could have happened for him to move on,” she said.
“I know the reason we were able to get together was because it was completely closed.”
Hailey also revealed that she spoke to Selena after the wedding, saying that “there’s no drama personally” and that the discussion brought her “a lot of peace.”
“She [Gomez] I don’t owe anything,” she said.
“I have a lot of respect for her.”
Originally published as “Plot twist”: why the photo of Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber “broke the Internet”