Selena Gomez has a new tattoo and while a celebrity getting inked isn't anything unique, it looks like her latest tattoo goes along with a theme she's been sprouting lately. The tattoo is in Arabic and it says "Love Yourself First," which is something she is going to need to do if she plans to make a clean break from Justin Bieber.
Selena has been somewhat floundering lately, which started even before she entered rehab and left treatment just 14 days into a six-week program at the Meadows Recovery Center in Wikenburg, Arizona. It seems as if Selena may be wrestling with her heart vs. her mind when it comes to her relationship with Justin Bieber.
The Huffington Post reports on July 16 that this new tattoo, which was inked by celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang McCurdy who is based in New York, is one of four tattoos that Selena is believed to have. She has a biblical verse on her right hip, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and a musical note on her wrist. She also has the number 76 on the back of her neck that represents the year her mom was born.
It looks like Selena has had a hard time severing herself from Justin Bieber as she appears to go back for more periodically. This flip-flopping with Justin isn't doing the smart 21-year-old much good when it comes to her lifestyle and reputation.
Since leaving the rehab early, Selena seems to have a self-help theme going on. She is posting cryptic messages to her Instagram account about self-improvement as if she's reminding herself she needs to work on taking care of herself first.
Her new tattoo seems to fall right into that theme of self-improvement. Mail Online suggests that the new tattoo is a message to Justin Bieber, that she's moved on. Selena was never the typical teenager or young adult when it came to gushing about her boyfriend. All through her relationship with Justin she's remained pretty tight lipped and the same holds true today. Not many would even venture a guess if the future will really be Justin-free for Selena. She doesn't share her relationship woes with too many people, maybe just a few close friends.
"Love Yourself First" is a good reminder to Selena that she can't drag herself down getting wrapped up in Bieber's toxic behaviors of the last few years. There's no doubt about the two having a serious and real romance for the first year or so when they first hooked up, but Selena's going one way and Justin is going another. She is building up her career and he appears honor-bound to knock his down.
The former Disney kid is a hard worker and has spent a lot of energy honing in on her career and she has a stellar reputation. Hanging around with Justin can only drag that reputation down to his level. His career was on top, but he has spent much time in the headlines with reports that he is acting like a young thug terrorizing his neighbors and having little regard for the law.
This isn't Selena's style at all and she can't afford to ride on the coat tails of the name Justin's made for himself. Just like that old saying; "If you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas," even if Selena's behavior hasn't changed, just being with Justin taints her reputation.
Just maybe this new tattoo, "Love Yourself First" might be the mantra that she needs to hold close and practice.