Selena Gomez has recently addressed being ‘s*xualised’ during her music career. During a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, which also included Amy Schumer, Tracee Ellis Ross and Quinta Bruson, Selena Gomez was asked about her decision to ‘reject’ the image the industry projected on her. The multi-talented star, who currently features in the smash-hit comedy series Only Murders In The Building, explained she felt ‘really ashamed’ after posing nude for an album cover seven years ago.
Amy Schumer, who stars alongside Selena in the upcoming second season of Only Murders In The Building, asked her co-star what her experience was like growing up in the spotlight. While referencing her second studio album Revival released in 2015, Selena explained, “I did an album cover and I was really ashamed after I did it. I had to work through those feelings because I realised it was attached to something deeper that was going on.”
The songstress added, “It was a choice that I wasn’t necessarily happy that I made but I think I’ve done my best at least, I’ve tried to be myself. And myself is, I’m not an overly sexual person, sometimes I like to feel s*xy but that doesn’t mean it’s for somebody else, it’s for me.” During the candid conversation, Selena was also asked if her ‘old Disney persona factors into the decisions you make at this point in your career?’
Gomez replied while noting, “I think I’ve done a pretty good job of removing myself from that because I’m pretty honest about my imperfections. But I took control of the narrative of my life once I started becoming older because, growing up, I didn’t really have a choice.” Disney alum continues, “Now I understand that there are certain boundaries that I need to set for myself, and I respect and adore so many people, but I’ve got to do what’s best for me.”
Selena has developed a close friendship with Amy after the comedy legend was invited to guest star in the second series of Selena’s Hulu series. Only Murders In The Building follows Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), a former TV drama series star, Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), a struggling Broadway director, and Mabel Mora (Gomez), a young woman renovating an apartment in their building, The Arconia.
Only Murders In The Building season one followed this unlikely trio, who discover they’re all true crime superfans and put their passion to the test when someone is murdered in their building. Meanwhile, Only Murders In The Building season two features a long line of big star names including Amy, Tina Fey and Cara Delevingne.