And the plot digitally thickens...
The drama first sparked Sunday night when the "Sorry" singer asked his fans not to berate his rumored new flame, Sofia Richie, by way of harsh social media comments. While the Grammy winner and model publicly maintain they are just friends, Richie's face popped up on Bieber's social media several times, leading to aggressive Belieber speculation.
"I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand," he wrote on Instagram. "If you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like."
Gomez subsequently added her two cents to the mix. "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only," she reportedly wrote in the comment section. "Don't be mad at your fans. They love you."