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After several rocky months, it appears that Selena Gomez has finally given Justin Bieber the boot. At a Golden Globes after-party, the 20-year-old singer-actress was overheard saying that she was "done" with Bieber after their "awful" New Year's vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ("They had another huge fight, and Selena won't forgive him," an Us Weekly source elaborates.)
For more than two years now, Gomez has gotten more press from dating Bieber than from any of her own projects. Seems like it's time that she stepped out of his shadow. Here are four reasons we think Selena is better off without Justin!
1. She's not 18 anymore... but he is. People change a lot in their late teens and early 20s! When Selena first got together with Justin, she was 18 and he was 16: the equivalent of a high-school senior dating a sophomore. Two years later, Justin (like most teenage boys) still seems pretty immature, while Selena has been trying for a more sophisticated image. Why let an underage boyfriend hold her back?
2. Selena has her own thing going on. Justin always seemed crazy about Selena, but Justin is also a massive attention-hog. With a fairly successful singing career behind her, Gomez is now focused on acting and has several major films coming up (including the comedy Spring Breakers with James Franco). It's a good time for Selena to buckle down and concentrate on her career -- and without the distraction of Bieber, all eyes will be on her when she walks those red carpets.
3. Justin's bad-boy phase is a cause for concern. Reportedly, Selena's parents have been concerned that Justin was a bad influence on their daughter. He definitely seems to be doing some rebelling lately, what with the Victoria's Secret models, the paparazzi fights and the (alleged) pot-smoking. Maybe he just needs to get it out of his system (again, he's 18!), but Selena doesn't need to stand for it.
4. She should explore her options. Justin and Selena are both so young, relatively speaking, and have been in a committed relationship for so long. Why not play the field a little? Gomez already seems to be embracing the single life; after the Globes, she was spotted holding hands with her Monte Carlo costar Luke Bracey and may have later hooked up with Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson.
In fact, Gomez may have been having a little too much fun at those after-parties. In the interview below, the young star rambles about how beautiful Jennifer Lawrence is, and bloggers have been buzzing that she seems to be a bit tipsy. Maybe she's just drunk on the excitement -- but either way, we think she deserves a pass: She just went through a huge breakup, there's free champagne, and she's probably less drunk than half the college students watching the Globes from their dorms!