Selena Gomez Talks Pain, Regrets, & Instagram Destroying Her Generation

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Selena Gomez is continuing to open up.

In her new feature for Dazed, the Lose You To Love Me songstress is answering questions from friends, fellow artists, and even stan accounts about her regrets, inspiration, Latin heritage, and more.

Related: Selena Recalls Being ‘Victim’ To Emotional Abuse In Relationship With Justin

Yara Shahidi asked about her her “sources of inspiration that may surprise people,” and her answer of “pain” might not actually surprise die-hard Selenators too much:

“My best friend, Petra, inspires me like crazy! And also my pain. (laughs) My heart! Um.”

Bad Bunny asked:

“You have a Latin surname because of your father: as a worldwide star, do you feel like you represent Latinos despite the fact your music is sung in English?”

To which the Billboard Music Award nominee replied:

One thousand per cent. I’m always very vocal about my background, as far as me talking about immigration, and my grandparents having to come across the border illegally. I wouldn’t have been born (otherwise). I have such an appreciation for my last name. I’ve rereleased a lot of music in Spanish as well, and that’s something that’s gonna happen a bit more. So there’s a lot more I would love to do because I don’t take it lightly, I’m very honoured.”

When asked by photographer Brianna Capozzi if she could get rid of Instagram would she, Selena seemed split in her decision:

“Oh gosh! I think I’d have a lot of people not liking me for saying yes. (laughs) If I could find a balanced, happy medium that would be great, but I would be lying if I said that it isn’t destroying some of my generation, their identity.”

As you’ll recall, the former Disney Channel star took an extended social media hiatus at the end of 2018. Gomez added:

“It’s a huge part of why I named my album Rare – because there’s so much pressure to look the same as everyone else. It was scary going back on – the first four days I was like, ‘No, there’s no way I can do this.’ What I do now is to only go on it when I feel like I need to, and then I’ll just log off, I won’t take time to explore or look at anything else.”

Capozzi also inquired into who she would like to be stuck in a lift with, to which Miz Gomez revealed:

Princess Diana. She was such a warrior; I love everything she did. There’s this interview I will never forget where she is like, ‘I just want to be the queen of people’s hearts.’ You know, she didn’t necessarily care for all of the rules that (were imposed on her).”

Anna Chai — director of the Gomez-produced Netflix series Living Undocumented — inquired into whether or not she has any regrets. The 27-year-old explained:

“No, no. I mean, there are certain things which I wish hadn’t happened to me. But without them I wouldn’t have been the voice I am for people who have gone through the same thing. You know, going through the lupus thing and the kidney transplant, I was dealing with fame and with being run-down, dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that I had. It was all a bit confusing.”

However, she knows that everything has ultimately happened to her for a reason:

“When (2019 single) ‘Lose You to Love Me’ came out, I stood back and had this moment, like, ‘Oh… this is a huge reason why I’ve pushed myself through this. This is why.’ I was able to release a song that hopefully helps to heal some people, or just lets them know they are not alone. I was actually letting it go personally and when that happened something inside of me just left. And that’s why I am grateful for the chapters of my life. I’m not saying that it’s gonna be easy from now on, but I have a lot more strength and a lot more courage and a bigger voice to stand up for what I deserve.”

We’re so happy she’s being so open and honest with herself and all of us!!

[Image via WENN/Avalon.]


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