"This was the first time I was able to really trust myself."
Selena Gomez has opened up about lupus, going with her gut and Judy Garland to Billboard.
Billboard's annual Women in Music issue is upon us and alongside cover-girl Lady Gaga's interview, they've sat down for a chat with plenty of other women in the world of pop, including "Good For You" hitmaker, Selena Gomez. After a #1 album and two hit singles, Selena has more than earned her place among the hierarchy of women in pop so catch what she had to say about her new record, her dream collab' as an actress and 2015 in general.
On Revival: "Strength represents a vulnerability. This was the first time I was able to really trust myself and go with my gut."
On her early obsessions: "Judy Garland. I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I didn't realize until I was older that she lived a tragic life."
On lupus: "It has been overwhelming and the response has been very supportive, which is nice -- but it still makes me a little uncomfortable. I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place and I'm very healthy. I'm not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help."
On her album art: "One of my favorite album covers is Miguel's Wildheart. He's shirtless, he's got a woman on him, and it's so beautiful. But that's looked at as a piece of art, whereas people are questioning my album cover - or my character."
On Meryl Streep: "I would totally love to work with Meryl Streep - it doesn't even have to be a whole film. I could be the waitress that comes in and just says, 'Hi.'"
And 2015, on a scale of 1 to 10: "A good 8. A lot of ups and downs, but they helped shape who I am."
Catch the full interview in this month's Billboard magazine.