Justin Bieber brought back an old favorite date of his: going biking with his partner and letting the paparazzi shoot it. The Biebs was photographed sharing a bike with his wife Hailey Baldwin on Saturday. His footwear choice was interesting: yellow Crocs with socks. Baldwin wore white sweats with a black beanie; the Biebs wore a yellow t-shirt with shorts.
This isn’t the Biebs’ first big bicycling outing with a significant other. Two years ago, Bieber and Gomez were photographed biking together (on separate vehicles) back when they first started dating again for the last time. They showed a little PDA after, when they were off the bikes. That photo of them smiling while riding was one frequently used by the media whenever outlets reported on Gomez and Bieber’s dates that fall. Ultimately, the Biebs and Gomez stopped dating at the end of March 2018. (They were reportedly on a break turned breakup.) Bieber started dating Baldwin in June 2018, got engaged to her in July 2018, and got married to her in September 2018.
Gomez spoke about what it was like for her to take all that in while promoting her new breakup songs “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now” last month. It was hard initially, but she’s through that now. When asked by Ryan Seacrest about her “Lose You to Love Me” lyric, “You turned me down, and now it’s showing / In two months you replaced us / Like it was easy,” she said she was used to the feeling of being replaced fast. (Bieber dated a lot of other girls during his 10-year on-off relationship with Gomez.)
“Yeah, I think you know, I’m really grateful too because I’ve actually experienced that a million times before,” she started. “And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. So it’s all very real to me, and I’m sure it’s just entertainment for other people, but I just—I think I had become numb to it, and it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, and that’s everything I claim to be and do [being authentic]. I know there are thousands of people, men and women, who have felt this feeling, and it’s extremely real, and on top of the social media and everything, it doesn’t matter if you’re in my position or if you’re in someone’s because you’re always going to somehow find this negative space. It’s just that’s what—that’s why I have to be careful, and I just have to take steps back and just focus on what I’m doing and no one else.”
Gomez said that now, she’s in a much different place and essentially over it. “I wrote this song, over a year ago, ‘Lose You to Love Me.’ And it’s like I feel completely different from when I wrote it so it’s such an interesting feeling….it’s also more beautiful for me because I know exactly where I was when I wrote it and how I felt.”