Selena agreed, saying, "Yeah, I think you know, I’m really grateful too because I’ve actually experienced that a million times before. And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. So it’s all very real to me, and I’m sure it’s just entertainment for other people, but I just—I think I had become numb to it, and it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, and that’s everything I claim to be and do [being authentic].”
When Selena broke up with Justin Bieber around April 2018, he had already begun dating his now-wife Hailey Bieber by June 2018, which lines up with Selena’s “two months” lyrics.
She also addressed the part in the song that says, "I needed to hate you to love me".
"I mean it’s all the feelings, right? It’s everything from happy and emotional to just realizing it and being frustrated. I just wanted to validate all of those feelings because they were extremely real to me."
Selena told Ryan that she finds it shocking that people have so much to say about her lyrics when it’s nothing new for an artist writes songs based on real-life experiences.
"And it actually shocks me," she said. "Some of the reaction I feel like shocks me in general because I’ve dealt with this for years now, because everyone writes about something they felt, everyone. And the biggest topic is love and in a way, it’s not something negative. It’s actually something positive that I was able to experience that, as beautiful and ugly as it was. I think it’s beautiful that I’ve been able to turn this into a new chapter."
Selena actually wrote Lose You to Love Me a year ago, but says there’s no way she would have released it at the time, as she was still dealing with all her raw emotions. "That wouldn’t happened. It took me a long time to get through it but now it’s fine. I’m smiling. I feel great."
While even more new music from Selena is on its way, don’t expect any more Bieber references. "These two songs were me wrapping up a chapter in a pretty little bow," she said. "And the rest of the album is just all about where I am now and where I’m going so in my opinion, these are great songs, but I’ve saved the best for later."