The fanmade feud between Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez has escalated to extreme heights over the past few months, with the backlash against Bieber getting so bad that she now says she’s “scared” to have children. In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the model explained that while she “wants kids so bad” with husband Justin, she worries they may eventually become the target of online vitriol. “I literally cry about this all the time,” she said. “It’s enough that people say things about my husband or my friends. I can’t imagine having to confront people saying things about a child.”
Gomez is, of course, Justin’s ex, and the fact that she and Hailey dated him back-to-back has generated endless speculation about a beef between the women. Both have denied the rumors and even posed for a photo together last fall in an attempt to squash the drama. But that hasn’t stopped the fans who decided in February that the two were fighting again — this time after they decided Hailey had taken a swipe at Gomez’s eyebrows in her Instagram Stories. While even Gomez said there was no drama, the post nonetheless spurred weeks of intense bullying, with critics leaving negative comments on Hailey’s page and even chanting “Fuck Hailey Bieber” during one of Justin’s concerts in March. Shortly after that incident, Gomez herself stepped in: “Hailey Bieber reached out to me and let me know that she has been receiving death threats,” she wrote in an Instagram Story, explicitly asking her fans to stop. Hailey thanked Gomez for speaking out, later writing on Instagram that she had experienced “some of the saddest, hardest moments” of her life and that her “mind and emotions have been fragile” because of it.
Bieber also told the Sunday Times about how people’s “assumptions” had influenced her decision to open up publicly about the ministroke she suffered in 2022. “Sometimes I do just want to curl up and be a hermit, like, If this is how people feel maybe I should just stay home. But I’m really not that kind of person,” she told the outlet. On the subject of children, the model continued, “We can only do the best we can to raise them. As long as they feel loved and safe.”