Selena Gomez first real brush with stardom was not a positive one.
The pop singer became a household name as a teen starring on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, but as she explained in a new interview with Business of Fashion, she still harbors negative memories from that time in her life.
Gomez said she first questioned the fame game when individuals began noticing the actress more for her looks and less for her talent. “I started getting known for things that weren’t [related to] my work,” the 25-year-old recalled. “That’s when my passion started to really feel like it was going further and further away. And that scared me.”
Performing for 100 people at state fairs was the “best feeling in the world,” but as she told the magazine, “When I got older, I started to become exposed to the truth behind some stuff and that’s when it flipped a little bit.”
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Gomez would continue starring as Alex Russo on Wizards until 2012, but it was when she turned 18 that things really worsened for the celebrity. She told BoF, “Then, I would say the last season of my show, I was probably 18-years-old, is when I felt like the flip happened. I didn’t feel like it was about my art as much.”
“I was on the fourth season of the show, and I felt like I was outgrowing it,” she said. “I wanted something different and obviously, I fell in love [with then-boyfriend Justin Bieber] for the first time. There was all this stuff that was happening, and I didn’t know what to do.”
Four years later, Gomez canceled the remainder of her Revival World Tour and sought professional treatment for health issues related to her lupus diagnosis. She quietly checked herself into an all-female treatment center in rural Tennessee, and re-emerged at the 2016 American Music Awards after nearly three months away from the public.