Oof. A lot of people have experienced the peculiar agony of, say, planning to attend a concert with their significant other, then getting stuck with two expensive tickets after breaking up with said S.O. But the unique awkwardness of effusively praising your partner in an interview — only to see that interview get released after you and the partner in question have split — is reserved for celebrities.
It happened to Katie Holmes, it happened to Kristen Stewart, and now it’s happening to Justin Bieber — whose big Oprah’s Next Chapter interview aired yesterday. In the interview, the Canadian idol calls fellow teenage dream Selena Gomez “one of the most genuine people,” citing her “good heart” as one of the reasons he loves her.
The only problem? Bieber and Gomez called it quits a few weeks ago, though reconciliation rumors have been swirling since the moment they split.
Awkward! For the record, Beliebers, Bieber also assures his fans that he would be with all of them — in a nonthreateningly romantic way — if he could. But as Oprah points out, he’s “just one Bieber!” Check out a snippet from the singer’s uncomfortable-in-hindsight interview below.