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Selena Gomez Says People Are Finally Seeing What She ‘Always Saw’ In Justin Bieber

Sel is still team Bieber.

Selena Gomez may not be dating Justin Bieber anymore, but that doesn't mean she doesn't support him.

The "Same Old Love" singer was recently asked by The New York Times about Justin's career comeback, and she could not be more thrilled that he's back on top.

"While people were writing that I was stupid for being in [the relationship], this is what I always saw in him," she said. "I'm like, duh!"

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Selena is using her relationship for inspiration on her upcoming album, Revival (Oct. 9), but she didn't want to make it the total focus, which is why she decided to go with "Good For You" as the lead single, and not "Same Old Love," which could be interpreted as a song directed at her ex.

"I was like, that’s not right,” she said. “That’s not going to be my narrative. Not right now.”

But The Biebs could not be avoided on the album, and neither could other topics, including breaking away from her squeaky clean teen image and embracing who she really is, a decision that wasn't so easy to make.

"It's all part of my story. I'm growing and changing. I was in a relationship, and I was being managed by my parents, and I was still under Hollywood and Disney, and I was being held to this expectation of being the good girl," she said. “I knew deep down that this wasn’t what I wanted to do — being exhausted of forcing something that wasn’t right, even in my personal life. I had to have moments where I was crying and I was like, ‘Why am I not in love with what I do?’ I was forced to get very uncomfortable for a while in order to make the decisions I made.”

This will be the first album that Selena is releasing with Interscope records, and had complete creative control over this project, which she told us had her going completely "out of her comfort zone."

“I definitely remind myself that I’m in control,” she said. “I feel like ultimately if I sit down and I think about a decision I need to make, it’s really within myself. I make the decision. Everything goes through me.”