Hey, did you realize that Rihanna knew Justin Bieber when he was a mere pup of 14? Here's a hilarious pic of the two of them posing together in 2009. The point in mentioning their history? It makes Life & Style's latest cover story all the more creepy.
The upshot: The tab claims that RiRi, 24, and Justin, 18, secretly hooked up after hanging out at a basketball game in early 2011 (the picture at left), not long after he became serious with on-off squeeze Selena Gomez. And it was this supposed cheating revelation that prompted Selena to call it quits (for the umpteenth time) a few weeks back.
"It has devastated her," alleges a self-proclaimed pal of Jelena's. "It really cut like a knife because it happened in February of 2011, when Selena and Justin had been dating for months and were falling in love. It's caused Selena to question their entire relationship."
For those keeping track, that would mean that Justin was just 16 when this purported rendezvous with Rihanna took place, which would be a) illegal and b) icky.
Oh, and Gomez, 20, "thinks maybe they've been hooking up all along," because when Bieber and RiRi performed at November's Victoria's Secret show in New York, "They'd sneak away to the Hotel Giraffe" during breaks, alleges a source. "They were alone -- their security made sure of it. Hotel staff blocked off the entire floor for them."
Conveniently, however, Justin "would never tell anyone he messed around with Rihanna because it would make him look like a dirty dog," adds the first insider.
We have clearly entered into a tabloid dry spell when "seduced" is used in conjunction with Justin. The official word from Camp Bieber and Camp Rihanna on the "affair" story, per Gossip Cop: Completely untrue and never happened.