HER HEALTH CRI­SIS BRINGS THEM BACK TO­GETHER

After her life-chang­ing kid­ney trans­plant, Justin Bieber and Se­lena Gomez re­con­nect LIFEANDSTYLEMAG.COM

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He’s the last per­son she ex­pected to hear from. But after Se­lena Gomez made her bomb­shell an­nounce­ment on Sept. 14 that her battle with the au­toim­mune dis­ease lu­pus had led her to have a se­cret kid­ney trans­plant over the sum­mer, her wor­ried first love, Justin Bieber, reached out. Se­lena had long ago cut off all con­tact with him, so he called her mom, Mandy Teefey, 41, in­stead. “He was shocked” by the surgery news, says a source. “He called Mandy to find out what was go­ing on, and said he wanted to be there for Se­lena. Justin told Mandy he’s truly sorry for the way he treated Se­lena when they were dat­ing and that he’s grown up a lot since then.”

Justin and Se­lena hadn’t spo­ken in over a year. But after Se­lena’s mom let her daugh­ter know about the call, “Se­lena de­cided it was time to for­give Justin,” the source says. She texted him, an in­sider ex­clu­sively tells Life & Style, and ever since, “they’ve been tex­ting, talk­ing and even mak­ing plans to meet up. She’s happy some­thing pos­i­tive came out of this aw­ful sit­u­a­tion with her kid­ney trans­plant: It’s brought her and Justin back to­gether again.”

There’s noth­ing ro­man­tic go­ing on. But talk­ing as friends is a huge step for the pair, whose toxic on-off ro­mance made head­lines for years after they first started dat­ing in 2010. A lot has changed since they last split up. Se­lena, 25, spent time in re­hab to deal with is­sues in­clud­ing anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, while Justin, 23, can­celed his tour this sum­mer and reded­i­cated him­self to his Chris­tian faith. “They’ve both re­al­ized life is too short to hold grudges,” says the source. Se­lena, adds the in­sider, “is telling friends she be­lieves she and Justin are adults now and can fi­nally be friends.”

But some pals aren’t so sure. “Justin caused her a lot of stress and heartache in the past,” says the in­sider. “Her friends feel Justin just isn’t good for her health, and they worry she might start to have ro­man­tic feel­ings for him again.” But Se­lena in­sists that talk­ing to him is help­ing her get clo­sure on the re­la­tion­ship, and they’ve dis­cussed meet­ing up in NYC at some point.

There’s one big ob­sta­cle to re­sum­ing a real friend­ship with her ex: her cur­rent boyfriend of nearly a year, The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tes­faye), 27. He has no idea they’ve dis­cussed meet­ing, and “he can be ex­tremely jeal­ous,” says the in­sider. “Se­lena doesn’t want to jeop­ar­dize her re­la­tion­ship with The Weeknd,” says the source. “But she still cares about Justin as a per­son and wants to see him. She be­lieves it’s im­por­tant to for­give.”

Mov­ing Past the Drama “Se­lena and Justin have re­cently called and texted each other and have both apol­o­gized for their past ‘high school’ be­hav­ior,” says a source.

Pro­tec­tive Beau The Weeknd has been by Se­lena’s side through­out her surgery and re­cov­ery, and sources say he wouldn’t want her to meet up with Justin.

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