In a nice change of pace for Selena Gomez, she spent Wednesday night in the company of someone who isn't a petulant, trouble-courting man-boy. The starlet, 21, posed with 34-year-old "girl crush" Zooey Deschanel (again) and another pal for an Instagram photo at Soho House in Los Angeles. The caption: "Ladies being Ladies. Ladies night."
But the girl-centric evening out probably doesn't mean her boy troubles with repeat ex-boyfriend Bieber are over.
This week's People magazine delves into why Selena keeps reuniting with Justin, whom she first began dating in late 2010.
"It's a pattern," explains a Gomez source. "He does something to get her attention and lure her back."
In the most recent case, he posted an Instagram shot of her posing in a gold gown at the post-Oscars Vanity Fair party, gushing, "Most elegant princess in the world."
At the time, Gomez was coming off a two-week stint in rehab, ostensibly prompted in part by the bad influence that is Bieber. She "felt empowered," recalls the insider. "She did well for a few months, then she hung out with him again."
And while they're not "back together" as a "full-fledged couple," despite their recent Texas rendezvous, her camp remains concerned.
"No one's happy about it," sighs the confidant. "But [her family] feels like they've done all they can and it's up to her. She has to figure it out on her own."
So, why does Gomez continue to be drawn into Bieber's dysfunctional orbit? Click on ...