Selena Gomez may be tight-lipped about her current relationship status with Justin Bieber, but her new music video, "The Heart Wants What It Wants," puts it all out there.
The clip debuted early Thursday morning and the emotional track, in which the 22-year-old sheds tears and shares her heartache over a tumultuous relationship, is about her real-life on-again, off-again boyfriend of four years, starting with a teary phone exchange at the top of the song.
"When I was on stage and I was thinking... I felt like I know him though and I know his heart and I know what he wouldn't do to hurt me," she is heard saying. "But I didn't realize that feeling so confident and feeling so great about myself and then it just be completely shattered by one thing."
She then breaks down into tears as she calls all out the guy, saying, "By something so stupid. But then you make me feel crazy. You make me feel like it's my fault. I was in pain."
The phone call ends and then Gomez is at a party where she meets up with a man – older than Bieber with better facial hair and fewer tattoos – and sings about his mistreatment of her:
The bed's getting cold and you're not here
The future that we hold is so unclear
But I'm not alive until you call
And I'll bet the odds against it all
Save your advice 'cause I won't hear
You might be right but I don't care
There's a million reasons why I should give you up
But the heart wants what it wants
The close-up shots of a lonely looking Gomez singing the chorus show tears running down her face as she stares into the camera.
At another point, Gomez sings about them having a "modern fairytale," but notes that there are "no happy endings." She adds, "I can't imagine a life without breathless moments breaking me down." A montage of sweet, sexy, and romantic moments of the couple flash as she sings. However, the guy, who often ignores her, is seen drinking with his pals and not giving her his full attention.
The last shot of the video is of a teary Gomez holding up her hand to her face and then turning her head, seemingly shy about revealing such a personal thing. "The heart wants what it wants" repeats.
The title of Gomez's song is a line we've heard several times. While it originates from an 1862 Emily Dickinson letter ("The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care," she wrote, explaining to someone why she penned poetry), its reuse by Woody Allen is perhaps even more memorable. Interviewed in 2001 about his recently exposed relationship with girlfriend Mia Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi, he told Time magazine, "The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to those things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that's that." Gulp. No word on whether Gomez is familiar with either use.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, she confirmed the song and video - which was shot over a year ago - were about Bieber.
“I think the biggest problem I had this year, even with [Justin], is identity… I was trying to figure out what I’m doing. It was the first time I was constantly being kicked down," she said of the scrutiny they faced. "I made some decisions that weren't great. So did he. We went through that to only make us better."
Yes, she said "us." So is that tumultuous part of her life over?
"I think in a lot of ways," she replied. "I'm just at peace now... I don't know what the future holds - and that's exactly what I say in the song."
She also said that he has watched it, sharing, "He thought it was beautiful."
What is her relationship like now with Justin these days? It seems good, but she kept things vague.
“I support him. I think I always will. I’m upset when he’s upset. I’m happy when he’s happy. I don’t want anything ever to happen to him bad. It hurts me. That’s all," Selena said.
Gomez's motto when it comes to her romance with Bieber could just be "The Heart Wants What It Wants." Together since 2010, when he was just 16, they have been on and off for years. Most recently, they started spending time together again in August, cute Instagram photos and all. However, their careers keep taking them on different paths – and he is often out partying with his entourage, not unlike the guy in Gomez's video.
In recent weeks, they haven't been spotted together and he hasn't posted anything about her video, or the apparent depiction of him, on social media so far.
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