If you happened to be strolling through the halls of your neighborhood junior high and you saw bodies littering the floor—heads exploded and hands death-gripping iPods or Trapper Keepers or whatever else it is the kids carry these days—you can blame Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Gomez, in town to do a show Sept. 10 at Mandalay Bay, got onstage with “Justin” scrawled in black on her right wrist. Is it a Sharpie job? Is it a tattoo? We have no idea. All we know is that the Internet has freaked out to a degree that would embarrass the “Leave Britney Alone” guy.
Meanwhile, Sugar Factory leaped at the opportunity to serve Gomez and The Biebs high-end dessert. The candy shop decked out Gomez’s dressing room before the show with gift bags and a red-velvet cake. We’re sure it gave them plenty to pick at awkwardly when Gomez started grilling Bieber on all that “I want to be married and have kids by 25” stuff he talked about to Women’s Wear Daily, without actually mentioning Gomez by name. Women love it when you publicly announce you want to get married to anyone but them.
Incidentally, if anyone ever tries to peddle that whole “there’s nothing to do in Vegas when you’re under 21” angle to you, you can counter with this: There are grainy photos going around online purporting to be Gomez and Bieber together at Blueberry Hill and the Galleria at Sunset mall. See? Pancakes and malls! That’s, like, actual stuff to do.
All of this, of course, comes with the caveat that if Bieber were a regular 17-year-old with a girl’s haircut, his much hotter 19-year-old girlfriend would already have left for college and started cheating on him with a townie while he was still stuck back home in high school.