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Charlie Puth on dating Selena Gomez: 'It really messed me up'

By Annie Martin
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Charlie Puth attends the Y100 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert on December 17, 2017. File Photo by Gary I. Rothstein/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/61c7da9f4801ade5354dda744b0ff332/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Charlie Puth attends the Y100 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert on December 17, 2017. File Photo by Gary I. Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Charlie Puth says his relationship with Selena Gomez "really" messed him up.

The 26-year-old singer said in the Feb. 3 issue of Billboard that his "short-lived" but "impactful" fling with Gomez ended because the former Disney Channel star was hung up on someone else.

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Puth was linked to Gomez in 2016 after collaborating with the 25-year-old singer and actress on the single "We Don't Talk Anymore." The song appears on Puth's debut studio album, Nine Track Mind.

"It's about a particular moment in my life, when someone very close to me wanted the attention of somebody else," Puth shared. "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?'"

"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," he said. "And that's what was happening [with Gomez]. Very short-lived, very small, but very impactful. And it really messed me up."

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"I'm trying to put this the best way possible: it wasn't like I was the only person on her mind," the star explained. "And I think I knew that going in -- what I was getting myself into."

Gomez split from singer Justin Bieber in 2014 after several years of on-again, off-again dating. The pair reconnected in October following Gomez's breakup with The Weeknd, and were spotted together at Bieber's hockey game Wednesday in Los Angeles.

"Justin and Selena are great," a source told People in December. "They still spend a lot of time together, but are being low-key about it. They attend church service together, have dinner and just hang out."

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