Selena Gomez opens up about her unique life in the spotlight last week’s episodeHollywood Reporter Awards Chatter podcast.
“I thought it was very difficult for people to take me seriously,” the actress said of her time after leaving Disney Channel. “I’ve slowly progressed through it, and I’m really happy, but it was so frustrating. I felt like a joke, you know?”
Now 29, Gomez began her acting career at the age of 7 and quickly made a name for herself Wizards of Waverly Place between 2007 and 2012. Before she reached 20, Gomez became the first person to reach 100 million Instagram followers and had already built a starry music career with her band, Selena Gomez and The Scene.
Since then, Gomez has worked hard — both personally and professionally — to establish her adult identity. She released three solo albums, worked in various movies and TV, and founded the hugely popular makeup brand, Rare Beauty. In 2020, he was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. These moves didn’t come easily, though: Gomez was also diagnosed with lupus in 2014 and underwent a kidney transplant and chemotherapy for treatment. In 2018, she split from her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, a relationship that was the center of intense, years of media scrutiny. Later, she left her social media accounts to her assistants for four and a half years, while also working through a bipolar disorder diagnosis. She returned to her Internet presence – specifically TikTok – earlier this year.
“It was important for me to walk through those things,” Gomez said of her personal struggles. “I had a lot of soul-searching to do. By all means I don’t have the know-how of life, but I know I was learning a lot about myself during that time. You know, I clearly Was going through a really tough break-up, and then I was left with the question of my career and where am I going and what’s going to happen? It was just all these different things. I was feeling down. And then my medical stuff kicked in – I was dealing with my lupus and I was battling some kidney problems. It was really hard. But, being on the other side of it, I have to be honest, it’s been really, really cool for me. It’s let me develop into a character where I don’t tolerate any kind of bullshit or disrespect and I’m really proud of how I came out of it. Out.”
In 2022, Gomez is back and more resilient than ever. This year he released his 2021 EP . earned his first Grammy nomination for Revelation And now Disney/Hulu’s . stars in only murders in the building, ET recently caught up with him and her OMITB Co-stars Steve Martin and Martin Short after Gomez’s appearance SNL host.
“How do you think I did?” Gomez asked her co-stars —-15-time SNL host martin and ex SNL Cast member, short.
“I thought you did comedy so beautifully and so low-key, but hilarious,” said Martin, who appeared in a skit on last weekend’s show with Gomez.
“He helped me with a few jokes,” Gomez shared.
“We said, ‘Go Selena,'” said a proud Martin.
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