Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez split

Pop pair break up with 'major trust issues', while fans note with dismay Bieber's appearance at a Victoria's Secret fashion show

Beliebers are in hysterics – some delighted, some grieving – following the news that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have split up. After nearly two years together, Gomez allegedly dumped her fellow pop star due to "major trust issues".

Gomez, who is 20, "broke up with Justin" in early November, an unnamed source revealed to Us Weekly. The touring singers' "crazy schedules" had made the relationship difficult, they said, and "Selena definitely had some major trust issues with Justin".

Just hours after the news broke, Bieber performed one of his idols' best-known break-up songs at a concert in New Jersey. Billboard reports that the 18-year-old strummed his way through Justin Timberlake's Cry Me a River – a song that was written following Timberlake's split from Britney Spears, and which isn't part of Bieber's standard setlist. Bieber has been otherwise quiet about his love life, posting glib tweets about "good rehearsals" and "great shows".

"A lot of emotions right now," he wrote following last week's US election. "Congrats President Obama." Then, this weekend: "Focused on the positive. #30MillionBeliebers with me. Im never leaving u because u r always there 4 me ... regardless of what happens i see all of the tweets and all the love you guys are sending me. thank u." When he was confronted by the radio show Open House Party, on Saturday night, Bieber said, "I don't know what to say ... I don't know what's going on in my life. To even assess that – it doesn't make sense [because] I have not made any comment."

okay sooo because u guys were askin for it! with @justinbieber ! you were great tonight! lockerz.com/s/259735356

— Barbara Palvin (@BarbaraPalvin) November 8, 2012

Some Bieberphiles have noted the heartthrob's appearance at last week's Victoria's Secret fashion show, where the singer was seen partying with several lingerie models. "Fun night," he tweeted. After model Barbara Palvin posted a photograph of herself and Bieber, the 19-year-old was deluged by Beliebers speculating that she had come between him and Gomez. "[L]ast time im saying it. please calm down," Palvin tweeted. "There is nothing going on w him. i met him and did a pic w him. wouldnt u do the same?:) #friendship."

Meanwhile Bieber was a big winner at the MTV Europe Music awards in Frankfurt on Sunday, winning three awards.


Sean Michaels

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