Selena Gomez Talks Opens Up About Body Image, Her Bipolar Diagnosis, And Being Pressured Into Sexualizing Herself in a New Interview
Selena Gomez finally thinks it’s time to reclaim her narrative. In a recent wide-ranging interview with Allure, Gomez talked everything from body image and the pressures of fame, to her career highlights and her next chapter as an businesswoman.
Gomez has long been in the spotlight for her personal and romantic woes.
And the triple threat actress-singer-producer has never shied away from talking about them. And now is no exception. She opened up to Allure about her bipolar diagnosis.
“I have always had so many different emotions and I didn’t know how to control them quite well,” she told the magazine. “Once I did find out more about who I was, I was proud. I also felt comfortable knowing that I wasn’t alone, and I was going to get through it.”
And that’s not the only thing she spoke candidly about. Gomez also got honest about how hard it was to transition from a Disney Channel sitcom star to a full-blown pop princess. “I just did things that weren’t really me,” she confessed. “There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, “Revival”. [I felt] the need to show skin… I really don’t think I was [that] person.”
And it’s true. At the time, her record company marketed the album as “more adult, more feminine and more about Selena’s experiences” (i.e.: sexier). Her lead singles had risque’ titles like “Hands to Myself” and provocative lyrics like, “Let me show you how proud I am to be yours/Leave this dress a mess on the floor/And still look good for you”.
Gomez was on the album cover naked, her limbs conveniently arranged to cover her most salacious body parts.
But now, Gomez believes she’s no longer at the mercy of a team of people telling her what to do.
“I am in full control of my life and everything that I do, what is out there, everything..I’m in charge of everything in my life,” she stated.
But what was most inspiring about Gomez’s interview was how the mogul has dedicated her time and resources to activist causes, like Black Lives Matter, immigration reform, and making sure young people go out and vote.
Not only has she co-created the charity Black Equality Fund with Plus1, but she also produced a Netflix documentary about undocumented life called Living Undocumented–a project she considers one of the high-points of her career.
About what inspired her to create the docu-series, Gomez says that she wanted to “make people uncomfortable.”
“I wanted to do something that would make people uncomfortable, that would force people to watch something that maybe they just don’t want to see, or don’t understand,” she said.
As for her heritage, Selena, as always, is holding fast and true to who she is. “A lot of my family were immigrants, and created lives for themselves here,” Selena says. “I’m just once removed from being an [immigrant]. I’m proud of that side of who I am.”
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