Selena Gomez: ‘My intention was never to become a tabloid’

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Selena Gomez is still doing promotion for her album – an album full of songs about how she’s over Justin Bieber – and that’s why she covers the latest issue of Interview Magazine. The photoshoot is, in a word, horrid. I think Selena is a pretty young woman who is also sort of dependent on styling. Her natural look is quite pretty, but sometimes magazine stylists want to make her look “goth” or “princessy” or “weird amalgamation of a dozen pop stars” and it never works. This cover is a disaster! Lord. Anyway, Selena was interviewed by Amy Schumer and it’s surprisingly ass-kissy. Amy doesn’t ask Selena any hard questions or press her about anything, so we just have Selena complaining about “the media” for most of the time. Oh, honey. You can read the full thing here. Some highlights:

How she’s always trending news: “The sad part is that I don’t remember a time when that wasn’t the case. What has kept me afloat is that I know eventually it’ll be someone else—and I don’t mean that in a negative way. Sometimes it’s been bad for my career, but other times it’s like, “Now I can talk about things like my depression and anxiety, things that I’ve struggled with and which I’m totally open about, because I believe in seeking help.” But other than that, what keeps me grounded is that I do my best to avoid it. It’s not like I don’t live my life.

Why she shares her personal life & struggles: “My intention was never to become a tabloid. So when things kind of happened that way, it got out of control. And then I was like, “Wait, none of this is true.” The way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad, when in reality there’s nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love. I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative and it was killing me. I’m so young and I’m going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life’s going.

The song “Lose You to Love Me”: “I wrote it at the beginning of last year, and had just gotten out of treatment. It was a moment when I came back and I was like, “I’m ready to go into the studio with people I trust and start working on songs.” There was an air around it where people were very happy, because it was like I was going to finally be me. But I didn’t necessarily see it that way at the time. When I wrote the song, I was basically saying that I needed to hit rock-bottom to understand that there was this huge veil over my face.

Whether her fans should worry about her: “No. I’ve gone through some really difficult stuff, and because of those moments, whether I liked it or not, a picture was painted of my life. That was scary because I didn’t want it to affect my career.

Whether she’ll get involved in this year’s election: “No, I don’t plan on doing that for another 30 years. [Laughs] But I’m encouraging as many people as possible to vote. It’s something that me and my friends talk about constantly. I’ll be fully on the ground pressuring people to vote.

[From Interview Magazine]

I just… I have complicated feelings about Selena at this point, and I have weird feelings about how she pretends to be completely innocent in everything that happened to her, and everything she actively did in her life. To be clear, I don’t think that Selena “deserves” to have bad sh-t happen to her because she was open and public and went through one major toxic relationship with a celebrity. But I also feel like she’s completely abdicating responsibility in what could have been a massively teachable moment, you know? Instead of blaming Justin, blaming the media, blaming her fans for being interested in her life, why not say “you know what, I don’t have to be so publicly confessional and dramatic, actually.” But where’s the fun in that?

Selena Gomez hits the Orange Carpet for the 2020 Hollywood Beauty Awards in Hollywood, CA

Cover courtesy of Interview, additional photo courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. minx says:

    Um, her face on that cover….?

    • Cacec04 says:

      It looks awful! It looks like a combo of bad photoshop (elongating her face) and the “cat eye” surgery that’s caught on. She used to have rounder eyes and I don’t think that’s just makeup nor is it just this photo where her eyes look different. Looks like they’re trying to make her look like Ariana Grande.

    • crogirl says:

      She reminds me of Alyssa Milano on the cover.

    • Bellezza says:

      I came to ask the same thing. Did someone at the magazine grab the wrong person’s photo? It’s a completely different girl, yeah?

    • Jules says:

      what is going on? people are morphing into someone else right before our very eyes.

      • yeyeye says:

        i feel like they stole Rosalia’s style and energy for this photo spread… kind of wack

    • Spicecake38 says:

      She looks like the lost Kardashian sister.

  2. Naddie says:

    There’s a word in portuguese that fits her so well. Also i find her lack of talent shocking considering the fame she has.

    • Ann says:

      She is so untalented. I too find it completely absurd that she is so popular as a singer. The songs of hers that I don’t hate are autotuned and over produced, which they pretty have to be because she is flat out not a good singer.

    • minx says:

      Yes. She’s a cute girl with no talent.

    • Léna says:

      She really does not sing well and I don’t understand how it’s possible she got this famous. Even if Rihanna is not the best singer (with all the love I have for Rihanna), she has such charisma, presence and persona I don’t care it’s an ensemble I love. Selena is just blah (there are not equals at all, but I wanted to explain myself haha

    • Humbugged says:

      If there is a word in Portuguese then Hailey probably knows it

  3. Lisa says:

    That cover is a mess.

  4. Rachel says:

    Another Demi Lovato…energy sucker.

  5. Lucy says:

    She’s trying SO hard to be sexy, it’s kind of cute. Now, I don’t wish to underestimate her or anything, but if she has such a hard time dealing with the downfalls of fame, why doesn’t she just step away from it all? I’ve heard her at least once saying she’d be totally ok if everything just went away one day. I would believe that from someone like, say, Zendaya. Not sure I believe Selena very much.

    • Erinn says:

      I feel like there’s a certain amount of pigeonholing when it comes to kids that have been in the industry their whole lives. It seems to be really difficult to give up that lifestyle even if it’s something they want to do. Plus, with the fame comes a level of protection from crazed fans or weirdos obsessed with her, which she wouldn’t have if she gave it up for a normal life.

      I think there’s also sadly a responsibility for these kids to provide for the rest of their families. On top of that – she has Lupus, which isn’t a cheap disease to treat. So I can see why staying in that lifestyle is just easier for her, despite the negative effects.

  6. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    What does that even mean? Become a tabloid. She didn’t. She’s a singular entity. An illustration of an ego that’s left the building. Quit talking, and they’ll quit writing. She hasn’t figured out, at her hearty age, that she’s at the helm. A little maturity goes a long way when sailing your ship.

  7. Daisy says:

    It’s insane to me the amount of fame she has compared to how mediocre she is in her singing and acting. And the fact she has almost 200 MILLION followers but could barely crack 100k album sales says it all.

  8. Chickaletta says:

    Is there an Asian equivalent to blackfishing?

    • Tina says:

      This is honestly some blackface bs. If u compare this cover to the pic of her below she’s two different shades. I’m middle eastern tan super easily and I still don’t look like I’m a completely different race even after hours of sun…when will the magazines ever ever learn this shit is not OK

    • sassafras says:

      Thank you. I came here because of my discomfort with that. It’s odd in every way.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      She’s half Mexican, but I’ve never heard that she was Asian at all.

      • Chickaletta says:

        I meant that the make up and eyebrows and hair seem to be trying to make her look Asian (as well as black, which she is neither). Sorry, my bad.

      • DiegoInSF says:

        @Chickaletta, hmmm, trenzas (braids) are definitely also, a Mexican thing, also baby hairs are a Latina thing too, see JLO.

  9. Celina says:

    So she’s saying she’s not going to vote but she’s going to pressure everyone else to?

  10. Kelly says:

    That cover is straight-up the worst picture I’ve ever seen of her.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      I would never have identified her & I read this site daily, rarely the other celeb sites…I’m also not in favor of sexualizing the baby look, it’s creepy beyond description.

  11. sassafras says:

    I’m uncomfortable with her at every level now. So your ex did you dirty. Join the freaking club and grow up. She just feels so… entitled to me now. I don’t know, maybe it’s the pandemic, but I have much less patience for “celebrities” that have the bare minimum of talent/ looks. Take your child star money and make your life something of value.

  12. Ashley says:

    unpopular opinion – i really like Rare and I don’t get the impression it’s all about Justin Bieber when i listen to it. I like her music and she’s a very talented comedic actress – i would love to see her act again. But it is probably time to stop allowing the media to play such a large role in her life.

  13. Mrs. Peel says:

    That pic doesn’t look anything like her, also, I don’t need or want another person who can’t cook to be on a cooking show. What was HBO thinking?

  14. Lalandgal says:

    I think she was styled to look like Doja Cat, who is pretty darn cool (music)/booked/busy/happenning. Selena is a beautiful woman, talented as she is. This “reinvention” seems to come from others and not by her own doing. :(

  15. Bread and Circuses says:

    I understand what that cover was trying to do.

    It’s trying to make her look dirty/sexy. And that was done purposefully to act as an antidote to the “cute little girl” image Selena’s been stuck with all this time because the way her face is built makes her look very young.

    I think the cover accomplishes what it set out to do, and it’s consistent with the grown-up image they’re trying to get to “stick” to Selena for this album. Whatever you might think of it, it was not a misfire or a mistake.