Se­lena Gomez

Se­lena opens up about love, friend­ship and try­ing to be an or­di­nary girl.

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A lot of your mu­sic and much of the con­cerns of young women re­volve around love and re­la­tion­ships. What have you learnt about those things in life?

I’ve re­alised that be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship is not a fairy tale. There are go­ing to be prob­lems even if you are very much in love. I still be­lieve in ro­mance and great love, though, but I don’t think I’m dif­fer­ent from any­one else.

You have a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing the good girl…

I try to be a good girl, but some­times you want to give in to temp­ta­tion and just let your­self go and not worry about your im­age. But I take my re­spon­si­bil­ity to my fans se­ri­ously. I would like to set a good ex­am­ple. Even when I take on a role like in Spring Break­ers and I’m kind of play­ing a bad girl, I wanted to be sure that the film had in­tegrity and that we were show­ing what can hap­pen when you take chances and make bad choices like those girls do.

How do you keep it to­gether?

I grew up with strong val­ues of Latin cul­ture: fam­ily, friend­ship, and re­spect. I don’t like it when peo­ple are rude. It’s not that hard to be ap­pre­cia­tive, to say please or thank you. I want to al­ways em­brace those kinds of val­ues and be very grate­ful and hum­ble in life. It all starts with how I was raised by my mum and dad and my step­dad and how they shaped who I am. Then I have good friends to rely on when some­times the pres­sures of this busi­ness get to me. I would rather have real friends around me who will feel free to tell me that I’m not look­ing good on a given day or that I should go

work out. I need to have peo­ple like that as my friends who will tell me the truth or at least what they think.

How do you han­dle all your so­cial net­work fol­low­ers on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram?

Some­times I wish that so­cial net­works didn’t ex­ist be­cause you see a lot of bul­ly­ing and mean things be­ing said about peo­ple. I don’t like the idea that some peo­ple feel en­ti­tled to abuse other peo­ple while hid­ing be­hind a screen. I try to use so­cial net­works to stay in touch with my fans and give them a true sense of who I am. It’s also a good way for me to stay in touch with my friends when I’m tour­ing.

Do you ever feel overly stressed by your fame?

I choose to live this life and be able to per­form and en­joy ev­ery­thing that comes with the suc­cess I’ve had. But some­times you feel pan­icked and the weight of the world on your shoul­ders. In the past, we didn’t know about the in­ti­mate daily de­tails of the lives of stars like Au­drey Hep­burn or Mar­i­lyn Monroe so there was more pri­vacy for peo­ple in the spotlight.

Have you changed a lot in the past few years?

I feel more in­de­pen­dent and cu­ri­ous about the world. I think I’m in the process of be­com­ing an adult and I hope my fans are able to see that tran­si­tion, although at times I still feel young. I of­ten hang out with peo­ple who are older than me and I’ve learnt a lot from tour­ing the world. I like to travel in Europe. I even get lost some­times!

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