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Selena Gomez is not sending a "secret message" to Justin Bieber with a new Coach pocketbook, despite a thoroughly ridiculous report. Gossip Cop can bust this absurd fake news.

Unsurprisingly, the story comes from HollywoodLife, which likes connecting Gomez and Bieber whenever possible. Like most of those attempts at linking the exes, this latest one is flimsy and illogical. It's really a non-issue that the webloid is trying to turn into news to rile up fans and score clicks. And it's all tied to a purse.

"Selena Gomez Releases Coach Bag — Is There A Secret Message To Justin Bieber?" asks the site in its clickbait headline. The story begins, "The brand new Selena Gomez-designed bag from Coach — the Selena Grace — is inscribed with 'Love Yourself First,' based on one of Selena's tattoos. Is this a clap back to her ex Justin Bieber's song 'Love Yourself'?" If it's "based on one of Selena's tattoos," then it's based on one of her tattoos. The tattoo is not a "clap back to her ex," so repurposing the phrase for a handbag wouldn't be one either.

In fact, the more HollywoodLies goes on with this narrative, the more it makes no sense. The outlet writes, "'Love yourself first' is embossed in Selena's handwriting on the bottom of the handbag. We know this is the translation of the tattoo she has written in Arabic on her back. She got that tattoo in 2014. Of course, her ex boyfriend Justin Bieber released a song called 'Love Yourself' in 2015." So, if Gomez got the tattoo in 2014, and Bieber's song didn't come out until 2015, why would using the same phrase now have anything to do with him when it didn't in the first place?

Gomez got a tattoo with the mantra in 2014. She decided to use it on a purse in 2017. That's it. That should be the end of the story. There's no "secret message" to Bieber simply because he used a similar saying in between those two events. The webloid even acknowledges that Gomez included another maxim in her design, "To be you is to be strong." That makes it even more clear that the singer-actress merely wanted to incorporate inspirational words of advice, not send a message to a former boyfriend.

Before this, HollywoodLies tried to connect Bieber to Gomez by falsely claiming her song "Bad Liar" was about him. That was also fake news, an attempt by the site to gain traffic via fans who eat up everything published about the one-time couple. But that was a disingenuous non-story, and this new one about Gomez's bag is, too.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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