Selena Gomez's "Revival" album leaked two days ahead of schedule.
It was due out Friday, Oct. 9, but in the fast-paced digital age keeping an album under wraps until the announced release date is virtually impossible. Actually, Gomez should savor the fact her new catalogue remained under lock and key for as long as it did. Nonetheless, no, BreatheHeavy isn't sharing any download links with ya until Friday when it's officially plopped onto iTunes.
In the mean time, Gomez's new interview with Billboard magazine must suffice. Here are five highlights from her interview:
She's Overcome a Lot -- and Persevering
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," Gomez says of her time spent out of the spotlight, which gossip-mongers took as fodder for addiction rumors. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
She's Channeling Her Frustration Into Her Music
"I'm so f---ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story," Gomez says. But it helped propel her to new places for Revival: "The hate motivated me."
She's Earned It, And She Knows It
Former boyfriend Justin Bieber is undergoing a similar maturation in the pop world, but Gomez dismisses any notion she's inspired by his career turnaround. "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
She's Taking Control of Her Body Image
Gomez admits Internet trolls affected her self-confidence earlier this year. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight,” Gomez says. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...” According to Gomez, that's why you see her baring her body on the cover of Revival -- she's not afraid of what the online critics might say.
She's Breaking Out of Her Shell
Gomez is understandably reluctant to allow new people into her world, but says pal Taylor Swift is helping her trust others. "Taylor makes me feel empowered, like I can trust new people,” she says of the Squad. “All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell.”
The Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber scandals are in full swing today. #BloodMoon
The interview portion originally appeared on Billboard.com