Rihanna and Bieber have never seemed anything more than platonic, but Life and Style has claimed that the teen popstar’s alleged dalliance is the “real” reason behind his breakup with Gomez, the New York Post reported.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber. Pic/Santa Banta

According to the mag, Gomez was “devastated” after she heard the shocking news that the ‘Baby’ hitmaker had cheated on her.  A friend of the former couple said that it was devastating for her.

“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,” the friend said.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez. Pics/Santa Banta

The “insider” also said that Bieber “would never tell anyone he messed around with Rihanna because it would make him look like a dirty dog.”  Another “insider” said that Bieber and Rihanna continued their “affair” while filming the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last November.

A source close to the Barbadian singer laughed off the story and told GossipCop it was false, while a rep for Bieber also dismissed the report. 

Rihanna. Pics/Santa Banta