Justin Bieber on Selena Gomez: 'It's a Love That Never Really Dies'

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, 2011.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

From his against-the-odds comeback to his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, Justin Bieber is back and bigger than ever.

In his new Billboard cover story, the 21-year-old pop star gets candid about everything from his nude photo leak to how his wild period affected his relationship with his mother.

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But there's one thing he's not quite ready for: Selena Gomez's new album Revival. While Bieber tells Billboard, "I’m proud of the woman she is today," he can't bring himself to listen to her latest album.

"I know I had a lot of play in that one. I don’t know what she’s saying about me," he admits. Part of the reason is that the wound is still fresh: "When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies."

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Read Bieber's full Billboard cover story here.