Following the premiere of "Lose You To Love Me," it didn't take long for fans to flood Twitter with theories regarding the song's lyrics -- specifically, how they are possibly filled with references to her former flame.
Some fans think the song is about Gomez moving on from their failed relationship -- which ended quite some time ago -- or that the new track is about her coming to terms with Bieber's marriage to Hailey Bieber.
i needed to lose you to find me,— KEARI (@knikuly) October 23, 2019
i needed to hate to love me,
in two months you replaced us,
and now the chapter is closed and done
MY JELENA HEART!!!! 💔
#LoseYouToLoveMe music video got me like 😭💔This has taken a long process for Selena to close this chapter and to watch her and support her through everything you only want her to be happy. And it starts with her. The chapter is now closed. I’m so proud of you. @selenagomezpic.twitter.com/TiYDwpd8CS— ciera (@s3lenanerd) October 23, 2019
This, in turn, means the song has been interpreted by many as a savage burn towards Bieber, given the references in the track to a former lover who misled and hurt the narrator, which most fans assume is Gomez herself.
Some particularly accusatory lines in the new song include, "You promised the world and I fell for it/ I put you first and you adored it/ Set fires to my forest/ And you let it burn."
If you’ve followed @selenagomez for a while, you understand how much this new song and video means. It’s closure. It’s acceptance. It’s growth. It’s pain. It’s victory. It’s self love. #LoseYouToLoveMe— Haleigh Broucher (@haleighbroucher) October 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Jelena fans are pointing to a few lyrics specifically that they claim could be in reference to the "Sorry" singer, including, "I saw the signs and I ignored it/ Rose-colored glasses all distorted/ Set fire to my purpose/ And I let it burn." The connection being Bieber's most recent album, released in 2015, was also titled Purpose.
Additionally, one line that seems to really lend credence to the claims comes when Gomez sings, "You turned me down and now it's showing/In two months, you replaced us/Like it was easy."
Bieber and Gomez rekindled their romance in late 2017, immediately after she broke off her relationship with The Weeknd. Things went strong for Jelena 2.0 for a while, but they called it quits in March 2018. By July 2018, Bieber had gotten engaged to his future wife.
*Justin Bieber gets married*— BA🦋 (@BrookeAnne_15) October 23, 2019
*Selena sings, "I gave my all and they all know it
You turned me down, and now it's showing
In two months you replaced us
Like it was easy
Made me think I deserved it
And to think of healing"*#LoseYouToLoveMepic.twitter.com/Fg2FomdUwp
“Chapter is closed” “now it’s goodbye for us” my jelena heart is gone. Periodt. https://t.co/iVOjMNcEpM— Athina (@aathinaduyan) October 23, 2019
In a press release for the new track, Gomez vaguely addressed the impetus for the song, sharing, "This song was inspired by many things that have happened in my life since releasing my last album. I thought it was important to share the music, as I know many can relate to the fact that the road to self-discovery generally comes through the scars in one’s life."
Meanwhile, shortly after the release of the new song, Gomez shared a lengthy post to her Instagram story, thanking Jesus for giving her strength in challenging times.
"See the enemy keeps trying to tear me down and it's not gonna happen," Gomez wrote. "Not today. Not the next..."
For more on Gomez's new and upcoming music, check out the video below.