Selena Gomez refuses to complain about her life in the spotlight because she chose it.
The 23 year-old singer/actress recently bared her body and soul in an interview for GQ magazine and in the article the Come and Get It star explained it has often been difficult to navigate life in the public eye. However, she doesn’t want anyone to pity her because this the career path she pursued.
“I didn’t have an opportunity to figure out my life without people having an opinion every step of the way,” she tells the publication. “(But), I chose this. So I’m not gonna sit here and say, ‘Oh, my God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood.’ I don’t give a f**k about that.”
Selena recently explained that early on in her career her image was very guarded, but she has learned to be more open and raw.
“I think the beginning of my career, it was very tailored, it was very precise,” she told U.K. chat show Lorraine. “Sharing the vulnerable, raw, messy side wasn’t necessarily encouraged. I think the definition of strength is being vulnerable and being honest.
“That doesn’t mean you have to be like, ‘I’m strong I’m amazing, look at me’; you can have those moments but you won’t have those moments unless you’re like, ‘I’ve been broken, I’ve felt things and messed up a lot and I’m OK saying that’.”
And her friend Taylor Swift has encouraged her to embrace her personal struggles publicly by including them in her music.
“I’ve known her for 10 years, she’s been one of my best friends through thick and thin, walked by my side,” she continued. “Her whole family has been so supportive of me and, yeah, she’s been there during crucial points in my life and in my career.
“She’s known for embracing her personal story and creating a beautiful thing out of it and I was a little hesitant with that and she was always the person to encourage me to tell my story and be proud of who I am.”
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