Selena Gomez is in the middle of a seemingly successful transition from child star to adult superstar, but she’s definitely had her share of growing pains. In a new interview with GQ posted April 14, the 23-year-old actress-singer says child stars are “easy targets” for tabloids and the press.
Gomez got her start as a child star on the PBS kiddie series “Barney and Friends,” then went on to become a star on Disney Channel’s ‘Wizards of Waverly Place.” Her recording career with her band The Scene catapulted her into bona fide teen idol status. And while on the surface she seems to have come out of it unscathed, Selena says having her every move as a teen documented on camera and by the press was anything but normal.
“We’re easy targets,” she said of child stars. “It’s disgusting because it’s interesting to grown adults that these kids go through weird things because they’re figuring [their lives]…and that because of Instagram and Twitter and you can find out everything. Because it’s, I don’t know, fun, maybe? It’s like watching a car crash as you’re driving past it. You want to watch it.”
Gomez went on to say that she really didn’t have the chance to find her own way as she was growing up. “I didn’t have an opportunity to figure out my life without people having an opinion every step of the way,” she said.
But if you’re expecting her to fall into pity party mode, think again. Gomez acknowledges that she chose a life in the spotlight at a young age, so she’s not looking for sympathy. “I chose this. So I’m not gonna sit here and say, ‘Oh my God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood,'” she said.
While her Disney days are long done, Selena Gomez has tried to break out into more adult roles with movies like “Spring Breakers” and the upcoming “Neighbors 2,” which is due out next month. The singer will also kick off her “Revival” concert tour. And she admits that as she gets older, her child star past is slowly becoming a distant memory.
“I just have to be patient. It’s slowly dissolving the older I get,” she said. “And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue and people won’t care about everything that’s happened to me. My past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out.”
Earlier this year, Selena Gomez told Variety that the fact that he life has played out in the tabloids has been one of her biggest obstacles as she tries to move forward with more diverse film roles.
“I think that’s probably my biggest issue when it comes to doing movies, being known in a different way [for my tabloid image over the character I’m playing],” she said. “I grew up in it. My intention was always to be an actress and a singer. Unfortunately, it just kind of got clouded. I never really wanted to be on tabloids or anything like that.”