Is “We Don’t Talk Anymore” About Justin Bieber? The Story Behind Selena Gomez & Charlie Puth’s Track
As the world anxiously awaits Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez's duet "We Don't Talk Anymore," so much about the track already has people talking. First, there's the whole concept of the A-listers collaborating to begin with, which is pretty much an episode of "When Fandoms Collide." Then there is their adorable teaser vid that not only provided us with a snippet of the song, but also sparked those inevitable romance rumors. Then there's the intriguing title alone, which already has fans wondering if "We Don't Talk Anymore" is about Justin Bieber. Fortunately, the answer to that one is pretty simple: well, kind of.
First of all, the track was written by Puth, who undoubtedly did not have Bieber on his mind when he penned the tune. In fact, as Puth recently revealed, "We Don't Talk Anymore" was actually inspired by a friend going through a tough breakup.
"I remember a conversation I had had with my friend. He had just broken up with this girl, and I was like, 'So, are you going to talk to her anymore?’ And he was like, 'Nah, we don’t talk anymore,'" he told MTV about the origin of the song. "I was trying to cheer him up, so I did a dumb little face, and I was like, [singing] 'We don't talk anymore.' I was just trying to cheer him up, but it became a cool melody, and I realized that this guitar beat fit perfectly over it."
Still, "We Don't Talk Anymore" is not entirely without its references to Bieber — even if they were just in Gomez's head while she was singing on the track. In fact, Puth explained that Gomez could "relate to the song and the lyrical sentiment" because of her relationship with Bieber.
"I met up with Selena, and she went through a very public relationship, on and off, and she could just relate to the song and the lyrical sentiment," he noted. "I was playing the song for her, and she just started singing the second verse. I got chills. I was like, ’Oh my gosh, that sounds so real. You need to sing on it.’ And she said yes."
So there you have it. While "We Don't Talk Anymore" was not written with Bieber in mind, he still played a part in the song coming together.