Though Selena Gomez‘s mom, Mandy Teefey, hasn’t exactly hidden the fact that she doesn’t love her daughter’s rollercoaster relationship with Justin Bieber, that disapproval is reportedly not the reason why the couple are currently on a break. “They’re not on a break because of her relationship with her mom. They have their own issues and are always on and off,” a source told People this week. “[Selena] wouldn’t base her relationship off of what her mom thinks.” The insider added, “They’ve been having disagreements, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they’re back together in a week.”
Several outlets reported last week that the duo was spending some time apart, but People‘s source shares that they were definitely on good terms as recently as March 1, Bieber’s birthday, part of which they spent together. In honor of the special day, Gomez appeared to post about Bieber on Instagram for the first time since they reunited last fall: She shared a picture of herself with a Polaroid photo of someone who looks like Bieber resting on her forehead, writing, “March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom.”
Just a few days after Bieber’s birthday, he and Gomez were spotted attending the same church service separately, according to People. As a source explained to E!, “They were having a lot of little disagreements recently and one fight in particular blew up and caused them to decide to ‘break up,’ however, they’ve been in contact the entire time and their feelings for each other have not changed…They will absolutely get back together and they are not over, but they both need some time away from each other.” Another E! source mentioned Gomez’s currently “not amazing” relationship with her mother, but didn’t explicitly link it to the couple’s decision to take a short break.
Whether or not she’s influenced the state of Gomez’s relationship, there’s no doubt that Teefey isn’t a Jelena stan. In an interview with Gossip Cop in January, Teefey admitted that she’s “not happy” about her daughter’s rekindled romance with the “Sorry” singer, who Gomez first started dating back in 2010. That said, Teefey shared that she would never deliberately come between Gomez and Bieber. “Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe and healthy,” she said. “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. Selena is an adult and can make her own choices.”