Charlie Puth Opens Up About His ‘Short-Lived’ Relationship With Selena Gomez: ‘It Really Messed Me Up’

It might have been short-lived, but Charlie Puth says his fling with Selena Gomez really took a toll on him.

Speaking with Billboard, the “Attention” singer opened up about that time in his life. “It’s about a particular moment in my life when someone very close to me wanted the ‘attention’ of somebody else,” Puth, 26, said. “When I found that out and we ended it, I might have done some shady things too, and she might have asked me, ‘How long has this been going on?'”

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Still playing coy, Puth hinted that both tracks, “Attention” and “How Long”, were inspired by Gomez and Justin Bieber’s on-and-off relationship. “I don’t kiss and tell, but the only way a song like that can come across as real is if there’s something else going on behind the scenes. And that’s what was happening. Very short-lived, very small, but very impactful. And it really messed me up. I’m trying to put this the best way possible: It wasn’t like I was the only person on her mind,” Puth explained. “And I think I knew that going in… what I was getting myself into.”

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While admitting “Attention” isn’t a particularly nice song, Puth says he realizes its impact on his career.

“It’s s**t-talking. It’s a mean song,” he continued. “I didn’t feel like an artist until ‘Attention’ came out. And I feel like people are just starting to get it. I’m not mad that they’re just finding out – they’re getting the message I wasn’t allowed to say before. ‘Attention’ is me saying, ‘F**k everybody: I’m doing this song the way I want to do it.'”

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