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They say that it takes forever to get over your first true love, and that seems to be the case with Justin Bieber and the high profile romance he had with Selena Gomez.

With less than two weeks until Purpose drops, the Biebster has been on a non-stop promotional campaign to get the word out about the project. Asked by Access Hollywood's Billy Bush if the project was inspired by his most famous former flame, the music titan agreed, confessing that three of the cuts have to do with his pop peer.

JB and Selena dated sometime around the 2010 - 2013 years, and it sounds like he's not entirely sure if he's over her. "It was really tough. I don't know if I'm over it yet," he said. "I think that I'm definitely in another place and I think we've definitely went our separate ways. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her." 

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In fact, Justin went as far as admitting that Jelena might have worked out had the duo met each other later in life. JB told Billy that he has a song called "If I Would Have Met You In 5 Years" that didn't make Purpose, which he strongly believes in.

"How true is that? How many people go through life and end up meeting someone and it feels so right, but it's just the wrong time? So many people can relate to that," he said.

Justin also confessed that they definitely haven't stopped communicating since the breakup either, saying, "I'm never going to stop loving her. I'm never going to stop checking in on her. I don't think if you end a relationship, you should end that, unless it was super toxic and you guys were hurting each other physically or mentally. We always respected each other and we still respect each other."

Moral of this story, folks? Long live young love. 

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