Selena Gomez: ‘I’m not on the internet…the reason why is, it’s not real to me’

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Selena Gomez covers the October issue of Elle, and yes, I did have the thought of “what in the world is she even promoting?” But I read the piece – go here for Elle’s cover story – and I get it. She’s taken a bit of a break from “Hollywood” and “the grind,” and she’s trying to refocus on other things beyond acting and singing. During the interview, she was interning at A21, a “global anti–human-trafficking nonprofit.” She chose to do the Elle cover to highlight their work, basically. And she’s also setting the record straight about some things… things that don’t involve Justin Bieber. Some highlights:

She moved to Orange County: “It’s been such a release. L.A.’s just gotten really claustrophobic for me. I can’t do any of the things I do here in L.A. It’s just impossible… I think everything in my life is being majorly downsized, in a very good way. I’m going back to simplicity. That’s always who I’ve been. It’s not me saying, ‘I feel the best I’ve ever felt.’ It’s me saying, ‘I’m exactly where I am. And I’m so happy I’m in this place.’ It’s a lot of self-discovery. From 20 to 26? Oh my gosh. I feel like a totally different person.”

On supporting Demi Lovato: “All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I…I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So…it’s…that’s what I’ll say.”

On turning 26: “It’s peaceful. It’s weird. The moment I turned 26, I felt 26. Right now, I feel very sure of where I am. I don’t feel erratic or emotionally unstable. Or like I can’t handle my emotions, like I used to. It’s kind of understanding myself a little more. By all means I don’t have myself figured out. But it feels good.”

On working with Woody Allen: “I think it’s best not to [comment].”

She doesn’t GAF anymore: “I’m not on the internet. I haven’t been on the internet in months. I don’t have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game.” (Gomez still updates Instagram from her friend’s phone, who has access to her account.) “The reason why is, it’s not real to me. I know my voice is very prominent, but I’m not careless with it. I’m selective. As far as my personal life, someone sees me having a glass of wine? I could give two sh-ts. I’m not trying to hide. That’s my life. I’m living it the way I want to live it. But it’s about making a conscious effort—if I can have a moment to be with my friends, I’ll take that time. So I don’t have any of it. I had to make that decision.”

[From Elle]

I feel like Selena has been in a near-constant state of decompressing and simplifying her life for the past three years or so. There’s something weird about someone in her mid-20s with so much baggage and drama that she’s giving yearly interviews about how her goal is to keep things as simple as possible, unlike last year when she claimed she was simplifying but she was really full of drama. My point? I don’t know. Selena is drama. It’s who she is. She can move out of LA, she can delete Instagram from her phone, but she’s still drama. Case in point: she still can’t bring herself to say it was a bad idea to work with Woody Allen. She knows what she’s doing too.

Also: Selena got on Instagram to complain about how this interview was written, but I don’t even understand her complaint. Something about church? Blah.

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Photos courtesy of Mariano Vivanco for Elle Magazine, courtesy of promotional email.

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  1. Maya says:

    Umm Instagram & Twitter is internet 🤦🏽‍♀️

    • Crumbs says:

      I think she probably meant that she hasn’t been on the internet from her phone in months. Her updates on Instagram are more work related (I think they get paid per post), and it’s not even on her phone.

      I have a soft spot for Selena. She has problematic parts (Woody, etc), sure. I think she really does try to stay in her own lane though.

  2. Char says:

    I already thought she was annoying, but after the no-comment on Woody Allen, #canceled.

  3. Renee2 says:

    Four years from 30 and she looks even more baby faced.

    • Eleonor says:

      Probably there is some Photoshop involved,
      but I had my baby face until my early 30′s until 34/35 it’s genetic.
      And when you approach the 40′s you appreciate that baby face A LOT.
      Thanks to my Latina mum!

  4. ZGB says:

    I think the Woody Allen comment is because whatever she says will sound like a pathetic excuse. So she’s been advised against

  5. Jess says:

    she’s only staying out of the internet because she got dragged so hard the last time she was on it (kimye vs swift feud).

  6. Nancy says:

    She doesn’t feel emotionally unstable yet is working with Woody Allen but is afraid to talk about it….that kind of cancels out she doesn’t GAF anymore. Yeah she’s stable..

  7. adastraperaspera says:

    I think it’s funny how she is talking about Orange County as someplace far, far away from L.A.

  8. girl_ninja says:

    She’s annoying af.

  9. SWP says:

    My personal rule of Thumb: the more someone talks and talks and talks about something being so great (be it their relationship, their happiness, their workouts, how much they eat, their “IDGAF” attitude), the more troubled/struggling they are about said issue.

  10. Amy says:

    It’s amazing how she can manage to be the most annoying person on the internet, all while “not even going on the internet”. I can’t help but laugh at the cover saying she finally breaks her silence. Excuse me, but have we ever gone even a month without her drama? She is so tiring.

  11. Corporatestepsister says:

    She sounds like Lena Dunham, who once spouted off about how fame is ‘disgusting’ and everyone thought it was so laughably pretentious.