Their love is real. - Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Yes, we now have an answer to the puzzling question of the Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber liaison, thanks to these somewhat artistic (?) long-range photos of the two in various states of repose (check out the pics at ONTD), Gomez clad in a turquoise bikini and Bieber in dark board shorts.
While this confirms the two are more than just IHOP buds, there's something about these photos that seems... strange, off somehow. Maybe it's that the two have always seemed to us to have more of a brother-sister vibe than anything romantic. Maybe it's that she's two years older (the equivalent of a college freshman dating a high school junior). Maybe it's just that we're skeptical of any couple that attempts to pull off the awkward, sitting, tilted head nuzzle move attempted here.
In any event, there is one person who is especially displeased with the Gomez-Bieber (Jelena? Gober?) romance: Bieber's former makeout buddy Jasmine Villegas. After Bieber tweeted his thoughts on Saturday about the importance of treating women with respect ("all girls should feel beautiful. a real man knows to treat a lady like a queen. ur happiness comes from theirs. step up fellas. #girlrespect"), Villegas offered her own take: "I see all these boys giving us#girlrespect tweets.. but truth is action speaks louder than words.. Most of you say it, but don't show it."
We feel Villegas' pain, though -- in the case of Gomez -- Bieber does seem to be putting his loving paws where his Twitter is, so to speak.
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