Singer slash actress Selena Gomez has lots of things to say about modern living, social media, and her Mexican heritage in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
Speaking to Katherine Langford, who stars on the Netflix series that Gomez produces called 13 Reasons Why, Selena answered questions on a wide range of topics for an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
Social media came up prominently in their discussion, with Selena admitting to a bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram. On the positive side, Gomez says it provides her with a sense of power that most celebrities lacked in previous decades, allowing her to speak her truth and crush rumors with her own voice.
"It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true.’ So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth."
But on the negative, Gomez admits it provides a distorted view of the world in general, saying it can give "a false representation of what’s important" in life. Considering she’s the most followed Instagram account in the world, we think she’s got a lot of expertise here.
Gomez also said she prides herself on her Mexican heritage, and not a day goes by where she doesn’t look in the mirror and say to herself, “Man, I wish I knew more Spanish!”
The "Hands to Myself" singer also recounted a touching story of meeting a fan back in her Disney channel days. "I’ll never forget when I was doing my TV show [Wizards of Waverly Place]; I think I was 15 or 16. We would do these live tapings every Friday, and one Friday there was this single mother with her four kids. She was Latin, and she came up to me after, crying. Her kids were so excited, but I noticed the mom, so I gave her a hug and asked, ‘Hey, are you okay?’ And she was like, ‘It’s really incredible for my daughters to see that a Latina woman can be in this position and achieve her dreams, someone who isn’t the typical, you know, blonde with blue eyes.’ And I knew what she meant."
And while she may be a little biased, Gomez says that millennials “are a hell of a lot smarter than we’re given credit for. We’re more aware than we let on, and more exposed to everything that’s out there in the world, just from growing up on the Web, which is a little scary to think about."
You can catch Selena in the controversial upcoming Woody Allen flick A Rainy Day in New York which is currently in post-production.