Selena Gomez Silences Body Shamers: 'I Can Do What I Want'
The singer gives critics a piece of her mind in a new radio interview
Selena Gomez is getting real about body shaming.
The singer, 23, spoke out during a radio interview on L.A.’s Power 106 on Friday, telling the The Cruz Show she doesn’t “give a f—” what people say about the topless cover for her new album, Revival.
“You have to understand that I dealt with a lot of body shaming this year, and I’ve never experienced that before,” she said, referring to criticism she received after baring her bikini body during a vacation in Mexico this past April.
Gomez continued, “I don’t care about that stuff, but I did start gaining weight and I didn’t really mind it. I enjoyed it.”
Despite how the “Good for You” singer felt on the inside, she couldn’t help but take the criticism personally.
“Man, that hurt,” she said. “That was really hurtful. I’ve experienced people who have tried to control that stuff before.”
The former Disney star made it clear that detractors can’t change her self image or dismay her from pushing the envelope.
“It’s not even about my weight,” she said. “It’s just not that I’m not going to give a f— what people, sorry, I’m not going to care. I’m not going to let them get to me. I can do what I want.”
On the heels of releasing her new single, the catchy "Same Old Love," Gomez said she doesn’t anticipate her body being the focus. “At the end of the day, this is not even going to be a subject once the album comes out,” she said. “The music is going to take over because that’s how confident I am about it.”
As Gomez prepares for her next musical chapter with Revival, due Oct. 9, she has some strong supporters in her corner. Most recently, she had a sweet reunion with longtime BFF Demi Lovato and buddied up with pal Taylor Swift and their glamorous squad at the MTV VMAs.