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Everyone Is Talking About The Giant Diamond Ring That J Balvin Gave To Justin Bieber, But What Does It All Mean?

Justin Bieber received a massive diamond ring from J Balvin that has everyone wondering what is going on? The 25-year-old posted a photo of the ring as an Instagram story, thanking Balvin for the lavish accessory but he didn’t provide any context for the gift. 

The “What Do You Mean?” singer photographed his hand wearing the giant square-cut diamond on his index finger, along with his 18 karat gold Tiffany & Co. wedding band on his ring finger. Some wondered if the exchange was a sign the pair were going to collaborate again. 

Balvin responded to Bieber’s thank you note.

“J Balvin, thank you for the ring,” Bieber shared on his Instagram story featuring a tiny gif of Balvin himself. 

The 34-year-old “Mi Gente” singer wrote back on his account, “It’s all love Má g!!!” with a few laughing and crying emojis. Fans began to speculate that the two were collaborating on a song together possibly called “The Ring” or referencing a ring in the title. It wouldn’t be too big of a shock, the singers are connected in more ways than one. 

Rumors swirl that Balvin will be collaborating with Bieber.

Balvin previously worked with Bieber on the hit “Sorry” remix. Not only that, they share the same manager: Scooter Braun. The two also seemed to just vibe together according to Balvin.

“I was like ‘I love your kicks,’ and he was like ‘I like your jacket too,” Balvin told Hot 97 about meeting Bieber before they collaborated. “It was a good vibe. I have respect for everybody, so we were talking about life, fashion and two months later he was like ‘why don’t you do the remix?’ It was something real and organic. It was all about good energy and good vibes.”

Bieber has not said much about his new album which would be the first since 2015’s Purpose. Despite doing features with other artists like Billie Eilish and DJ Khaled he has only suggested that it would be released soon. But the timing could be right, Balvin just released a new single called “Blanco” off of his first and currently unnamed solo album since his joint effort Oasis with Bad Bunny. 

“I want to be that guy to make Spanish music global so I’m going to keep pushing it … it’s something Latino people have been working on for 100 years and now we’re seeing the effects … I know I’ve got a mission and the mission is to be inspiring, inspire the world. Good vibes. I represent culture, I represent youth, I represent the people that follow me. Because what we have is power, people listen to us,” Balvin told Hypebeast over the summer.

With the two possibly releasing new albums under the same management and around the same time, it seems all the more likely they might just be working together. 

Bieber is allegedly working on a new album. 

According to People, sources told the magazine that Bieber is already working on his first album in more than four years. 

“Hopefully in time for the holidays,” the source told People, adding it will be “released very soon.”

In October, Bieber told his fans that if a post on Instagram received 20 million likes he would release new music before Christmas. Bieber who has 121 million fans on the platform only received a little over 11 million likes. 

“If this gets 20 million likes Justin Bieber will release an album before Christmas,” Bieber wrote. “Share it, like it, post in your story, I gotta see the demand. Love you guys pumped for it! I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.”

Bieber has been newly motivated to create new music after addressing some of his deeper mental health issues, according to People’s source. In April, Bieber crashed Ariana Grande’s Coachella appearance and performed with her on stage.

“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight. So anyway, this is my first time on stage in two years,” he told the audience. “I had to get my groove back, my swag back. By the way — album coming soon.” 

If You’re Struggling With Mental Health Problems, J Balvin Wants You To Know You’re Not Alone

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If You’re Struggling With Mental Health Problems, J Balvin Wants You To Know You’re Not Alone

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J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. His ‘Arcoiris’ tour, which holds a partnership with arts collective “Friends With You,” stayed true to its name, bringing light, color, and positivity to every city it stopped in. The tour of the US started in September and ended just a few weeks ago in LA’s Staples Center. The Colombian reggaeton icon kept up his signature high energy and used the tour as a platform to shine a light on a very taboo subject in the Latino community; mental health.

J Balvin used his tour as a platform to talk about mental health issues.

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The Colombian singer’s “Arcoiris Tour” officially launched Sept. 11 in Atlanta and then headed off to Miami, Toronto, Boston, New York, and Tulsa. The itinerary also included visits to Phoenix, El Paso, San Jose, and Las Vegas before wrapping up in Los Angeles on Oct. 26 and in all of those stops Balvin took a moment to talk about immigration, mental health issues, love, and compassion. 

Arcoiris was a bright and energetic show that shone a light on issues close to the singer’s heart.

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The Arcoiris Tour, or “rainbow” tour in English, stayed true to its name as every night, a venue was covered with neon lights, dancers dressed in elaborate costumes that ranged from walking clouds to mushrooms. All the while, the performers were accompanied by a huge cloud-shaped screen and two smaller screens that displayed colorful graphics throughout the night.   

J Balvin performed his big hits and paid tribute to other icons of the genre.

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Balvin performed some of his biggest hit songs like “Bonita” and “Ginza,” as well as iconic songs by fellow reggaeton singers, such as Wisin y Yandel’s “Rakata” and Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” He would later move on to perform “La Canción,” which is part of Balvin’s collaborative album with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, titled “Oasis.” 

The singer then came to a halt to share his important message.   

During ‘La Cancion’ Balvin took a moment during the interlude to first speak on the importance of addressing one’s own mental health, encouraging people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and letting the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

The singer also addressed immigration issues, by sharing his own story. 

J Balvin explained that eight years ago he came illegally into the U.S. where he painted houses and fixed roofs for a living. “Vine con ese sueño de echar para adelante y seguí soñando. Después de pintar casas, pasé a pintar mis sueños.”  

“I came with a dream to move forward,” Balvin said in Spanish. “I followed that dream and after painting houses, I started painting my dreams.”   

The fact of the matter is that Latino culture tends to disregard mental health.

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Balvin highlighted this by reminding the audience that as much as we can trust God to pull us through difficult situations, we must be more willing to seek out professional help when we need it.

In fact, only 20 percent of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns, and only 10 percent contact a mental health specialist, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. J Balvin took the opportunity to raise awareness about how both depression and anxiety affect Latinos and emphasized on the need to address it. 

In social media, Balvin highlights the fact that even artists who seemingly are on top of the world, struggle with mental health issues. 

Balvin has been very transparent with fans about his mental health struggles in recent months. While the hugely successful reggaetonero is having a major moment in his career, he hasn’t remained immune to depression or anxiety. This is why Balvin has used his platform as an urbano superstar to normalize experiences of mental illness for his fans. 

In recent social media posts, the reggaetonero has shared his own experiences as an example of how help and recovery are possible. 

In a video posted on Instagram, J Balvin revealed that he is feeling better now, only after receiving professional help.“I want to thank you all for the good vibes. After two months, I’ve left this chapter of anxiety and depression. Thanks to God, thanks to the professionals, to the medication, and thanks to you for the support. Definitely, sometimes we don’t prioritize these things, but we can always learn to,” he said in the video.

He’s also taken to Twitter to share his evolution with mental illness.

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In a recent tweet, the singer expressed that these two months have been “hell,” but he is now feeling on top of the world. “Seek professional help,” he wrote, “Anxiety and depression are real.” If you struggle with depression and/or anxiety, seek help by reaching out to a trusted friend, relative, teacher, or counselor. You can also reach out for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contacting the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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This Mashup Of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’ And Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Will Bring You To Tears

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This Mashup Of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’ And Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Will Bring You To Tears

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There’s no denying that while Fall has meant the ushering in of a new season for some, it has meant the official closing of a chapter for Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber fans. 

At the end of October, singer Gomez released her new track “Lose You To Love Me” which publicly put the final nail in the coffin of her relationship with Bieber. Of course, many fans had come to accept the ending of their relationship earlier last year when Bieber married his wife Hailey Baldwin.  Still, Gomez’s honest song about the emotional toll and ending of her relationship with Bieber seemed to be the true catharsis her devoted fans needed. The heartrending song meant fans could dust off their hands and move on from their obsession with the relationship. 

Now, after a week of the song’s release, a fan of the two artists has released a fan-made mashup of Bieber’s 2015 hit “Sorry” and Gomez’s new track that acts as a conversation between the former couple.

The new mashup was created by a  Los Angeles-based filmmaker, editor and music producer named Andy Wu

In the video description of the new mashup, Wu wrote that “It’s been 3 years since I made JELENA Megamix (2008-2016). Now their chapter is officially closed and done. I guess it’s time for everyone to move on.” Wu’s mashup which was released on October 27 and began going viral this week, now has nearly 1.5 million views and thousands of comments.

The new video mashup of Gomez and her ex combines Bieber’s 2015 hit “Sorry” with Gomez’s first No. 1 single “Lose You To Love Me.”

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The mashup kicks things off with Bieber’s lyrics stacked onto the melody from Gomez’s new song. For his part, Bieber sings”You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty / You know I try, but I don’t do too well with apologies / I hope I don’t run out of time could someone call a referee / ‘Cause I just need one more shot at forgiveness.”

The verse builds just as Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me” lyrics begins and starts with “I saw the signs and I ignored it/ Rose-colored all distorted / Set fire to my purpose / And I let it burn / You got off on the hurtin’ / When it wasn’t yours.”

Fans of the couple have expressed excitement and approval over the new mashup. 

“This is literally the best mashup I’ve ever heard,” one user wrote in response to the song. 

One user commented that the mashup “literally sounds like I’m listening to both sides of the story, Selena’s and Justin’s.”

Fans of Bieber and Gomez know that the two have had an up and down relationship since 2011.

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Bieber, 25, and Gomez, 27 began dating in 2011 and dated off and on until finally breaking things off in March 2018. Three months after their breakup US Magazine Three months later, Us Weekly confirmed that Justin had begun dating his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin. The two married in September 2018 . 

Gomez has not personally confirmed that her song is about Bieber but did say that it was about personal experiences.

“Although the song ‘Lose You to Love Me’ was cowritten and a collaboration, Selena was very involved in writing and creating it, and the song is obviously about Justin,” a source told In Touch Weekly. “Her fling with The Weeknd did not inspire the song — their relationship was much more short-lived and not deep enough to inspire it.”

Speaking to radio show host Ryan Secrest during his radio show, Gomez addressed how fans have commented her “two months” lyric and pointed out that it has been a common thread in her relationships.

“I’ve actually experienced that a million times before,” Gomez told Secrest during an interview. “And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. It’s all very real to me and I’m sure it’s all just entertainment for other people, but I think I had become numb to it. And it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, because it’s everything I claim to be and do.”

Check out the music video below.

“I’ve actually experienced that a million times before,” Gomez told Secrest during an interview. “And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. It’s all very real to me and I’m sure it’s all just entertainment for other people, but I think I had become numb to it. And it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, because it’s everything I claim to be and do.”