Selena Gomez is seeking a revival in every way in 2016. And from influences on her music to her feelings about Victoria’s Secret models to those never-ending rumors that she’s reuniting with former boyfriend Justin Bieber to recreate “Jelena,” Selena revealed the details in an in-depth Rolling Stone interview that’s gone viral for what Gomez shared.
Starting in mid-2015, Selena changed her tunes to pop torch, and her fans have cheered on her songs, such as “Good for You,” “Same Old Love,” and “Hands to Myself,” by pushing them to the top of the charts. Although Gomez produced her inaugural album as a Disney bubble-gum teen when she was only 16, Selena has only now come into her own with the dramatic Revival album.
Now 23, Gomez recalls her emotions when she first heard the lyrics to “Good For You,” symbolizing a move from farewell to the teeny bopper days and hello to becoming a sophisticated adult.
“When I heard that song, I freaked out. I felt confident and comfortable in who I am. I felt sexy. I was aching to do stuff like that.”
Beyond her songs, Selena has taken steps that also showcase her adulthood status. Previously living with her stepfather and mother, who also played the role of her manager, Gomez moved out and found a new manager.
As for the video that went viral showing Bieber singing to her, Selena regrets it and wants to make it clear she’s longing to stop discussing Jelena reunion possibilities.
“Well, I am sorry, first of all,” said Gomez of that famous serenade. “And honestly, what I would love to be printed is that I am so beyond done with talking about that, and him.”
As for whether it made the American Music Awards more difficult, Selena denied that the Biebs’ purported reconciliation and attempt at a romance reunion had any impact on her.
“Not at all. I don’t alter my life because of what people are going to talk about. If I go and have a great time, I live my life and nothing is going to dictate how I feel unless I let it,” said Gomez firmly.
For those who thought that the title of some of her songs, such as “Same Old Love,” are about Justin, Selena says that she’s seeking to portray a cycle rather than a specific person in her music.
“It’s a song about a cycle, a cycle that people understand. It drives you mad, but it’s beautiful. People have seen most of the choices that I’ve made in my life. And I love every choice that I’ve made. Because now I understand how to apply that to my music. This is who I am. I’m glad my life was never perfect,” added Gomez.
As for her recent Victoria’s Secret stint with models, Selena enjoyed every minute of her performance. However, she admitted that those tall, perfect models were somewhat intimidating.
“Man, it makes you want to work out and not eat anything,” joked Gomez. “I did feel really short, but it was really fun. And the pressure wasn’t all on me. It was great to be able to dance with these beautiful women.”
Although Selena is hoping to spread the word that “Jelena” will not be returning to the list of hot couples in 2016, she has been reported to be in an off-again-on-again romance with Niall Horan.
However, they weren’t united at Christmas because of problems communicating, according to Hollywood Life.
Gomez wants the 22-year-old pop star to be the one to make the next move, and he’s hoping the same for Selena, resulting in a mess of mixed messages.
“Selena wants to be with Niall, but she is waiting for him to make a move, and he is waiting for her to make a move to hang out with each other more,” an insider revealed to Hollywood Life. “They can’t get on the same page to see each other as often as they would like. It is not ruining the fact that they like each other very much, it is just frustrating for Selena.”
Moreover, according to that insider, Gomez is hesitant because of the heartbreak she has experienced before.
“She is weary of giving her heart to him because she doesn’t want it broken,” added the same insider.
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