Gomez and Bieber were slated to sit next to each other during the show, helping to hype reports that the two would reunite.
But if body language says anything, and usually it speaks louder than words, the reunion looked like it was pretty much for show. The scene backstage suggested a level of iciness that belied all the tabloid shinanigans about a reunion.
According to reports and video of the encounter, Justin pulled Selena toward him and looked like he was expecting a kiss on the lips. But she deftly turned her head and kissed him on the cheek instead like he was her baby brother.
Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber Cool Embrace
But Taylor’s reaction said it all. She must know some things about Justin that totally turn her off. She looked on smiling as they embraced, but she winced, wrinkled her nose and stuck out her tongue in a display of disgust when they kissed. Obviously even she couldn’t stand the hypocrisy.
Billboard’s online backstage video feed caught the whole scene.
Bieber has had a rough couple of months in the media, because of repeated bad behavior that has tarnished his image. In the latest incident, he’s facing criminal battery charges for allegedly spitting on and threatening to kill his neighbor. The dispute was over Bieber’s reckless driving through their neighborhood.
Selena and Justin spent several minutes talking. Taylor waits patiently off to the side until finally Justin and Selena embraced again and parted ways. Selena nodding several times as if to suggest she would keep in touch.
Selena made the most of the moment by posting a photo of the encounter on Instagram. “Vegas hug + kiss,” she wrote as the caption.
Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Selena and Justin might as well have been miles apart. Selena spent the evening seated next to Swift. Justin was out of sight. It must have been a publicity stunt.
The couple was spotted together at Cirque du Soleil’s Love show on Friday. But so far their interaction screams: Just Friends!
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