Continuing her current career high, Selena sits down with W Mag to contemplate the past year.
Selena Gomez graces the cover of February’s W Magazine and poses for a sexy beach shoot too.
— W magazine (@wmag) February 3, 2016
She spoke to the magazine about transitioning from Disney actress to pop star:
“Once Disney was over, I was like: Oh, shit. I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I had to learn to be myself.”
The confusion as to how to handle her own public identity continued as her relationship with Justin Bieber worsened:
“At first I didn’t care. To me it was: I’m 18, I have a boyfriend, we look cute together, we like that. Then I got my heart broken and I cared. Because people had no idea what was going on, but everywhere it was a million different things. I was kind of in a corner, banging my head against the wall. I didn’t know where to go.”
Before putting the issue of Biebs to bed entirely:
“I’m so exhausted. I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”
She also talked down rumours of a feud with Miley Cyrus:
“Every single girl has [transitioned away from Disney] completely differently. Obviously, she wouldn’t want to be doing what I’m doing, and I wouldn’t want to be doing what she’s doing. But I’m a fan of her music…I don’t know if she’d say that about me. We never feuded. We both liked the same guy when we were 16. It was just a Hilary Duff–Lindsay Lohan thing: ‘Oh, my God, we like the same boy!’. We are now completely settled in our own lives.
The interview also focuses heavily on Selena’s social media presence and her desire to eventually quit music, but unfortunately only barely delves into Selena’s music at all. Revival captured pop fans attention, in a way Gomez’s music previously hadn’t. That doesn’t warrant any lengthy discussion? Why continue to ask Selena about Justin Bieber when both the album and her constant closed-off statements regarding him indicate she has well and truly moved on, seeking to redefine (or, hello, revive) her persona without him. It’s time for the media to catch up with her on that.