Justin Bieber appeared to throw shade at his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez amid claims she’s feuding with his wife Hailey Bieber.
The singer threw a party for his 29th birthday over the weekend where he celebrated with his nearest and dearest.
One person who wasn’t on the guest list was his ex Selena, although he appeared to reference the actress with the party favours he handed out on the day.
Guests were handed a silver souvenir that bore the words: ‘I’m so thankful that I didn’t end up with what I thought I wanted.’
While Justin did not address the meaning behind the gift, fans were quick to assume it was a dig at his ex and branded the singer ‘petty’.
Blasted: ‘Petty’ Justin Bieber was blasted by fans as he appeared to throw shade at ex Selena Gomez after she and his wife Hailey (pictured together in 2021) ‘reignited their feud’
They tweeted: ‘This gift says “still living in the past” to me’; ‘So he’s saying he didn’t want her?’; ‘and everyone was looking for his response and he just gave you one in the form of a gift’; ‘What’s he trying to say?’;
‘This is so petty, I mean if that’s the way you and your wife feel keep that petty sht to yourself lol and please, you don’t have to mention somebody’s name or say “who” to understand exactly what they talkin abt.’;
‘admitting that your wife was your second choice on your birthday is crazy lmao selena truly lives in his mind rent free’; ‘Oh he gets nasty! Iktr defend your wife.’
Other fans were quick to point out that it could have more innocent connotations, arguing: ‘can’t believe people are interpreting this negatively. justin is saying he’s grateful for the life he has as is.’
‘right he’s literally referring to being out of the spotlight.’
MailOnline has contacted Justin’s representative for comment.
Selena and Justin dated on and off for eight years, calling it quits for the final time in 2018. Two months later Justin proposed to Hailey, who he first dated in 2015 for about a month.
Fans have long pitted the women against each other and they have been accused of subtly throwing shade at each other.
Dig? Fans assumed Selena was the butt of the joke when Justin handed out souvenirs that bore the words: ‘I’m so thankful that I didn’t end up with what I thought I wanted’
Divided: While Justin did not address the meaning behind the gift, many fans were quick to assume it was a dig at his ex and branded the singer ‘petty’
Shortly after Justin was accused of throwing shade, Selena appeared to address the drama as she took to TikTok to call on people to ‘be kind’ and insisted she ‘only wants good for everyone.’
Beneath a video of herself doing a makeup tutorial she penned: ‘Thank you and love you all so much. I’m deeply grateful for each and every one of you humans. You make me unbelievably happy.’
A second comment read: ‘Please, please be kinder and consider others mental health. My heart has been heavy and I only want good for everyone. All my love.’
The drama began after footage resurfaced of Hailey mocking Taylor Swift during the time she cohosted the show Drop The Mic.
Fueling the flames, Selena commented on the video: ‘So sorry, my best friend is and continues to be one of the best in the game.’
‘My heart has been heavy’: Shortly after Justin was accused of throwing shade, Selena appeared to address the drama as she took to TikTok to call on people to ‘be kind’
‘Consider others mental health’: Selena insisted she ‘only wants good for everyone’
Subsequently, internet users started dubbing Hailey as a ‘mean girl’ since she had also previously shared a TikTok video of herself with Kendall Jenner and Justine Skye lip-syncing to an audio saying: ‘I’m not saying she deserves it, but I’m saying God’s timing is always right.’
TikTok commenters took the now-deleted clip to correlate with the body shaming and hate Selena had been receiving as of late.
Hailey’s close friend Kylie Jenner has also been the subject of scrutiny as of late after she shared a post to Instagram seemingly mocking Selena.
Selena had shared a video to social media revealing she had laminated her eyebrows ‘too much’, and just hours later, Hailey and Kylie shared a screenshot showing off their eyebrows in a video call.
Kylie and Selena were quick to address the hate and left comments shutting down the rumours and insisting there was no beef.
Making the case: Fans accused Hailey and Kylie Jenner of ridiculing Selena’s laminated eyebrows when she shared a screenshot of her and Hailey’s eyebrows
Clearing the air: Kylie maintained people are ‘making something out of nothing’ as she cleared the air with Selena
Yet fans were not convinced and around this time time Selena surpassed Kylie as the most followed woman on Instagram.
Selena took to TikTok Live on Thursday to reveal she was taking a sabbatical from the internet, and temporarily deactivated her TikTok account for a brief time. Both her TikTok and Instagram are currently active.
She said: ‘I’m gonna be taking a second from social media cause this is a little silly and I’m 30. I’m too old for this.
‘But I love you guys so much and I will see you guys sooner than later. I’m just going to have to take a break from everything.’