Speaking her truth! Selena Gomez revealed on January 13 that she wrote “Lose You to Love Me” because she was tired of “protecting people” who didn’t do the same for her. Due to the timeline of when the song was written and some specific lyrics, many fans think the song is about her longtime on-again, off-again ex Justin Bieber. The songstress opened up to Jimmy Fallon during a sit down interview and explained that she simply wanted to use her voice.

“I think there came a point in my life where there were so many things being said on my behalf and I found myself protecting people that didn’t really protect me because, you know, I didn’t really want to start anything,” the 27-year-old confessed on The Tonight Show. “But, I had a right to say my side of the story and I felt like … that was so liberating because it almost felt like I had let it go personally, inside of me, once it was out. And, that’s the greatest gift, I think.”

Selena Gomez on Jimmy Fallon January 13

In the track off of her album Rare, Selena sings, “In two months, you replaced us/ Like it was easy.” This fits the timeline of when the former Wizards of Waverly Place star and Justin, 25, split and the pop star moved on with his now-wife, . The brunette beauty touched on where she was at that time in her life versus now during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on October 24.

“It’s weird because I wrote the song over a year ago — ‘Lose You to Love Me.’ It’s like I feel completely different from when I wrote it, so it’s such an interesting thing,” she divulged. “I’m really grateful because I’ve actually experienced that a million times before … That’s the unfortunate part about what I do. It’s all very real to me, and I’m sure it’s 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 ’cause it would be inauthentic and that’s everything I claim to be and do.”

Although the music focuses on Selena’s past, she’s looking ahead to the future and feeling great in her own skin. “Selena’s feeling more confident than ever before, and with , [she] has learned not to conform to Hollywood or change herself to fit in,” a source exclusively told Life & Style. “While she loves fashion and getting dressed up, she’s equally as comfortable being seen out wearing no makeup.”

Keep doing you, Sel!