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I think you need to remove the subject from the copied background layer, before applying the blur. Use the selection you are using to create the mask - and use it to cut out the subject from the copy. Then apply the blur. Then apply the mask.
Use the "Lens Blur" filter, which is basically a variable diameter blur function that a) avoids the effect of the focused object bleeding into the background and b) uses a more realistic kernel which more closely resembles an out of focus background. You can select the area you want to remain sharp in advance, and then tell the filter how much the rest of ...
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