Selena Gomez is gearing up for the release of her new music and she is also the November 2015 cover star of Flare magazine. On the cover shot by Truc Nguyen, Selena is wearing a ALEXANDER WANG RESORT 2016 white three-quarter sleeve top and a black strapless leather buckle dress which was accessorized with JENNIFER FISHER and TIFFANY & CO jewelry. a bold red lip and pulled back tresses finished up her look. In the issue, Selena talks her new album, dating, her 134 million followers and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see more images from her feature. For more on Selena's feature, visit Flare.com pick up a copy on newsstand.
DRESS AND TOP, LOUIS VUITTON. EARRINGS, SETHI COUTURE.
You recently tweeted that you’re disappointed with interviews that are basically the same as the ones that were printed when you were 16—that you wish the media would talk about who you are now. So, who are you now?
This has been a transitional season for me, personally and in my career. I had multiple revelations and big accomplishments in my life: a new label and a new team; I’ve been working out more and focusing on my music; and I got to do a couple of movies. I was really fighting for this transition. Then, it was frustrating to see how the media was portraying me; it was defamation of character. I’m young: I’ve lived my life in the public eye, and I’ve had to figure out how to do that. Ultimately, I am 23 and figuring out my life. I feel confident, I feel empowered, I feel in control.
You transitioned out of your Disney persona a couple of years ago with Spring Breakers. Do you still feel like it’s hard to bring the public around to understanding you’re an adult artist now?
I think people are growing up with me, actually. Obviously, there are moments when people see me do something different and they’re just not used to it but, ultimately, I’m not 16 anymore. I’m a young woman, and I’m growing up and trying to do it in a way I feel comfortable with.
It sounds like you really took charge of your life this year. What were some of the decisions you made?
I just signed to Interscope Records. [Gomez recently ended a seven-year contract with Hollywood Records, the pop division of Disney Music Group.] And there was this moment when we were in the studio for a few months, and everyone felt really great about the songs, but I just didn’t feel right—I didn’t think I had found the heart of the album. So I asked if I could executive-produce it, and I didn’t know what they were going to say, but they liked the direction of the music and trusted me. That was a big deal, because they were partnering with me as opposed to trying to mould me or shape me into something. Now that the record’s done, I look at it and I’m excited that it was all me. It was all my choice.
What was your vision for Revival?
I wanted to make an album—I didn’t want to make just a million singles—and I wanted it to be rich with emotion. The titles of the songs speak to where I am in my life: One is called “Kill Em With Kindness”; another one is called “Rise,” which is about life, about everything I’ve been through; another one is called “Survivors.” And the album title came out of a moment I had in Mexico. I had taken a few of the producers there because I wanted to remove everybody from their environment in L.A. While we were away, I was getting criticized [by the media] because I had gained weight. I was really bummed when I found out all that stuff was going on, and that’s when I was like, “I’m so tired of feeling like I’m being pulled down by something.” “Revival” is the first song on the album, and the first lines are, “I feel like I’ve awakened—the chains around me are finally breaking.”
How does dating work when you’re Selena Gomez? It’s not like you can go on Tinder.
I would never go on Tinder! I think it would scare me. I go on dates. It’s not that difficult—I’m a nice young lady [laughs]—but that’s not my focus. I’m really stoked about being with myself right now.
If you could just push a button and make fame go away, what would you do?
I would go to culinary school and learn how to be a chef. I was around food my whole life. I’m from the South. My mom’s side did the casseroles, the chicken, the squash, and then my dad’s side was full on, like hours of cooking tamales and rice and beans and homemade salsa, and I’d be like, “Can we just buy the salsa?”
DRESS, MARC JACOBS. RING, DELFINA DELETTREZ. SHOES, NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD. SOFA, CAPPELLINI.
TOP, J.W. ANDERSON. SKIRT, VERSACE. EARRINGS, MESSIKA JOAILLERIE. RINGS, TIFFANY & CO.
TOP, TURTLENECK AND SKIRT, ALL VERSACE. RING, JENNIFER FISHER.
DRESSES, BOTH MIU MIU. BRACELET, DELFINA.
Credit: Flare magazine