Selena Gomez has overcome a lot in recent years, but she says her time is now -- and she's earned it.
She addresses her personal life, and criticism she's received from the public, in an interview with Billboard. As an example of one challenge she's faced, she discusses her battle with lupus.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," the 23-year-old pop star says. Regarding false rumors about her 2014 "break," she adds, “I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a*******.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
More recently, Selena says she was affected by negative comments from body shamers. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she notes. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...”
She tells Billboard the "hate" motivates her: "I'm so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."
Selena can still count on her good friends, like Taylor Swift, whom she says makes her feel empowered and helps her trust others. "All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell," she says of Taylor and her squad.
When asked if she's inspired by her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber turning over a new leaf, she replied, "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
Billboard's cover story regarding Selena will be released Thursday. Her new album, Revival, drops the next day.
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