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Eating For Free

Mar 16, 2023

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, haunted by adolescent fame, have been entangled for over a decade. Invasions of privacy, exploitation, and stints in rehab are just the tip of the iceberg. 

What can save their souls from this child star hell?


  • (RARE) Justin Bieber Meets Future Wife Hailey Bieber at the Today Show (13 Years ago OCT 12, 2009) [Youtube]
  • Teen vogue premiere of 'monte carlo' held at lincoln square theatre arrivals new york city, usa Stock Photos and Images (2011)  [Alamy]
  • Selena Gomez Explains “Cuddly” IHOP Date With Justin Bieber [Us Weekly]
  • Selena Gomez: Revival Is The Best Revenge [R29]
  • ‘I didn’t think I was doing anything bad by falling in love’ Broken hearts and being chased by helicopters — Selena Gomez reveals why dating Justin Bieber came at a price [The Sunday Times]
  • Watch Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Reunite [Billboard]
  • Selena Gomez hospitalized: A timeline of her health struggles [Page Six]
  • Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Split [Nov 10, 2012] (Us Weekly)
  • Justin Bieber Deposition Video Released: The 5 Biggest Revelations That May (Or May Not) Surprise You (March 10, 2014) [E!]
  • Justin Bieber's Deposition Video Sparks Comical Reactions on Twitter [People]
  • Billboard Cover: Selena Gomez on Her New Chapter — ‘I’ve Deserved This. I Earned it. This Is All Me’ [Billboard]
  • Selena Gomez Spotted Smoking & Flirting At Coachella? — Pics [Hollywood Life]
  • Did Selena Gomez End Her Friendship With Kylie Jenner Because of Justin Bieber? [April 24, 2014] (J-14)
  • Kendall & Kylie Jenner Over Selena Gomez — Were They Using Her? [Hollywood Life]
  • Selena Gomez Caught Kylie Jenner Sending Sexy Photos To Justin Bieber [April 29, 2014] [Hollywood Life]
  • Selena Gomez Dumps Pals Kylie & Kendall Jenner After Finding Shocking Texts On Boyfriend Justin Bieber’s Phone! (April 29, 2014) [RADAR]
  • Justin Bieber Moves in On Kendall Jenner, Cozies Up to Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at Riccardo Tisci's Birthday Bash in Ibiza [August 2, 2014) [E!]
  • Justin Bieber Confirms He and Selena Gomez Are Boyfriend and Girlfriend in Deposition [Sep 12, 2014] [E!]
  • Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber share Champagne in Paris (Sep 30, 2014) [Page Six]
  • THE DEEP END [Complex]
  • Justin Bieber Shares New Pic Of Selena Gomez Kissing His Arm [Oct 5, 2014) [Just Jared
  • Does Selena Gomez feel that she’s “overreacted” to Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner’s Paris date? (Oct 26, 2014) [Mirror]
  • Watch Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne sing happy birthday to Kendall Jenner [Nov 4, 2014] (Mirror)
  • Justin Bieber heads to church in white robe (and brings pals Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin with him) (Nov 7, 2014) [Daily Mail]
  • 'No one understands me!' Selena Gomez 'cried and threw a fit' over Justin Bieber at best friend Taylor Swift's birthday party [Dec 17, 2014] [Daily Mail]
  • Justin Bieber DELETES his Instagram account amid drama with ex Selena Gomez over new flame Sofia Richie [Daily Mail]
  • Justin Bieber looks like the cat that got the cream as he shares a very Happy New Year snap with 'good friend' Hailey Baldwin [Dec 31, 2014] [Daily Mail]
  • Inside Justin & Selena’s Shady Trip To Drug & Gang-Ridden Hollywood Neighborhood  [Nov 3, 2017] [Radar]
  • Selena Gomez Talks ‘Revival,’ Justin Bieber, Victoria’s Secret Models [Rolling Stone]
  • Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez ‘Caught Doing Lines’ Of Cocaine — On Tape! — At L.A. Club [InTouch]
  • Other frames of reference about Disney: [Buzzfeed]
  • Selena Gomez Survived Social Media and, With Her New Music, Is Ready to Leave Darkness Behind [Vanity Fair]
  • Selena Gomez hits out at Disney for treating her like a 'product' - revealing she is STILL 'triggered' by experience - as she lays bare the brutal toll of child stardom in emotional Apple TV+ series [Daily Mail]
  • The mice that roared: How Disney’s former child stars are fighting to change the entertainment industry [Independent]
  • Alyson Stoner Pens Eye-Opening Op-Ed on 'Harrowing' Childhood Stardom: 'Revisit the Script' [People]


Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood's favorite pastime. The truth, they've found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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