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Hailey Bieber Accused of Damage Control Ahead of Selena Gomez Documentary

Newsweek 9/27/2022 Ryan Smith
Hailey Bieber is pictured left on June 15, 2022, in New York City. Selena Gomez is pictured right on June 29, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. Justin Bieber is pictured inset on September 13, 2021, in New York City. In a new interview, Hailey Bieber has addressed whether Justin Bieber cheated on Selena Gomez with her. © THE HAPA BLONDE/GC Images;/Presley Ann/Getty Images for Rare Beauty;/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Image... Hailey Bieber is pictured left on June 15, 2022, in New York City. Selena Gomez is pictured right on June 29, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. Justin Bieber is pictured inset on September 13, 2021, in New York City. In a new interview, Hailey Bieber has addressed whether Justin Bieber cheated on Selena Gomez with her.

Hailey Bieber's decision to tell the "truth" about rumors her husband, Justin Bieber, cheated on Selena Gomez with her has sparked accusations that she is doing damage control.

In a new episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast, which is set to be released on Wednesday, Hailey Bieber, 25, is seen discussing her relationship with pop heartthrob Justin Bieber, 28, to whom she has been married since 2018.

"How has being married to someone with that level of fame impacted your identity?" host Alexandra Cooper asked the model, prompting her to respond: "Where do I start?"

The 55-second trailer then cut to a discussion about speculation that her relationship with Justin Bieber overlapped with his and Gomez's romance.

Gomez, 30, and Justin Bieber were first romantically linked in 2010, and went on to have an on-again, off-again relationship over a span of several years, before severing ties for good in March 2018.

Canadian-born "Sorry" crooner Justin Bieber began dating Hailey Bieber soon after, with the couple tying the knot in September 2018. Per Us Weekly, the pair previously had a brief relationship from December 2015.

The timing of the relationships led to a long-running assertion from fans that Justin Bieber had, at one point, dated both women at the same time—speculation which Hailey Bieber appears to address on the Call Her Daddy podcast.

"Your husband was in a very public relationship," Cooper said to Hailey Bieber on the podcast. "People were obsessed with them being together. Were you ever with Justin romantically at the same time as her?"

"Umm, this is so crazy," Hailey Bieber responded. "I've literally never talked about this, ever. A lot of the hate and the perpetuation comes from like, 'Oh, you stole him!' It's about people knowing the truth—because there's a truth."

When the trailer was shared on social media, a host of Twitter users questioned the timing of her interview, particularly as a trailer for Gomez's upcoming Apple+ documentary, My Mind and Me, was released last week.

Sam Wieder, Commerce Editor at BuzzFeed, wrote in a tweet that Gomez "is literally just living her life and thriving, why is this happening and who cares especially after all these years."

Commented another: "And OF COURSE Hailey is trying to clear their reputation before Selena's documentary I wonder why... anyways my mind and me out november 4th don't forget to tune in. no selena no clout!"

"I find it amusing how they are trying to make themselves look better right before selena releases #MyMindAndMe and finally spills the truth," said another.

"#MyMindAndMe is coming and they know it," read another comment amid the wave of reactions.

Said another detractor: "going on a podcast to get your 'truth' out about your 4 year marriage right before someone releases an appletv+ documentary about their entire life is weird and tacky."

A host of other fans attempted to divert attention to the upcoming release of Gomez's documentary by flooding the post with the film's trailer.

Newsweek has reached out to representatives of Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Hailey Bieber for comment.

My Mind and Me, directed by Alex Keshishian and set to be released on November 4, covers the ups and downs of Gomez's career and personal life over the past six years.

While no mention is made of Justin Bieber in the trailer, the fact that the timeline covered spans her breakup with the singer has led to anticipation she will go into detail about their breakup and, possibly, his subsequent marriage.

"My Mind and Me. We don't get along sometimes and it gets hard to breathe," Gomez wrote as she shared the trailer on Instagram. "But I wouldn't change my life."

"After years in the limelight, Selena Gomez achieves unimaginable stardom. But just as she reaches a new peak, an unexpected turn pulls her into darkness," read an Apple TV+ teaser. "This uniquely raw and intimate documentary spans her six-year journey into a new light."

Only Murders in the Building star Gomez has endured a number of struggles in recent years, including a kidney transplant in 2017 and her struggles with lupus. In 2020, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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