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Justin Bieber said Selena Gomez is not "wifey" material, according to a largely fabricated tabloid story. The article attempts to exploit Bieber's engagement and hurt Gomez with a comment he never actually made. Gossip Cop can bust it.

A headline in OK! Australia announces, "Justin Tells: 'Selena Was Never A Wifey.'" This is an entirely fake quote. Bieber hasn't said anything about Gomez at all since popping the question to Hailey Baldwin earlier this month, much less commented that she's not wife material. The article itself begins with real quotations from the tribute Bieber posted on Instagram for Baldwin after their engagement.

"You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else," the superstar wrote in his lengthy message. The magazine, however, seems to be twisting that remark into an explicit diss against Gomez, with whom he had an on-and-off relationship for years until they went their separate ways a few months ago. The outlet goes on to assert that while Bieber and Baldwin appear to have "gone from zero to 100 very quickly," he has "known for a while that the 21-year-old model was wifey material."

The publication, without giving credit, points to Bieber's 2016 GQ interview, in which he mused, "What if Hailey ends up being the girl I'm gonna marry, right?" The tabloid seems to be suggesting that because Bieber made that two-year-old comment about Baldwin and not Gomez, his ex was never really a possible "wife" for him.

While this is of course a subjective interpretation, the problem is that the magazine is presenting it as a straight quote, as if it is real and factual, in its headline: "Selena was never a wifey." Bieber has never made such a remark to GQ, and his full tribute to Baldwin, linked above, shows Gomez wasn't mentioned at all. And on top of manufacturing this statement out of thin air, Gossip Cop can also confirm the outlet is guilty of plagiarism, too.

One of the photo captions, for example, reads, "'Justin has no contact with Selena now,' a source tells. 'He seems fine with it.'" This is copied, without any attribution, from a June 13 People story, in which it was written, "'Justin has no contact with Selena now,' adds the source. 'He seems fine with it.'" (See screenshots below.) It gets worse, as some of the "source" quotes in the main text, about Gomez's supposed reaction to Bieber's engagement, are plagiarized from HollywoodLife.

This is not an isolated incident. This same mixture of fabrication and plagiarism was also evident earlier this week when Gossip Cop busted OK! for claiming Jennifer Garner said she's "not ready to divorce" Ben Affleck. That, too, was a fake quote, and the other statements in the article were stolen from other publications, just like now. Perhaps the tabloid thinks it won't get caught, but Gossip Cop will keep transparently exposing these lies as we come across them.

Conclusion: OK! claims Bieber said Gomez was "never a wifey," and points to both his recent Instagram post and, without giving the name, a 2016 GQ interview. But an examination of both texts show he didn't make that comment in either place, and a Google search indicates the alleged quote doesn't appear anywhere but in this tabloid. Additionally, there is clear evidence that the magazine plagiarized other quotes that appear throughout the article. As a result, Gossip Cop has concluded this story is fiction.

(OK in July)


(People in June)

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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