Selena Gomez Is Ready for You to Take Her Seriously Now

Disney stardom is temporary; credibility is forever.

Remember that song “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” by Britney Spears circa 2001? That transitional phase between adolescence and upper-adolescence is where Selena Gomez finds herself, as described in her cover interview with Flare magazine.

Gomez reminds us that she is only 23 years old despite a comparably more mature persona displayed in her recent music video for “Good For You“. “I’m young: I’ve lived my life in the public eye, and I’ve had to figure out how to do that,” she says. “I feel confident, I feel empowered, I feel in control.”

The pop star has made serious strides for her career in 2015, ending a seven-year contract with Hollywood Records in exchange for a new deal with Interscope Records. Gomez claims that her forthcoming album, Revival, aims to be a journey narrating the self-growth that she has endured since her last album in 2014, the opening line of the first track being, “I feel like I’ve awakened—the chains around me are finally breaking.”

As illustrated through voyeurism in her most recent video for the single “Same Old Love“, Gomez reveals that maintaining a “normal” personal life is a challenge, especially where trust is concerned.

“I just don’t give myself to anyone; I don’t trust as much as I would like to, but that’s OK. It’s something I work on.”

Through the instability of being in her mid-twenties, the former better half of Justin Bieber remains certain that she will never be on Tinder. “I’m a nice young lady,” she says. “But that’s not my focus. I’m really stoked about being with myself right now.

Click here to read the rest of Selena Gomez’s interview with Flare magazine.

Launch the gallery featured at the top of the page to view photos from her Flare cover shoot!