When it was announced that Selena Gomez would be releasing a new video, an obvious question arose. Could there be any nods to her recently rekindled romance? Well, if you're looking for Justin Bieber references in Selena Gomez's "Wolves" video, you may find yourself more than a little disappointed. For the majority of the video, which dropped exclusively on Apple Music on Friday, Nov. 17, Gomez is seen wandering around an empty pool. There's no love interest present, or a Bieber lookalike, or even any friends hanging out with her. But honestly, she's capable of carrying the video all on her own.
Still, if you've got Bieber fever and you're looking for any bit of Jelena-related hope to cling to, a few of the lyrics in Gomez's "Wolves" sure seem to apply to her current relationship with the Biebs. As she sings in the track,
"I've been running through the jungle
I've been running with the wolves
To get to you, to get to you
I've been down the darkest alleys
Saw the dark side of the moon
To get to you, to get to you"
While the couple hasn't yet confirmed their relationship status with words, Bieber and Gomez were spotted kissing earlier this week. And if this does indeed mean that they're officially back together, the lyrics of running through the wild to wind up together couldn't be more applicable. The pair has gone through quite a lot individually since their most recent breakup in 2015. Gomez even had an entire relationship with The Weeknd, and Bieber dated other people as well.
Another chunk of Gomez's "Wolves" lyrics that could fit their rekindled romance emphasizes a past together, which these two certainly have. She sings,
"I wanna feel the way that we did that summer night (night)
Drunk on a feeling, alone with the stars in the sky"
That could mean that through all of the ups and downs, she wound up missing the way she felt with him.
For a song that's very clearly about some sort of lover, it's interesting that the video shows Gomez all by her lonesome. She's walking around an empty pool that gives off serious Gossip Girl vibes, as Bustle writer Taylor Ferber points out with scene-by-scene comparisons. You know, the episode where they break into the school pool to throw a party?
Even if it doesn't feature any Bieber references or cameos, that doesn't mean the fans who have seen the video aren't loving it. (Others are a little frustrated that it's only on Apple Music at the moment.)
If you can't watch the video yet, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the song — which is already on YouTube on its own as a single. The full video is set to release everywhere after the 24-hour exclusive window ends. That means by Saturday, Nov. 18, you'll likely be able to watch the video everywhere.
The video release is the perfect way to build hype for Gomez's upcoming American Music Awards performance on Sunday, which will be her first time performing live since she underwent a kidney transplant this summer. Basically, she's back and better than ever with a new video and a major performance.
Regardless of what figurative "wolves" Gomez has been running from in the past, she may have finally reached her destination — and that seems like it's a sense of peace, whether with Bieber or in solitude (as she finds herself in the video). And no, in case you were wondering, there aren't any wolves in the video either. No Bieber, no wolves, but you do get to see Gomez in all her glory.