For all the die-hard Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez shippers out there eager for even the slightest possible mention of Jelena, the Biebs just straight delivered in his "What Do You Mean" music video. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment (hence the reason it took the Internet several days after its release to discover this), Bieber's "What Do You Mean" vid features a Selena Gomez reference at the 4:11 mark.
As a skateboarder does his thing on a ramp, you can clearly see "Selena" scrawled on the wall behind him in hot pink and white graffiti. And though Bieber spends the majority of the music video getting steamy with someone who is decidedly not Gomez, it's not like the "Selena" graffiti was exactly written — or included in the video — by accident. In fact, the reference is probably/totally confirmation of who "What Do You Mean" is about. You sneaky sneak, Justin Bieber!
Let's examine the evidence.
First things first, even before the music video came out, pretty much everyone everywhere was speculating that this track was about Gomez. The lyrics alone are telling enough: "What do you mean?/ When you shake your head yes/ But you want to say no/ What do you mean?" If you're well-versed in the many back-and-forths and ups-and-downs of the Jelena relationship, that is. Since the world was already all prepped for JB's new jam to be about Gomez, one can only assume that the "Selena" graffiti confirms it.
On top of that, there's the fact that the "What Do You Mean" vid is the second video in a row of Bieber's to make references to his ex-lady. Because to tell you the truth, the first thing I thought of when I saw the Gomez reference in this video was just how freaking similar it was to the many Gomez mentions in Bieber's "Where Are U Now" video. Though all of the art in the video was drawn by fans and not the Biebs himself, these didn't have to be included in the video, and yet they were. Examples include the words "Where R [U] Now, Selena?" scrawled across the screen next to Bieber and a drawing of Bieber saying, "I miss you Selena!" Subtle.
Of course, both of these music videos (and their subtle/maybe not-so-subtle Selena Gomez references) seem to be in response to Gomez's super poignant "The Heart Wants What It Wants" video, in which the singer seemingly gets seriously candid about her relationship with Bieber, revealing some immensely difficult and honest truths. From her tearful opening monologue ("I know him though and I know his heart, and I know he wouldn't do it to hurt me") to the all-too-telling chorus ("Save your advice 'cause I won't hear/ You might be right but I don't care/ There's a million reasons why I should give you up/ But the heart wants what it wants"), Gomez laid it all out there on the table. Maybe this is just Bieber's way of doing the same.