Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, was asked about her daughter’s rekindled romance with Justin Bieber, and she did not hold back.
Speaking with Gossip Cop, Teefey, 41, admits that she is “not happy” that her daughter, 25, and Bieber, 23, are back together, but acknowledges that “Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy.”
Teefey also addresses her daughter’s recent kidney transplant, with the singer’s longtime friend Francia Raisa donating her kidney.
“When you are young, you feel invincible and she had to learn that she was not able to be your typical 20 year old,” says Teefey, adding that the family is “beyond blessed that we had Francia in our life,” and remarking that she’s “so proud” of her daughter’s bravery.
Teefey also denies that a rift formed between her and Gomez when she and her husband stopped managing their daughter’s career.
“Every mother and daughter has disagreements,” Teefey admits. “We never expected to manage her her whole life. We lost family time because the only time we saw her, we talked business. It was no longer fun for any of us, like it was when she was younger and we had to be with her because she was a minor.”
Discussing concerns that Gomez’s renewed romance with Bieber could affect the singer’s well-being, Teefey says that while she has her opinions, she realizes her daughter has to make her own choices in life.
“She is 25 years old and knows what is at stake with her health. I do not control her the way it has been portrayed,” Teefey says. “Selena is an adult and can make her own choices.”