Those hopeful squeals of elation you're hearing are coming from tweens worldwide who just read the TMZ report that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have broken up, more or less. Apparently their relationship has been on the fritz for a few months now and their current status is "tenuous" and not at all solid. Ruh, roh.
If they are, in fact, about to call it quits, these two had a good run -- they were together for about a year and a half. They had some good times (hello "Call Me Maybe" lip sync!) and some bad times (Justin may have sexted with Vanessa Hudgens!) but now, they're probably through.
When an 18-year-old boy and a 20-year-old girl break up, it's sad, it's unfortunate, and it's predictable. For Selena and Justin a split was a matter of when, not if, and it sounds like their dark day has finally, and inevitably, arrived.
But just because it was predictable doesn't make it any less heartbreaking. I'm sure Justin and Selena are miserable right now, like any teen would be after a breakup, but they have a lot to look forward to, like, say, the rest of their lives. These kids are young, hot, and successful -- their next relationship will be different from this one because they'll be older and wiser.
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They'll have learned so much about what it's like to be with someone that they can't help but to apply that solid knowledge to their next relationship. And for that, their next love connection will be more adult.
Biebs and Selenes will find out that adult relationships are, like, waaaay cooler than teenage ones. With better understanding of how love works, and with more life-lessons learned, love connections become more mature, well-rounded, and fulfilling. The breakup may be agony now, but there's a big old bright light at the end of the tunnel.
And belieb it or not, that dark tunnel could've been even darker. Had Selena and Justin been engaged or married, there would've been lots of paperwork to file, lots of money to exchange, and lots of gifts to return. Getting engaged at 19 may work for some (I'm looking at you, Miley) but it's a tough road to travel.
One third of marriages where the bride is 18 or younger end in divorce within five years; 50 percent get a divorce within 10 years. People who marry after they're 25 are half as likely to divorce after 10 years than their teenage counterparts. Their divorce rate is around 24 percent.
Point is, Justin and Selena will be fine.
Now. Avoid any areas where tween girls hang out on your commute home. They're going to be in a Bieber fever frenzy over the splitsville news.
What was it like when you went through a breakup as a teen?
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