Selena Gomez is undergoing a career Revival.
Not that the former Disney princess had ever fallen off the world’s radar. But instead, her transformation from child star into full-fledged adult has materialized, seemingly overnight. And it’s all unfolding right before our eyes.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Gomez, 23, admits she “ached” to do more grown-up work, like last month’s viral music video “Hands To Myself.”
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) December 21, 2015
“When I heard that song, I freaked out,” Selena told the magazine “I felt confident and comfortable in who I am. I felt sexy. I was aching to do stuff like that.”
She’s also extremely proud of her work on her fifth album Revival, admitting that she’s taking her music way more seriously than she has in years past.
“It’s complicated to make an artist out of thin air. I was on Barney for two seasons, singing with a purple dinosaur.”
As a backdrop to get her creative juices flowing, Gomez requested something a bit unusual from her record label. “The label thought I just wanted a free vacation,” she joked. But in reality the departure to Puerto Vallarta was a chance to really lock herself away in a studio with her producers Hit-Boy, Rock Mafia, and [songwriters] Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels. The result has been critically received.
Idolator joined Rolling Stone in giving Revival four stars, calling it “an immaculately curated collection that showcases the 23-year-old’s ability to genre-hop and experiment, while staying true to herself.”
The Guardian, meanwhile, loudly declared Selena’s emancipation from her Disney coated past, claiming that through Revival, Gomez is now “free to explore without bluster” in this kind review.
“The most surprising thing about Revival is its understatement, despite the hit-making co-writers, from the softly bubbling beats of the title track and the lust-dream R&B of Good for You to the spooky Ashes to Ashes synths of winning Charli XCX collaboration Same Old Love.”
And that understatement is drawn from exploring her personal side more openly than ever before. Just don’t expect her to comment on exactly who some of her more romantic subjects are based on.
When questioned whether or not “Same Old Love” was about her ex-Justin Bieber, Gomez flat out closed the door on that chapter of her life, focusing on the future rather than the past.
“I am so beyond done with talking about that, and him. 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.”
While Bieber is dealing with the fall out of announcing to the world that he has a new girlfriend, as reported by The Inqusitr, Gomez is content to keep her personal life out of the tabloids, despite every attempt by the media to learn more. Currently, Selena has been linked to One Direction’s Niall Horan, though Gomez a report by Hollywood Life claims the two are not currently an item.
Either way, Gomez seems content to focus on her career rather than her love life. She recently expanded into mature acting roles, appearing alongside Brad Pitt and Christian Bale in Adam McKay’s The Big Short. In the movie, Gomez is tasked to explain intricate Wall St. lingo. Accompanied by Extrapolation Bias economist Dr. Richard Thaler, Selena plays blackjack in a casino to demonstrate how one bad bet has ruinous domino effect when it takes the shape of a Synthetic CDO.
Gomez is also slated to appear in the dark Netflix adaption of the YA novel 13 Reasons Why.
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