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Selena Gomez is bravely talking about emotional abuse after claiming that her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber subjected her to "certain abuse" during their on-again, off-again relationship. She sat down with NPR while promoting her album Rare to discuss the almost decade-long romance and held nothing back. Ahead, check out what she had to say about why her song "Lose You to Love Me" is dedicated to Bieber. 

Selena Gomez is still on a promotional tour after her new album, Rare, debuted at number one. 

And when she sat down with NPR to discuss the album, nothing was off-limits, including the inspiration behind the song "Lose You to Love Me."

"It has a different meaning to me now from when I wrote it. I felt I didn't get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said. It's not a hateful song, it's a song that is saying — I had something beautiful and I would never deny that it wasn't that. It was very difficult and I'm happy it's over," she told NPR. "And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it's done, and I understand that and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter."

When asked if the song was about Bieber, she responded, "You had to get the name in, I get it," confirming what many suspected. 

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She went on to accuse her ex of emotional abuse during their relationship. "It's dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I'm not being disrespectful. I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse," she said. The reporter followed up by asking if it was emotional abuse she was referring to, to which Gomez responded: "Yes, and I think that it's something that — I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don't want to spend the rest of my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I've ever felt and I've found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible."

Bieber has yet to respond. 

NPR reported that it's reached out to Bieber's camp for a response. We'll continue to keep you updated if he does. If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.