Selena Gomez on Justin Bieber: ‘I’ll Forever Support Him and Love Him’

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Selena Gomez isn’t done talking about Justin Bieber just yet.

Even though she insists she’s totally over the whole #Jelena thing, the “Good for You” singer is still speaking about her on-and-off relationship with the pop star and so-called “reformed” bad boy. In Gomez’s latest cover story for Elle, the 23-year-old (once again) opens up about Bieber, telling the publication they’re “genuinely” just friends now.

“I’ll forever support him and love him in a way that… We grew up together. I think people want it to be different,” she says, telling the reporter that there was just too much drama for the both of them to handle. “We’re too young for that. Nobody was married. There was no… I respect him. And I think he respects me, in a healthy manner.”

[Liz Collins for ELLE]

Though she says she doesn’t know if she’ll reconcile with Bieber for the umpteenth time, Gomez does confirm she’s back on the dating scene again. Admitting that she previously did have a “thing” with Zedd, Gomez says “finding somebody is not my main focus.”

“I’ve dated people. I’ve been on a few dates, which is really exciting. But I’ve never wanted to get into anything serious, because I kind of did that. I have my guard up,” she explains. “I like to meet people in organic settings. Hanging out with a group of people and meeting through mutual people.”

[Liz Collins for ELLE]

However, Gomez understands that people will still be interested in talking about her relationship with Bieber. According to her BFF Taylor Swift, Gomez is now trying to move beyond the label of someone’s ex-girlfriend to focus on her upcoming album, Revival, and own identity.

“[Seeing her] take ownership of her life and her creative decisions in a new way has been a really beautiful thing to watch,” Swift tells the magazine. “It isn’t easy for her to put herself out there, knowing that a lot of the media will try and twist her lyrics into a headline about her ex-boyfriend. She doesn’t care anymore. Now she knows that good music rises above and outlasts the weekly cycle of ridiculous headlines. We talk about this all the time. What ultimately matters is helping someone you’ve never met go through a hard time because you articulated how they feel in your music.”

The heart wants what it wants, indeed.

[Liz Collins for ELLE]