Selena Gomez Says New Album Marks Her ‘Rebirth’ and ‘Hints’ at Justin Bieber Breakup
Get ready for a whole new version of Selena Gomez.
The 22-year-old singer promises that the new sound coming from her just-released single “Good for You” is only the beginning of what’s to come moving forward with her music career.
Gomez joined On Air With Ryan Seacrest after the debut of the single and chatted about why she’s moving out of the very much controlled Disney star realm and into something a bit more sensual where she finally has her “own voice.”
“I’m not the best singer in the world, but I know how to translate emotion and I have a lower register that I hated when I was younger and now I kind of know how to use that,” she explains. “I’m just finding my strengths now as an artist. I’m becoming a young woman and I’m comfortable with my sensuality. It’s just kind of not try-hard. It’s just perfect. I think to me that was exactly what I want people to see for the next chapter for me.”
The singer has been through a lot over the past several years: breaking up with longtime love Justin Bieber, checking into rehab and rebuilding a sense of confidence she lost through all of that. Each experience — yes, she says there are even “hints” of her romance with Bieber — translates in the album, which is why she made sure she was in charge of it.
“I’ve really taken my time with this record,” Gomez explains. “I have people behind me that support my vision completely, and now I’m kind of on my own in a way and this is the first time that I’ve ever grabbed a hold of something.”
She adds, “I’m not going to let anybody else try to alter my vision or tell me I need to do something… I’ve been through some real stuff and now I can finally have my own voice… I’m very confident in this record and you can hear it. But I’m vulnerable, I’m real, and I think it just shows a different side of me, and I’m really excited, and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”
While many believed this album would be centered around her heartbreak with Bieber, Gomez clarifies that it’s more of “the rebirth of Selena” and her personal journey to get to this point.
“In a way, I feel like I’m just starting,” she adds, leaving us hanging with all the more excitement for what’s to come.