Selena Gomez defends Madison Beer after Selenators target her for hanging out with Hailey Baldwin

The controversy started after Madison Beer and Selena Gomez's ex Justin Bieber's new wife Hailey Bieber were spotted at the same restaurant as Gomez

                            Selena Gomez defends Madison Beer after Selenators target her for hanging out with Hailey Baldwin
Madison Beer and Selena Gomez (Getty Images)

Selena Gomez was forced to take to social media on Monday to calm her army of fans, or Selenators as they are known worldwide, down after they launched a vitriolic assault on singer Madison Beer.

Although Madison is a friend of Selena, the 'Rare' singer was forced to play peacemaker after Beer was spotted hanging out with Justin Bieber's new wife Hailey Baldwin at the same restaurant as Gomez.

Justin and Selena were famously one of pop music's iconic couples before officially breaking up in 2018, and Gomez's new album 'Rare' is filled with parting shots at Bieber for undervaluing her in their tumultuous relationship.

Madison Beer performs onstage during the KIIS FM Wango Tango Village at 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 01, 2019, in Carson, California. (Getty Images)

The whole controversy emerged in the wake of Selena's successful launch of her album 'Rare', which already looks like it will be another No. 1 record based on the hype surrounding it.

Released on January 10, 2020, the record contains plenty of references to her ex Justin Bieber in songs like the previously-released smash-hit singles 'Lose You To Love Me', 'Look At Her Now' and the album's title track, 'Rare'.

After receiving a strong response to the album from her millions of fans worldwide (165 million followers and counting), Selena decided to hold a celebration dinner party at the popular restaurant Craig's in West Hollywood on Saturday night.

However, in a strange coincidence, it appeared that her friend Beer was also present at the restaurant with someone who was no doubt familiar to Selena Gomez — Justin Bieber's new wife, Hailey Baldwin.

Madison and Hailey were reportedly not there for Selena's album celebration party but were having dinner separately at Craig's. The two were spotted leaving the restaurant about an hour after Selena left in a flurry of paparazzi camera flashes.

Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018, in New York City (Getty Images)

The coincidental run-in left Gomez's fans suspecting that it was an intentionally nefarious move on Beer's part, and they consequently decided to vent their frustrations out on Beer's latest social media posts.

Thousands of Selena's followers (and Beer's) turned on Beer and attacked her with angry, accusatory comments after assuming that she had tried to put a dampener on Selena's party plans by bringing her ex's new wife into the mix.

However, both Beer and Selena addressed the hateful comments, attempting to nip them in the bud on social media.

Beer commented that she "just had dinner with my friend Hailey of 10 years... and that's it? How is that a crime? I love selena.. always have ... and I would literally never in a million years try to upset her??? This is just mean and unnecessary and nothin happened."

Selena Gomez attends "The Dead Don't Die" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Gomez herself immediately leaped to the defense of her friend Beer in the comments section, saying that it was "disgusting reading all of this. This wasn't intentional whatsoever."

"I'm so disappointed that people would speak to someone like this. I have known Madison since she was a baby and watched her continue to become the woman she is. There is no issue," she added. 

Things appeared to calm down after Gomez herself addressed the fans who were baying for Beer's blood. Given how the singer promptly and maturely handled the whole situation, Beer must be really glad that she has such a 'Rare' friend in Gomez!

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