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Long before social media mind games and the crumbling of a "marry Justin" sign at a concert, the now defunct #Jelena — Justin and Selena Gomez — were young and in love. Now all we have left are the sweet nothings that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber once said about each other... and they completely explain why fans hold on to hope that they'll reunite someday. Here are 16 adorable quotes, ranked by sweetness — hope you brought some tissues.

16

In the beginning, Justin was NOT afraid to sing Gomez' praises.

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"She's really cool. She's an amazing person," he told MTV News back in 2010.

15

We loved how open Bieber was about her.

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In 2011 Beiber told UK's The People that "it's so important that a girl makes me laugh … I like to mess around and pull jokes on people so I like to be around people who make me laugh and share my sense of humor. That's Selena for sure."

14

Bieber's confession about why he couldn't stop kissing Gomez was so adorable.

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"She has very kissable cheeks," Bieber said on Ellen back in 2011.

13

A grand gesture like this is something you'd want to scream from a rooftop.

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"If I'll share anything with you, it's that he really is a hopeless romantic. I had just mentioned it in the car — all I said is that I really want to see 'Titanic' again, and then…" Gomez told Elle in 2012 about that one time Bieber rented out the Staples Center in L.A. to watch the movie with her.

12

Why Bieber fell for Gomez will give you all of the feels.

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In that 2012 interview with Oprah he said "I am all about really genuine people, and I feel like she's one of the most genuine people. She has a really good heart. I feel like I can talk to her about anything."

11

Gomez vocalized similar feelings about compatibility when it came to Bieber.

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She told David Letterman in 2011 that "He's been in my life for so long. It's just nice to have someone that understands what you're going through."

10

Even the briefest mentions could be so heartwarming.

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In a 2011 interview with the Elvis Duran show, Beiber said "My life is very good right now. She's just another blessing."

9

That four letter word gets us every time.

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"I love him. He’s been in my life a very long time," Gomez told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush in 2011. "He’s my friend," she added.

8

Not feeling the need to hide their relationship from cameras was a beautiful thing.

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"I never make her separate from me because I don't want her to ever feel like I'm ashamed of her because. I feel like a lot of guys do that, especially in the business. They don't want to be seen with the girl, so they'll make them ride in separate cars and do all that getaway stuff. If we get away, we're getting away together," Bieber told Oprah in 2012.

7

But Bieber knows that breakups don't mean you stop caring, and we can relate.

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"[She] is someone I love dearly. I'm never going to stop loving her. I'm never going to stop checking in on her. I don’t think if you end a relationship, you should end that, unless it was super toxic and you guys were hurting each other physically or mentally," he told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush in 2015. "We always respected each other and we still respect each other," he added.

6

Moving on can be painful but the admiration that lingers was admirable.

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"It was really tough. I don't know if I'm over it yet. I think that I'm definitely in another place, and I think we've definitely went our separate ways. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her." Bieber told Access' Bush in 2015.

5

Gomez was proud of the potential she always saw in Bieber.

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Speaking about being judged for dating bad boy Bieber and then seeing him make a major comeback in 2015, Gomez told The New York Times "this is what I always saw in him.”

4

But Justin always remembered the good.

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"It was a long relationship that created heartbreak and created happiness and a lot of different emotions that I wanted to write about," Bieber told Ryan Seacrest in 2015.

3

True love never really dies.

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Bieber told Billboard in 2015 that "When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies."

2

The way Justin admitted that getting back together in the future was not off of the table was so mature we could shed a tear.

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"Maybe. I mean we have a lot of history together so I'm sure...I mean, it possibly could happen. But I think we're both just on our own journeys of just figuring ourselves out and I think maybe once we figure ourselves out we can come together and make an awesome duo or you know, she'll find someone awesome; I'll find someone awesome. I just want her to be happy, honestly," Bieber told Ellen in 2015.

1

It's not every guy that will admit to this so we have to give Bieber the crown for this quote.

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Bieber told New Zealand radio show Mai Morning Crew in 2015 that the sickest part of his teens wasn't owning a Ferrari, but "probably my relationship with my ex-girlfriend."