Selena Gomez turning Bieber break-up into new music; starts by covering Cry Me a River
Selena Gomez performed at a private UNICEF benefit Jan. 19 in New York City and, in keeping with the night's theme of the rights and welfare of children, SelGo couldn't help but address one of the greatest disasters of our modern age, an event that has left countless youth distraught, depressed -- and, depending on how many magazine cut-outs they had to tear out of their lockers -- riddled with paper cuts: Her break-up from Justin Bieber.
Not that she dropped any shade on her ex, or even made a crack -- pun intended -- about that photo of his butt that was all over Instagram this weekend. But the 20-year-old sent a message that she's feeling at least a little dark and twisty because of the break-up.
OK, maybe sheâs feeling those feelings a lot.
No pop star covers Justin Timberlake's Cry Me A River just because. Nobody misses 2002 that much. (And SelGo, by the way, would have been 9 then.) It is the universal symbol of the bad celebrity break-up â more powerful than a stack of Angelina vs. Aniston tabloid covers, more effective than an official statement mailed to People magazine. And damn, itâs still the jam.
So if Selena Gomez covers Cry Me A River -- as she did -- either she's singing about her break-up with Justin Bieber, or something shady went down between her and Britney Spears.
For proof, please see past celebrity examples -- such as this cover by Justin Bieber, performed in November around the same time as one batch of Gomez break-up reports.
And, for added context, hereâs what Gomez reportedly told the audience just before playing the song: "I've been through a lot the past few months. It's been weird and sad and cool.â
Weird and Sad and Cool. Future album title?
Because whatever gloomy feelings Gomez didn't get out on stage -- or through pillow fights and gab sessions with girlfriends like Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens -- the singer is purging into her music. Gomez is working on a follow-up to 2011's When the Sun Goes Down and, as she told MTV, the Disney star has been mining her personal life for inspiration, something she'd never tried before.
"I think the older I'm getting the more I'm just kind of like I'm cool to share my side of the stories as much as I can, so I'm having a lot of fun."
Look for a first single in March, MTV reports. Until then, there's video of Gomez covering Cry Me a River -- and another self-scolding break-up tune, Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble -- below.