Selena Gomez is on a mission. Currently gracing the cover of InStyle magazine’s June issue, the 20 year-old has also just released the full video for her new single “Come and Get It.”
In recent weeks the Spring Breakers actress has rarely been out of the headlines.
Her shock visit to see on-off beau Justin Bieber in Oslo, Norway last month set off reams of speculation about whether the pair were getting back together.
Clues came within days when Bieber posted a cosy Instagram of the pair, which he deleted afterwards. But definitive proof of the sweethearts’ back-on romance arrived online on April 26 when the “As Long As You Love Me” singer debuted an unequivocally steamy Instagram of the couple with a caption that said it all:
” ‘You’ve been makin music for too long babe come cuddle’ — her.”
To say the photograph set the Internet on fire would be an understatement.
But it also underscored Gomez’s well underway evolution from Disney princess to grown-up actress and sensuous music starlet.
And she had plenty to say on all of that to InStyle.
‘Jelena’ fans looking for the inside track on the couple’s relationship should hit replay on “Love Will Remember,” a cut from Gomez’s upcoming summer album Stars Dance.
A ballad, naturally, the song traces the couple’s stormy relationship and talks about its end (back in November/December). Despite previous reports that her album wouldn’t address the shirtless one, InStyle says Gomez “makes it crystal clear that she did indeed write it about Bieber.”
The magazine says the song is ambiguous about who ended things, despite the widespread belief that it was Gomez, and says listeners will be left with the idea that it may not have been the Latina’s wish to leave — but something she was driven to.
“That’s the most personal track on the record, for sure,” Gomez reveals. “I think it’s a sweet way of releasing it. It’s not an aggressive approach to what people are probably expecting.”
InStyle says she then paused before adding quietly: “I’m sure he’ll love it too.”
“I should be married with children already,” says the Texan belle.”I’m in love with love and totally believe in marriage, but that’s not even on my radar right now. I am not putting energy into dating.”
Speaking frankly, Gomez nutshelled her pre-split relationship with Bieber as “crazy and very intense.” The decision to split was hard says the actress-singer and admits the media spotlight didn’t help.
“It’s uncomfortable that everywhere I go, people know,” she says. “I don’t like that. But Justin and I never really focused on the attention. You can’t help who you date. So I wouldn’t swear off that or say that’s what I want again.”
“I don’t know. I’m a kid, and a breakup is normal. I have to go through the emotions and feel it out. I’m doing my own thing, being with my friends, and he’s doing very well too.”
Leveling on what quality is most important to her in a partner, Gomez said:
“Honesty. You have to have honesty when you’re living this lifestyle because of the distance imposed when working—you are separated so often. You have to be super-honest and open. That is key.”
The former Wizards of Waverly Place alum also opened up about BFF Taylor Swift.
Describing her as “like a sister to me. We dated the Jonas Brothers at the same time and ended up becoming best friends,” said Gomez. “She’s the one I call when I’m having any sort of sadness. She’s very nurturing and protective.”
Swift, too, was included in InStyle’s feature and was gushingly reciprocal about Gomez.
“I’ve known Selena through some of the most important years of both of our lives,” says Swift. “I’ve seen her grow up gracefully and gradually in spite of all the pressure on her. Selena has learned to make and follow her own rules, when to take a chance on projects that are out of her comfort zone, and when to walk away when something isn’t right. She’s living life on her terms.”
Gomez has her own Kmart fashion line, “Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez,” which is tailored for budget buying.
“I remember when I was younger and kids in school would be wearing $40 sweaters and other things I couldn’t buy,” she recalls. “I wanted to make a line that was supercute and affordable, things a 12-year-old could wear and I could wear too.”
She also co-designs a sports-inspired line, Adidas Neo Label and isn’t averse to a couture upgrade for those red carpet moments. Her faves right now? Dolce & Gabbana and Versace.
“I’m on the petite side and I don’t think I’m curvy, but maybe I’ll grow into it,” she muses. “I like to wear things that are fitted because they give me more shape.”
But she’s no Amanda Bynes. Gomez insists, “I like to show a little bit of skin in a nice way.”
Where She’s At Right Now:
“This is a weird transition for me. I want to keep pushing myself so I never feel settled. I don’t really know if it’s going to end up working. I’m stressed out most of the time,” she says.
Surprisingly, Gomez reveals that at some point down the line she wants to exit music and focus on just acting. Her film heroes are Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman and Shia LaBeouf, because of their continual reinvention.
For now, the star is busy with press rounds for her single and prepping for her recently announced “Stars Dance World Tour,” which kicks off on August 14 in Vancouver.
Like we said, Gomez is a lady on a mission.