Pop superstar Selena Gomez is at the top of the world these days. A constant upward trend with her career, and a steady personal relationship with The Weeknd. From the outside, anyone could imagine how amazing her life would be. But the star differs in her opinion. In an interview with The New York Times, she opened up about what life is like in the spotlight. And, she also says that her own experiences help her to relate with her new show, Thirteen Reasons Why.
Her tryst with Disney began when she was still in her teens. As the star of popular show, Wizards Of Waverley Place, fame took hold of her at an early age. Today, some of her contemporaries like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato still talk about the harrowing time they faced as teen stars. Selena Gomez also says it wasn’t easy. “I went to the biggest high school in the world, which is the Disney Channel. And my mom had a lot of history dealing with [being bullied at a young age]. I heard a lot of her stories growing up. She’s very open about it.”
“When I was on Wizards Of Waverley Place, we didn’t have social media really. Twitter had just begun. Every Friday, I’d get to do a live taping in front of all these little kids and make their life. That’s when I was the happiest. Then, as I got older, I watched it go from zero to a hundred. So I’m actually glad it took us this long to create this project because it’s so relevant now.”
Now that she’s a major part of social media, where open comments can be posted by all and sundry, it’s tough on her psyche. “You can’t avoid it sometimes. I delete the app from my phone at least once a week. You fixate on the [negative] ones. They’re not like, ‘you’re ugly’. It’s like they want to cut to your soul. Imagine all the insecurities that you already feel about yourself and having someone write a paragraph pointing out every little thing – even if that’s just physical.”
Selena Gomez is trying to be a light to those teens and young adults who are facing bullying and self-esteem issues. She has now taken on the role of a producer for her latest show on Netflix, Thirteen Reasons Why. It has been adapted from Jay Asher’s book of the same name.
The Kill ‘Em With Kindness singer recently also spoke about her insecurities with Instagram. Being the most followed person on the image sharing site took a toll on her. But today, at the age of 24, she is a more confident person, and understands herself better. After all, haters gonna hate, right?