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Selena Gomez says she was victim of emotional abuse while dating Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez says her latest single details the

Selena Gomez says her latest single details the end of her relationship with Justin Bieber, adding "it's not a hateful song." Credit: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer

Selena Gomez says she endured emotional abuse under pop star Justin Bieber, with whom the singer-actress had a high-profile, on-again/off-again relationship through the early to mid-2010s.

Referring to her recently released single, "Lose You to Love Me" from her album "Rare," Gomez told NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday” that the song was a response to a relationship ending. "I felt I didn't get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said," the 27-year-old Gomez stated, according to an NPR transcript of the radio show.

"It's not a hateful song," she added, calling the relationship "something beautiful" that nonetheless "was very difficult and I'm happy it's over. And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it's done, and I understand that, and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter."

Host Lulu Garcia-Navarro said she assumed Gomez was speaking about Bieber, to which Gomez replied, "You had to get the name in, I get it."

Gomez — who suffers from lupus and whose travails in the four years since her previous album have included a kidney transplant and a widely reported emotional breakdown — said the split was not one of the harder things she has faced. "No, because I've found the strength in it," she told the host. "It's dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I'm not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse. …"

"You mean emotional abuse?" Garcia-Navarro asked.

"Yes," confirmed Gomez, "and I think that it's something that — I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I've ever felt and I've found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible."

Neither a management representative for Bieber nor his record-company representative responded to a Newsday request for comment. Gomez has made no additional public statements on the issue.

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