Selena Gomez Talks About Teenage Love Justin Bieber, and Her Decision to Remove Her Purity Ring
Featured on the cover of The Sunday Times’ Style magazine, the 23-year-old explained,
I didn’t think I was doing anything bad by falling in love. There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press. Throw in the fact that you are a teenager — it makes it more difficult.
She added that the age of social media makes it hard for fans and other people to move on from their #Jelena fixation. “It’s difficult for people to separate us,” she commented. “The internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it.”
As for growing up in the spotlight, Gomez opened up about her decision to start wearing a purity ring – and her decision to take it off after she started dating the Biebs.
I said, ‘Dad, I want a promise ring.’ He went to the church and got it blessed. He actually used me as an example for other kids. I’m going to keep my promise to myself, to my family, and to God.
She and rumored first boyfriend Nick Jonas wore them together when they allegedly dated back in 2008. She added, “I got it was I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn’t for everyone.”
As for removing it a couple years later, Gomez confessed, “I’m not embarrassed to say that. I’m also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off.”
She even admitted that her purity ring decisions have been the subject of much scrutiny, and she was mocked for her choices. “Sometimes you have to lie to yourself to get through the criticism, and then you’re in your closet crying. It’s been like that for me a couple of times, but I only want to learn from those things.”
I can count on one hand the people I could call and who would be there for me. Taylor is one of the greatest people.
When I split with my first boyfriend [believed to be Jonas] and I was really sad about it, she flew into town with homemade cookies and a bunch of junk food. To this day, if I called her, she would do the same thing, despite being one of the busiest people in the world.
When it comes to dating nowadays, Gomez (who recently had a short-lived relationship with DJ-producer Zedd) says, “The next relationship will be something dear to me. There is no way I will ever hide my life.” However, she doesn’t “really want anything right now.”
Evidently, the best relationship is between Selena and Taylor.