Uh oh, there may be trouble in teenage paradise ... Word on the street web is that pop star lovebirds Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are on the rocks big time. And that grim conclusion would seem to follow the fact that with the exception of Justin's concert in Minnesota a few days ago, the two haven't been pictured together in quite some time.
But it may or may not be cause for concern. Because, apparently, they "regularly come close to splitting," according to friend close to the couple who is dishing to RadarOnline.com. Mainly because "they can both be very jealous." But meanwhile, another source claims their relationship has become "more of a business deal than a romance" and Selena is only with Justin because he's "good for her brand."
The source says: "Selena and Justin's relationship isn't the fairytale romance they'd like their fans to believe it is. Justin's heart is with Selena because she's his first true love, but Selena is pretty much just riding out the relationship because she knows he's good for her image." Supposedly, "everyone in Selena's camp is aware of Justin's star power and is urging her to make it work with him."
Ouch! Sad. And at least a small step back for feminism, too, huh? Selena definitely doesn't need Justin to keep her career afloat.
But, wait, let's back up a sec. Is any of this really a news flash? This is an 18-year-old and 20-year-old's relationship we're talking about, after all. And oh yeah, they're celebrities.
Famous youngins have always been paired up and used as pawns in branding/publicity schemes ... For instance, there's serious speculation that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's entire relationship was built around the Twilight franchise -- or, at least, they've only just gotten back together recently for PR purposes. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were totally in Biebs' and Selena's shoes a few years back, and I'm sure Disney wasn't exactly upset about their on- and off-set love story adding extra interest to the High School Musical franchise. And oh yeah, remember Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears? The list goes on and on.
That said, whether their relationship's about their respective public images or not, let's hope these kids work it out and do whatever makes them happy. Growing up in the spotlight's hard enough. But falling in and out of love? You don't have to read the excruciating details Britney Spears' current trial to know that's gotta be even harder.
Do you think Justin and Selena's romance is just for show?
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