Actress-singer Selena Gomez has finally broken her silence about her alleged feud with supermodel Hailey Bieber. On Friday, Gomez took to Instagram Story and shared a message after learning about the immense criticism Hailey has been receiving.
“Hailey Bieber reached out to me and let me know that she has been receiving death threats and such hateful negativity. This isn’t what I stand for. No one should have to experience hate or bullying. I’ve always advocated for kindness and really want all of this to stop,” Gomez urged her fans and followers. Gomez also started following Hailey on Instagram in a show of support.
This isn’t the first time Gomez is trying to get her fans to stop trolling Hailey, although this is her first time she explicitly referred to Hailey by name. On March 6, Selena thanked fans for their support on her TikTok and added, “Please, please be kinder and consider others mental health. My heart has been heavy, and I only want good for everyone. All my love.”
Hailey also took to her Instagram story and thanked Selena. She wrote, “I want to thank Selena for speaking out, as her and I have been discussing the last few weeks how to move past this ongoing narrative between her and I. The last few weeks have been very hard for everyone involved and millions of people are seeing so much hate around this which is extremely harmful. While social media is an incredible way to connect and build community, moments like this only create extreme division instead of bringing people together,” she wrote.
She continued, “Things can always be taken out of context or construed differently than they were intended. We all need to be more thoughtful about what we post and what we say, including myself. In the end, I believe love will always be bigger than hate and negativity, and there is always an opportunity to meet each other with more empathy and compassion.”
Reportedly, the feud between Hailey and Gomez started when the Rhode Skin founder appeared to bully the Heart Wants What It Wants singer online. A few months ago, Hailey posted and then deleted a video where she, Kendall Jenner and Justine Skye mouthed the audio, “I’m not saying she deserved it, but God’s timing is always right.” TikTok users surmised that Bieber was referring to Gomez, who, at the time, had just responded to being fat-shamed.
The beef between the two celebrities dates back to 2018 when Hailey Bieber got engaged to Justin Bieber just months after he ended his relationship with Gomez, whom he dated on and off for eight years.