Selena Gomez is rumored to be dating her friend’s 18-year-old brother, a guy named Caleb Stevens. She’s known him for years.
While some might assume that this is retaliation for Justin Bieber’s engagement to Hailey Baldwin, a report says that it’s the exact opposite.
It’s claimed that Justin proposed to Hailey because he was freaking out about Selena’s new romance. If that’s true … poor Hailey.
RadarOnline reports that Justin’s engagement to Hailey was, at least in part, revenge against Selena Gomez for her new fling with … Caleb Stevens.
So, a quick explainer: Raquelle Stevens is a lovely Instagram star whose primary claim to fame is arguably that she’s friends with Selena Gomez.
That’s a tall order on its own, honestly. A lot of hardcore Selenators follow Raquelle for that alone — and, of course, to catch Selena in her Instagram stories.
Raquelle has a brother, Caleb Stevens. And, according to RadarOnline, he and Selena have been hooking up for nearly a month.
And their sources report that, when Justin discovered this, he did not take it well — and it led directly to his proposal to Hailey Baldwin.
“Justin found out about Caleb in mid-June,” the insider says. “And he confronted Selena about it.”
That sounds almost unimaginably awkward.
“But Selena denied that anything was going on,” the source explains. “Because she didn’t want him to freak out.”
Justin has had a somewhat volatile history, and it makes sense that Selena would be concerned about his well-being even after their breakup.
“Needless to say,” the insider dishes. “After finding out from one of Raquelle’s friends that Selena and Caleb were hooking up, he freaked out and went absolutely ballistic.”
Yikes. That’s not a healthy response. But then, Justin believed that being with Selena was God’s plan.
So it sounds like Justin’s proposal to Hailey was less of an action and more of a reaction.
The insider declares: “Selena’s friends all know that the only reason he got engaged to her was to get back at Selena!”
If this is true, it is wildly unfair to Hailey Baldwin. She deserves the world, not to be some sort of twisted consolation prize.
Though Selena apparently tunes out a lot of entertainment news, she did hear whispers that people think that she’s dating Caleb to get revenge.
The source explains Selena’s attitude: “She thinks it’s hilarious that everyone assumes she is dating Caleb to get back at Justin when it is the other way around.”
Caleb has been spotted on set with Selena. Some suggest that they’re either dating or she just needed a younger male assistant and chose her friend’s brother for a weird summer internship.
“Selena has known Caleb for years,” the insider explains.
Elaborating, the source says: “He is not some random dude that came out of nowhere.”
In other words, this was not some rebound of Selena’s. This is not sounding like a meaningless fling.
“He has been a part of her life for a long time,” the insider concludes. “And this is why Justin was so bothered by it.”
“Justin knows that Caleb actually means something to Selena,” the source says. “And that is what makes him so angry”
We’re sorry that the Biebs allegedly feels that way, but even sorrier if he somehow channeled that anger into making a major life decision — for him and for Hailey.
Hailey is beautiful and sweet and she deserves to be happy. We certainly hope that Justin proposed to her for the right reasons.
But … if this was motivated by revenge or a desire to one-up Selena, that would explain why he popped the question after only a few weeks of dating.
Or, you know, it could be like what Ariana Grande says: “Love is lit.”
For now, it’s not yet officially confirmed that Selena is even dating Caleb. Let’s avoid jumping to too many conclusions.
But let’s remember that Justin is the last person with the right to be mad about Selena’s romantic choices.