Selena Gomez's on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber is always splashed across the headlines, but in her new emotional video for "The Heart Wants What It Wants," the 22-year-old singer expresses her own intense pain when talking about a tumultuous relationship.
The video opens with Gomez getting ready to go out and we hear audio of that appears to be coming from a phone call. Though she doesn't mention Bieber by name, she does reference that it's a guy that's done her wrong.
"When I was on stage and I was thinking of ...I felt like I know him though and I know his heart and I know he wouldn't do anything to hurt me," she says. "But I didn't realize that feeling so confident and feeling so great about myself ...and then it just be completely shattered by one thing."
That's when she begins to cry uncontrollably. "By something so stupid, but then you make me feel crazy. You make me feel like it's my fault," she says through sobs. "I was in pain."
Scenes throughout the video show Gomez at a party beside her man as he ignores her and pays attention to his friends. Her look of loneliness continues as she sings the chorus with tears in her eyes.
The lyrics to the track are just as emotional. Gomez sings:
The bed's getting cold and you're not here
The future that we hold is so unclear
But I'm not alive until you call
And I'll bet the odds against it all
Save your advice 'cause I won't hear
You might be right but I don't care
There's a million reasons why I should give you up
But the heart wants what it wants
Upon the release of the video, Gomez also posted a screengrab of an Instagram comment she made talking about finding "your purpose." It reads:
Also, in a rather candid interview with Ellen DeGeneres this past month, Gomez did admit that she's still a work in progress. "You know this year's been... I feel like I have been doing this so long that people tend to forget that they're all like, 'be yourself, be yourself', and I'm still trying to figure out who that is."
She added, "So, I know I’m not perfect, but I know I have a lot of people that support me and love me. I don't know, I don't want to let anyone down. So I just try to be the best I can be. It's awkward being 20."
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