HER HEALTH CRISIS BRINGS THEM BACK TOGETHER
After her life-changing kidney transplant, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reconnect LIFEANDSTYLEMAG.COM
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.