Selena Gomez, the pop sensation and Rare Beauty founder, is no stranger to the limelight. However, her recent TikTok video celebrating her single status has sparked a wave of criticism from netizens. The video, which features Gomez lip-synching to the words, "Guess who has a boyfriend? Not me, b***h. Y'all be safe out there," comes on the heels of her latest single release, "Single Soon." While the song might be a hit, the TikTok video has left many fans and followers less than impressed.
Several netizens took to social media platforms to voice their annoyance. Comments ranged from "Selena becoming those millennials who made being single their entire personality" to "We get it OMG" and "Oh we know, we get reminded every ten hours." The overarching sentiment was clear: many believe Gomez is overplaying the 'single' card, and it's starting to wear thin.
This isn't the first time Gomez has faced online criticism. Following her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, she was the subject of several memes and online jokes. In response, she took to Instagram, stating, "I will never be a meme again. I'd rather sit still than be dragged for being myself. Much love." Despite her declaration, Gomez continued to post about her single status, leading many to believe it's a promotional strategy for her new song.
Some comments were particularly harsh, with one user stating, "Selena Gomez looks so irritating [and] annoying in that TikTok that she made. Just looking at that makes me want to punch her hard." Another added, "I've been saying this and will continue to do so. Selena Gomez is an annoying woman who loves to act innocent or play the victim so her fans can bully innocent women. She can't sing, dance, or act...Like she has no talent. People just love her because of the Disney Nostalgia."
Interestingly, amidst the backlash, some netizens couldn't resist bringing up Gomez's past relationship with Justin Bieber. Comments like "She hasn't been the same since the Justin Bieber breakup" and "The Justin Bieber breakup is still hurting her" suggest that for some, Gomez's single status is still intrinsically linked to her past relationship. The two had a tumultuous on-again-off-again relationship for nearly eight years before parting ways. Bieber has since married Hailey Bieber.
While Gomez's intent behind the video remains a topic of debate, it's evident that the pop star's every move will continue to be scrutinized by the public eye. Whether she's genuinely embracing her singlehood or using it as a promotional tool, only time will tell.