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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber: Did She Leave During His VMAs Performance?

Mon, August 31, 2015 9:42am EDT by 25 Comments

With Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber BOTH at the VMAs there was major opportunity for an awkward encounter. But HollywoodLife.com has learned that Selena didn’t give cameras a chance to get a reaction shot from her while the Biebs performed — because she left her seat during the big moment!

When Selena Gomez, 23, and Justin Bieber, 21, are both in the same room there’s bound to be some drama. But the singer made sure she did anything possible to avoid an interaction or association with her ex at the Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, including leaving the audience when he took the stage to sing “What Do You Mean?” To hear more about Justin Bieber, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!

The Biebs’ performance was one of the most memorable moments of the night, especially considering he closed out his set by breaking down in tears. It was a huge moment for Justin because he received a major applause from the audience, and “What Do You Mean?” is definitely a reinvention/comeback song for him.

Interestingly, Justin’s ex, Selena — who recently released her own single, “Good For You”, which you can buy here — and her BFF, Taylor Swift, 25, were sitting in the front row throughout the show, but, for the sake of avoiding drama, they walked backstage during the performance, an eyewitness tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. The girls, along with the rest of their squad, took a bathroom break, leaving the crowd just before Justin was set to take the stage, according to E! News.

Hey, we can’t really blame them for this move — the girls KNEW cameras would pan to them for a reaction shot, and rather than getting called out and starting drama, they decided to make the moment about Justin’s career and comeback instead of the relationship.

Meanwhile, it was a HUGE night for Taylor and Selena, too. The gal pals attended the show with several other gorgeous stars from Tay’s “Bad Blood” video, which took home the top Video of the Year honor at the end of the night. And the excitement didn’t end for Justin after his performance, either, because after the show, he premiered the video for “What Do You Mean?” and it was totally AMAZING!

HollywoodLifers: What do you think of Taylor and Selena leaving during Justin’s performance?

— Alyssa Norwin