Tinashe saw what happened to Selena Gomez and wants no part of that.
Gomez has stated many times in recent interviews she wishes people would stop talking about her past, stop bringing up Justin Bieber and know her for being an artist, not a sensationalized celebrity. Unfortunately, her former self haunts her to this day, and Tinashe wants to avoid that entirely.
"I don't feel pressure to look any way so much as I feel pressure to act a certain way," Tinashe tells Paper magazine. "I feel the pressure to date around. People are always shocked to know that I don't date around with other celebrities. [But] it's just not my style. I'm not trying to be well known because of the people I'm dating, or the people that I'm seen with. I'd rather just be known for my music or my art." She grins. "People will say something crazy like, 'Why don't you just go date Justin Bieber and be way more famous?' I'm like, 'What?'"
Tinashe recently cancelled the duration of the Joyride tour because her album of the same name is still in development.
"You can't have too many chefs in the kitchen," she says. "You have to stay true to your own instincts and just have your own vision. I think that is very important. Otherwise you just get lost in the sauce." She adds, "Especially as a young woman in the industry. A lot of people think, 'Oh you're just a cute girl.'" She cringes. "It has nothing to do with your artistry or your heart or work or anything like that. It's obviously just about what you look like."
Read the entire interview here.
PS - is it just me, or do these photos give you Britney Spears 1999 Rolling Stone vibes?