“I look at myself in the mirror every day and think, “Man, I wish I knew more Spanish.” I’ll never…”

“I look at myself in the mirror every day and think, “Man, I wish I knew more Spanish.” I’ll never forget when I was doing my TV show [Wizards of Waverly Place]; I think I was 15 or 16. We would do these live tapings every Friday, and one Friday there was this single mother with her four kids. She was Latin, and she came up to me after, crying. Her kids were so excited, but I noticed the mom, so I gave her a hug and asked, “Hey, are you okay?” And she was like, “It’s really incredible for my daughters to see that a Latina woman can be in this position and achieve her dreams, someone who isn’t the typical, you know, blonde with blue eyes.” And I knew what she meant. When I was younger my idol was Hilary Duff! I remember wanting blue eyes too. So I think I recognized then that it meant something to people. That it matters. Even recently I’ve experienced things with my dad that were racially charged. Most of the time, though, I try to separate my career from my culture because I don’t want people to judge me based on my looks when they have no idea who I am. And now more than ever, I’m proud of it. But I still need to learn Spanish.”

Selena Gomez on the importance of her Mexican heritage

“I’ve spent probably too much time thinking about how my life could’ve been, so now I try to just…”

“I’ve spent probably too much time thinking about how my life could’ve been, so now I try to just have a sense of gratitude for how it is. I’ve never wanted to be the kind of person who’s like, “Oh, I wish I had a different life.” This is just kind of how it worked out for me. I’m at the point where I know the value of my privacy, and I understand how the system works, and once I realized and accepted that part of it I’ve become a little bit more fearless. I view it as a small price to pay for being able to have the life I have now.”

Selena on feeling as if she missed out on her early teens

“The only song from Nine Track Mind that Puth says makes the album “bearable” for him is…”

“The only song from Nine Track Mind that Puth says makes the album “bearable” for…

I love what I do, but at the end of the day it’s not enough to…

I love what I do, but at the end of the day it’s not enough to just spend my platform on places that feel good to me. It’s important to recognize the hard work that people do here. I’ve lived with [Lupus] my whole life, and Lupus is something that’s been hard for my family, hard for me, and those around me. I’m honored to be here. It’s important to educate yourself. 

Revival album aesthetics 2/14 – Kill em with Kindness

Revival album aesthetics 2/14 – Kill em with Kindness

“I feel bold. I feel strong, and I feel like me. The blonde has made feel a little bolder, and I feel…”

“I feel bold. I feel strong, and I feel like me. The blonde has made feel a little bolder, and…