Selena Gomez is killing the game right now: The second season of Hulu’s critically acclaimed mystery/comedy, Only Murders in the Building, in which Selena stars alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short, will premiere at the end of this month, and her makeup line, Rare Beauty, is a hit –especially on her popular TikTok account.
But for a while in the 2010s, things weren’t going so great for the actor-singer-producer, and she’s opening up about her rough patch in a new interview.
“It was necessary for me to walk through those things. I had a lot of soul-searching to do,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of moving past her on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber and her subsequent super-public relationship with The Weeknd. Those ups and downs, in addition to health troubles, led to the five-year gap between her studio albums Revival and Rare.
“By all means, I don’t have life figured out, but I do know that during that time I was learning so much about myself,” she said. “I was, you know, obviously going through a really tough breakup, and then I was left with the question of my career and where am I gonna go and what’s gonna happen? It just was all of these different things I was feeling. And then my medical stuff kind of kicked in – I was dealing with my lupus and I was dealing with some kidney problems. It was actually really hard.”
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But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. At least, that’s been the case for Selena Gomez. “Being on the other side of it, I have to be honest, it’s actually been really good for me. It allowed me to develop a character where I don’t tolerate any sort of nonsense or disrespect in any way, and I’m really proud of how I came out of it,” she continued.
Looking ahead, she said romance is on the back burner because of all the jobs she’s juggling. In a good way! “I finished season 2, I did my cooking show, and now I’m…My therapist is like, ‘Girl, are you ever gonna find a man?!’ I’m like, ‘I dunno.’ But I do feel like right now, in my life, I am just so open, and I love what I do…. I just am in a really good space right now, and I’m enjoying it.”
This article was first published on Glamour US.