Selena Gomez finally opened up about why she’s been hanging out with Justin Bieber again

If you’ve been following the Jelena stories as closely as the rest of us, then you’ll know that both Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber have remained decidedly mum on the details of their new rumored romance. But Gomez revealed why Bieber is back in her life in a recent interview with Billboard, and we have to admit — it makes a ton of sense.

"I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20," she said. "I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn't right. But that doesn't mean caring for someone ever goes away."

She also noted that the people who have “impacted her life” aren’t just those she’s been with romantically, also citing friends like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Nick Jonas.

"I don’t think it’s as serious as people make things out to be half the time," she added. "It’s just my life. I grew up with all of these people, and it’s so cool to see where everybody is. It comes back to the idea of me remaining full. I think a true representation of love is beyond just yourself."

As much as we may sometimes look for a more salacious angle to certain celebrity stories and relationships (we’re only human), at the end of the day, we get it. It can be easy to forget that all of the celebs we know and love are just regular people, and it’s normal and natural to spend time with the people we grew up with. Gomez spending time with Bieber — and many of her friends — is like the rest of us spending time with our high school besties.

While we admittedly don’t have much more insight into the exact nature of Gomez and Bieber’s rekindled friendship, we know that Gomez doesn’t think any of it is particularly news-worthy — so we’ll take our cue from her and chill. (At least for now.)

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