Selena Gomez knows what a sensationalized story could do, and she’s not here for it.
Gomez is GQ magazine’s latest cover star – posing in a bikini top and cropped jean shorts for photographer Victor Demarchelier, but more revealing than her photoshoot is the intimate look into the hardships of superstardom she faces on the daily.
Gomez attempts to channel her turbulent past in the form of Revival, her most recent studio record, but it’s consistently rehashed by magazines like GQ that want the scoop.
The “Hands To Myself” singer opens up about moving away from the chaos in L.A. to find normalcy in Calabasas with her two gal pals. “Either you’re going to succumb to it and be surrounded by all the noise and enjoy it and get the rush from it,” she says, “or you’re going to be so far off of it because you don’t trust anyone or think any of it’s genuine. That’s the girl that I am.”
She admits her fresh face forces her out of more adult roles she’s capable of playing. “I’m young, and I look younger,” she says. “So the roles that I want to go for, it’s all about how the face is. I can play like I’m 16 still. Doesn’t really work for the things I want to do.”
And something she’s dreadfully tired of discussing? Her trip to a rehab facility in 2014. Though she’s already come forward to admit the visit was to seek treatment for lupus, reporters want to find an ulterior motive – drugs and alcohol.
“No, no, no, no, no,” Gomez says as she cuts the reporter off from insinuating anything further.
“First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay. And I was going through leukemia” — the writer adds he thinks she means chemotherapy – “and I went to two different locations for those treatments. It’s really frustrating, because I am 100 percent allowed to have that, but I think people just want to have some sort of… I understand what you’re asking, but I’m just saying, I don’t think it really matters.”
Gomez can’t seem to escape her former self.
“My past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out.”
Read the full interview here.