There are only five days left until Justin Bieber's upcoming album, Purpose, hits iTunes and every streaming site known to man, and Bieber is doing tons of promo for the album — getting real with his fans and getting real with his interviewers. That, of course, includes Ellen DeGeneres, whose show the pop star has been on so many times that he may as well be considered a cohost at this point. On Monday, Bieber opened up about Selena Gomez, and whether or not there's any chance that the two might get back together after the tumultuous on-off relationship the two had engaged in between 2010 and 2014. Those of you who breathed a sigh of relief when the relationship seemed to come to a definitive end with the release of Gomez's "The Heart Wants What It Wants" should be nervous all over again, because Bieber says there's always a chance for the couple.
"We have a lot of history together, so it could possibly happen," he said when asked by DeGeneres if a reunion was in the cards. "I think we're both just on our own journeys, figuring ourselves out, and once we've figured ourselves out we could maybe come together and make an awesome duo. Or she'll find someone awesome and I'll find someone awesome. I just want her to be happy, honestly." First of all, awwww. Second of all, despite the great strides that Bieber has made as a person (storming off stages and yelling at fans for clapping off-beat aside), I'm still not sure if a Jelena reunion is the best thing in the world for either of them.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not denying the fact that Bieber and Gomez came out of their relationship as stronger people. With the release of Revival, Gomez let the world get to know her musically in a way that she never had before, opening up about her personal struggles with her looks, her personality, and her medical diagnosis of lupus that had her fighting through a recovery that was marred by criticism and hate. With the upcoming release of Purpose, Bieber is letting the world get to know him musically in a way he never has before, opening up about his struggles with fame, his acknowledgement of the many, many, many mistakes that he has made over the years, and his promise to his fans and to himself that this is the final apology that he will have to make because he can and will do better. Both of them have matured so much in the last year, have taken risks they probably never thought they could before, and have grown so much as people that I can understand why Bieber thinks they might have grown enough to make a relationship work.
However, it is because of that maturation that i think the two of them are still wrong for each other. They have history together, yes, but it was built during a tumultuous period in their lives during which they were all wrong for each other, in which they hurt each other, in which they were both dealing with a lot personally that made them unable to make a relationship work. It takes a lot more than just a year and one album for the two of them to work past all the issues that made their relationship suffer and be right for each other — if ever. It could be all too easy for them to decide that they're "better" now and get back together only to devolve right back into encouraging the worst in each other, or fall back into old habits that caused their relationship to crash and burn. Gomez and Bieber are still growing, still learning, and they need to do that apart for a few years at least before they try to make it work again.
Bieber himself seems to recognize that rather than putting absolute faith in the fact that they'll get back together, and that's the best outlook to have on the situation. They can be important to one another without being in a romantic relationship. In fact, I think that's the best thing for this volatile pair. Check out the full interview below.