Selena Gomez Trying To Stay ‘Super-Private’ As New Justin Bieber Photos Make Headlines

Stars Dance singer dishes on dating in the public eye, saying, 'I can't be afraid to live my life.'

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber continue to keep Selenators and Beliebers guessing about what exactly is going on between them. They initially made breakup headlines last November , but in the months since, they have redefined the term “on-again, off-again relationship.”

New photos of the couple, taken earlier this month and just making the rounds on Tuesday (July 16), show the twosome snuggling at a Fourth of July bash held at a Hollywood Hills home. The photos, which seem to suggest that Bieber and Gomez have reconciled again, are making headlines just as Gomez is opening up about the paparazzi attention she receives.

“There’ll be days where I’m not bothered at all and I can just go out with my friends to the movies or walk around the park,” she told the British Guardian in a recent interview. “But when it gets frustrating, that’s when I call Taylor [Swift]. Or Demi [Lovato]. Sometimes it will just be, like: ‘Urgh, people are talking about me!’ But then it feels gross [to complain], because it comes with what I love to do.”

Even with the photos seeming to suggest a rekindling of the relationship, it’s not just fans who are left guessing about the couple’s status. Bieber’s mom recently stopped by “The View,” where she replied, “I know that it depends what day it is,” when asked what exactly is going on between the two young stars.

With so much interest in her personal life, Gomez further addressed all the media attention. “Sure, I knew people would talk about it,” Gomez said in the Guardian interview. “But I can’t be afraid to live my life. I had my first ‘boyfriend’ [Nick Jonas], which wasn’t really a boyfriend, at 14, 15. You’re young and you don’t know how to be. You don’t think: ‘Now I have a boyfriend — let’s keep it super-private and low key,’ because that’s not what you’re thinking about. You’re thinking about: ‘Oh my God, we’re holding hands!’ You’re just thinking about stuff like that. Everybody falls in love and you would never want to hide something you’re so happy about. But I’ve learned a lot. You keep the things that are super-private to yourself. I definitely want to do that now. But it’s so hard.”