Justin Bieber has given fans a glimpse of his relationship with girlfriend Selena Gomez in the past, but now the 18-year-old singing sensation may be subtly telling people that the pair has called it quits.
Bieber took to his Instagram account recently to post a black-and-white photograph along with a cryptic message that read, "Lingse," which many fans assumed was an anagram for the phrase "single." While the image was later removed by the crooner, he posted another black-and-white image of himself looking in the mirror with the caption, "Just me."
Fans of both Gomez and Bieber began to question if the pair actually split. Some people refused to feed into the rumors about the pair's split.
"Man if this is true then its gonna take a while for me to believe it," one fan tweeted. "There's been WAY too many rumors of them splitting."
Another person pleaded for the pair to stay together.
"Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: please don't break up," another fan tweeted.
Still, another person doubted that Bieber would break the news to the world about the demise of his relationship in a cryptic Instagram message.
"But even if they did break up, why would he post some weird anagram on Instagram like a game for us to work out," the person questioned.
While Gomez has been filming a reunion for the show she formerly appeared on called "Wizards of Waverly Place," Bieber has been keeping busy with his tour. However, 20-year-old Gomez did open up in the December issue of Glamour magazine about how she manages to balance her friendship with singer Taylor Swift along with her relationship with Bieber when they are not together.
"I actually did talk to Taylor last week, and we were like, 'I don't even remember the last time I saw you,' which is really unfortunate," Gomez told the magazine. "But if it gets too dire, I fly to Taylor or I fly home or I fly to Justin."
Bieber also spoke about his feelings for Gomez in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air on "Oprah's Next Chapter" later this month.
"Sometimes... sometimes we gotta take the back exits and do different things, but I never make her separate from me cause I don't want her to feel like I'm ashamed of her," the singer said in the clip of the interview that will air on OWN on Nov 25. "I feel like a lot of guys do that – especially in the business. They don't want to be seen with their girl so they'll make them ride in separate cars and do all that 'getaway' stuff."
However, the singer told Winfrey that he plans on making his escapes with Gomez so that, "when we get away, we're getting away together."