Selena Gomez has addressed the situation with Hailey Bieber for the first time

"This isn't what I stand for."

Selena Gomez
(Image credit: Amy Sussman / Getty)

For the last few weeks, social media has been awash with videos, theories and speculation that there are some unresolved issues between Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber

It all started when Hailey shared an Instagram story with Kylie Jenner, with the pair comparing eyebrows - and the fandoms interpreted this as a 'shady' dig at Selena. What ensued was an onslaught of social media content dissecting Selena and Hailey's every move and claiming there is an ongoing issue between them. Much of this was aimed at Hailey, claiming that she was a 'bully', and Kylie and her sister, Kendall, were also dragged into it - and if you need a brief explainer, you can read about it here

Selena's absence from the Oscars this year fanned the flames, and netizens appeared to be taking sides with Hailey losing millions of Instagram followers, while Selena became the first woman to have over 400 million followers on the platform.

However, the Only Murders in the Building star has now addressed the situation publicly for the first time.

Writing a message to her fans on Instagram stories, Selena confirmed that Hailey had reached out to her and shared that she had been concerned about the death threats the Rhode skincare founder was receiving. 

She wrote: "Hailey Bieber reached out to me and let me know that she has been receiving death threats and such hateful negativity.

"This isn't what I stand for. No one should have to experience hate or bullying.

Selena Gomez Hailey Bieber

(Image credit: Selena Gomez / Instagram)

"I've always advocated for kindness and really want all of this to stop."

Up until now, neither Hailey nor Selena have addressed the online furore. At one of Justin Bieber's recent surprise gigs, the crowd was heard chanting 'f*ck Hailey', and shortly afterwards the singer uploaded a photo of his wife, writing: "Luv u baby."

At the time of writing, Hailey has not commented on Selena's post.

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.