In an interview with the New York Times, Selena Gomez describes just how Revival is about re-discovering herself as an artist. The former Disney star opens up about her new image!
Growing up as a “good girl” celebrity was tough for Selena, as she says in her latest interview. At one point, she wasn’t even sure if she wanted to stay in this business.
“I’m growing and changing. I was in a relationship, and I was being managed by my parents, and I was still under Hollywood and Disney, and I was being held to this expectation of being the good girl,” she said.
She continued, “I knew deep down that this wasn’t what I wanted to do — being exhausted of forcing something that wasn’t right, even in my personal life. I had to have moments where I was crying and I was like, ‘Why am I not in love with what I do?’ I was forced to get very uncomfortable for a while in order to make the decisions I made.”
Revival will be the first album for Selena to release under Interscope Records and the first time she has full control over the project.
“I definitely remind myself that I’m in control,” she said. “I feel like ultimately if I sit down and I think about a decision I need to make, it’s really within myself. I make the decision. Everything goes through me.”
Selena also spoke about Justin Bieber’s influence on the record, saying she didn’t want to make him the total focus. Gomez chose “Good For You” as the first single over “Same Old Love” to avoid that “narrative” of her life.
“I was like, that’s not right,” she said. “That’s not going to be my narrative. Not right now.”
With Justin going through his own “revival” at the moment, Selena is just happy that people are seeing what she saw in him from the beginning.
“While people were writing that I was stupid for being in [the relationship], this is what I always saw in him,” she said. “I’m like, duh!”
Revival is out on October 9! Pre-order the new record here!