I won­der how she does it?

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You can’t deny that Se­lena Gomez has shown amaz­ing re­silience when it comes to han­dling the darker side of fame – one of her most un­der­rated qual­i­ties, in our hum­ble opin­ion.

Fall down seven times, stand up eight, goes the Ja­panese proverb; mean­ing, when life knocks you down, you’ve got to stand right back up. We can’t help but think of Se­lena Gomez when it comes to this say­ing, be­cause life in the lime­light hasn’t been easy on this girl.

The last time we did a Se­lena Gomez cover story, she had just fin­ished her concert in Sin­ga­pore as part of her Re­vival World Tour.

Shortly af­ter, she an­nounced that she would be can­celling the Europe and Latin Amer­ica leg of the tour to deal with the anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion brought on by lu­pus. She then checked into re­hab to focus on her men­tal health, some­thing that she has always been very open about.

“I wish more peo­ple would talk about ther­apy,” she said in the April is­sue of Vogue, when she ap­peared on its cover. “We girls, we’re taught to be al­most too re­silient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel al­lowed to fall apart.”

For a while there, it seemed like we would have to wait a long time to see more of the 25-year-old star­let. But just half a year later, she popped up on the air­waves again, this time lend­ing her vo­cals to Kygo’s in­fec­tious hit “It Ain’t Me”. That was fol­lowed up with “Bad Liar” back in May. Sam­pling Talk­ing Heads, this unique sound has quickly be­come a sta­ple for ra­dio sta­tions, and has al­ready been nom­i­nated for mul­ti­ple awards. And then, most re­cently, the se­duc­tive “Fetish”, fea­tur­ing Gucci Mane.

Se­lena is def­i­nitely on the bounce back, show­ing all of us in the process that the im­por­tant thing is to not focus on the prover­bial lemons that life hands you – you just need to learn how to make some de­li­cious lemon­ade in­stead.

New sound

Un­like some of her pre­de­ces­sors and peers, Se­lena wasn’t too keen on going down the provoca­tive route in a bid to es­tab­lish her iden­tity out­side of the Dis­ney chan­nel. In­stead, what we’ve seen is a grad­ual mat­u­ra­tion of her sound and im­age. Her 2013 hit “Come & Get It” was pop per­fec­tion, while last year’s al­bum

Re­vival re­vealed a sen­su­al­ity we hadn’t seen from Se­lena be­fore. But af­ter watch­ing her first two sin­gles re­leased this year, we’ve just got one burn­ing ques­tion – when did Se­lena get so… sexy? There’s no deny­ing that she’s always been hot, but it’s like sud­denly, the eye makeup’s got­ten smok­ier; and her voice has be­come this sul­try, breathy whis­per that we can’t seem to get enough of.

“I’ve been do­ing this for so long and I needed a sec­ond to breathe,” she told Ryan Seacrest in a ra­dio in­ter­view. “When I did that, I came back and I had it for a while, and I think it’s safe to say I feel like I have a whole al­bum put to­gether at this point.

“I just wanted to make sure my life was bal­anced and happy and healthy first.”

There’s no of­fi­cial word on it yet, but we think we can ex­pect a new al­bum from the songstress soon.

“I’ve been in the stu­dio for a year. So I can tech­ni­cally say I have an al­bum, but I don’t know where I want to go with it be­cause of how dif­fer­ent ev­ery­thing sounds. Ev­ery song I’m set­ting up to be a sin­gle is just com­pletely sep­a­rate from each other and I love that. So I don’t know where it’s gonna go, but I can say I have an al­bum be­cause it’s a lot of music,” she said on AMP Ra­dio in June.

Al­ready, music crit­ics are unan­i­mously fawn­ing over “Fetish” and “Bad Liar”, laud­ing the pop princess’ sur­pris­ing ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with sub-gen­res. She was right, she needed that break to come back stronger.

New drama

Here’s some­thing else you might not have known: if you binge­watched 13 Rea­sons Why and fol­lowed the dis­cus­sion about men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion that closely fol­lowed it, well, you have Se­lena Gomez to thank for that. She served as the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer for the Net­flix se­ries, and has been very vo­cal about how the show ad­dresses is­sues that are close to her heart. In fact, she reached out to the novel’s au­thor, Jay Asher, eight years ago to talk about how she felt deeply con­nected to the book.

“Peo­ple have seen most of the choices that I’ve made in my life. And I love ev­ery choice that I’ve made. Be­cause now I un­der­stand how to ap­ply that to my music. This is who I am. I’m glad my life was never per­fect,” she mused in a 2016

Rolling Stone in­ter­view.

New love

Given the tabloid at­ten­tion sur­round­ing her last pub­lic ro­mance, it’s un­der­stand­able that Se­lena Gomez is cau­tious about talk­ing about her re­la­tion­ship with Abel Tes­faye, aka The Weeknd. In her Vogue in­ter­view, she de­clined an­swer­ing ques­tions about their re­la­tion­ship, say­ing that things she’s said be­fore have come back to bite her and she’ll never do it again.

In­stead, she’s tak­ing control of her own nar­ra­tive this time round, giv­ing the pub­lic what they want but on her own terms. Whether it’s via red car­pet ap­pear­ances, pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tions or, of course, In­sta­gram posts. It’s not that she’s shy­ing away from talk­ing about her beau, she’s just do­ing it her way.

“I just have always been that girl. I will give my heart and my soul to the per­son that I love. It’s just how I op­er­ate,” she said in a ra­dio in­ter­view ear­lier this year.

And you know what? We’re root­ing for you, Se­lena.

Se­lena Gomez and The Weeknd at the Met Gala

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