10 interesting facts from Selena Gomez’s US Vogue interview
Selena Gomez, most followed girl on Instagram, new face of Coach and girlfriend of The Weeknd covers the April issue of US Vogue this month. Her first-ever cover for the Anna Wintour-helmed style bible sees the Texan-born pop star get candid about social media (it makes her depressed, FYI), therapy and going to rehab. Refreshingly honest and more 'real girl' than, ahem, her famous BFF Taylor Swift comes across, we have to say the interview suddenly made us realise why the singer has 110 million Instagram followers.
Read on for the highlights of Selena's Vogue interview.
1. The secret to her followers is authenticity
"People so badly wanted me to be authentic, and when that happened, finally, it was a huge release. I'm not different from what I put out there. I've been very vulnerable with my fans, and sometimes I say things I shouldn't. But I have to be honest with them. I feel that's a huge part of why I'm where I am."
2. Her assistant posts to her Instagram account and she no longer has the app on her phone
"As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It's what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn't want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn't want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I'm kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit."
3. She cancelled her tour because of her mental health
"Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn't good enough, wasn't capable. I felt I wasn't giving my fans anything, and they could see it-which, I think, was a complete distortion. I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd raise up their pinkies and make a pinky promise never to allow anybody to make them feel that they weren't good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s, and I'm looking into their eyes, and I don't know what to say. I couldn't say, 'Everybody, let's pinky-promise that you're beautiful!' It doesn't work that way, and I know it because I'm dealing with the same s**t they're dealing with. What I wanted to say is that life is so stressful, and I get the desire to just escape it. But I wasn't figuring my own stuff out, so I felt I had no wisdom to share. And so maybe I thought everybody out there was thinking, This is a waste of time."
4. She loved rehab in Tennessee
"You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls, real people who couldn't give two s**ts about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I've done, but it was the best thing I've done."
5. She loves her fans, and it used to annoy Justin Bieber
"Somebody I used to hang out with would always get very frustrated with me. But I have a hard time saying no to children."
6. She struggled with making to transition from Disney child star to adult
"For a guy there's a way to rebel that can work for you. But for a woman, that can backfire. It's hard not to be a cliché, the child star gone wrong. I did respect my fans and what I had, but I was also figuring out what I was passionate about and how far I was willing to go."
7. Her mum was the one who convinced her to do Spring Breakers
"My mom wanted me to work with a director who would really push me. I watched Kids, Trash Humpers, Gummo, and I was like, Mom, are you crazy? But it was fun to imagine how you might behave if you were set free of whatever was holding you captive. I'm a late bloomer. I grew up around adults, but in terms of getting out, having friends-at times I really didn't know anything but my job."
8. She feels guilt over how much her single mum gave up for her success
"My mom gave up her whole life for me. Where we're from, you don't really leave. So when I started gaining all this success, there was a guilt that came with it. I thought, Do I deserve this?"
9. She sees a therapist five times a week and loves Dialectical Behavior Therapy
"DBT has completely changed my life. I wish more people would talk about therapy. 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."
10. She will never talk publicly about dating The Weeknd... or any relationship, for that matter
"Look, I love what I do, and I'm aware of how lucky I am, but-how can I say this without sounding weird? I just really can't wait for people to forget about me."
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