Fans noticed that Gomez took down the birthday tribute she posted to him in March 2018. It was her way of going Instagram official with him then after they rekindled their seven-year on-off romance at the end of October 2017. The two went on a break shortly after the birthday post, which became a fully-fledged breakup at the end of March 2018.
Then, Bieber started dating Hailey Baldwin in June, got engaged to her in July, and married her in September 2018. Gomez never commented publicly on Bieber and Baldwin's relationship. (Interestingly, Gomez has not taken down the two Instagrams she posted of her and previous boyfriend The Weeknd during the ten months they dated.)
Gomez's birthday tribute to Bieber was subtle confirmation of their relationship at the time. "March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom," she wrote.
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A source told People in July that Gomez and Bieber's relationship became pretty toxic at the end, and they hadn't spoken in months. “Their relationship was always very complex and complicated," the source said. "It was just too much baggage. It was like their past tainted everything. It wasn’t possible for them to have a future.”
In August, a source told Entertainment Tonight that Gomez's friends didn't approve of her and Bieber. "Selena is such a catch, and her friends want her to be with someone who's worthy of her," its source said. "They really didn't like Justin and her together. He didn't appreciate what he had in her."
And in September, after Baldwin and Bieber's courthouse wedding, a source told Us Weekly that their getting married was a "tough pill" for Gomez to swallow initially, but "it wasn't enough to break her."
Sources said across tabloids that when he and Baldwin first got engaged, Gomez was unbothered. One told E! that "Selena knows that Justin makes rash decisions but wishes them both the best. She is truly focused on herself and Justin is no longer a topic of conversation in her life."
Bieber, meanwhile, has very publicly commented about Gomez since their breakup and his and Baldwin's wedding. In one Instagram comment he wrote this March that he posted on his Instagram Story, Bieber explained that while he loves Gomez, Baldwin was the woman he chose to commit to.
He wrote, "I absolutely loved and love Selena she will always hold a place in my heart, but I am head over heels in love with my wife and she is absolutely the BEST THING that has ever happened to me period....This is a reply to all immature sick people who send Hailey hurtful messages like ' he always goes back to Selena' or 'Selena is better for him' YOU HAVE NO IDEA MY LIFE AND WHATs good for me. Hailey is my Bride period if you don’t like that or support that that means you don’t support me and if you don’t support me your not a fan nor a good person."