Selena Gomez has opened up about the pressures she has experienced in her career, including the need to be more 'sexual' after she left the world of Disney.
After appearing as a child in Barney and Friends, Gomez was cast as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel hit Wizards of Waverly place. Since then, it's been albums, tours, movies, producing films and documentaries, cooking shows and a beauty line.
But, Gomez has revealed that - in a similar way that many former child stars experience when they move on to solo projects - she has felt pressure to sexualise herself.
In a new interview with Allure, the 28-year-old pinpointed her album Revival in particular, her second studio album released in 2015, as a time she felt under pressure to 'show more skin' in music videos to accompany the release.
'I just did things that weren't really me,' she told the magazine. 'There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, Revival. [I felt] the need to show skin... I really don't think I was [that] person.'
The singer also spoke about being under constant scrutiny in the public eye, with her private life - most notably her relations with former boyfriends Justin Bieber and The Weeknd - often attracting huge attention and speculation.
One area she felt she was cruelly targeted over was her weight, she reveals.
'I was dealing with a lot of medical problems, so I fluctuated in weight a lot,' she explained referring to her public battle with Lupus which led to her requiring a kidney transplant in 2017. 'It was just unfair for someone to handle.'
Gomez continued explaining that, thankfully, she is now in a good place and feels 'in full control' of everything in her life.
Which, we love to hear - especially considering a recent interview she gave where she said her personal life got 'out of control' a few years ago.
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