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Selena recalls feeling ‘violated’ throughout her Disney days


Selena recalls feeling ‘violated’ throughout her Disney days


Selena Gomez became a household name as a teen starring on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Selena explained in a new interview with Business of Fashion, she still harbors negative memories from that time in her life.

As Selena got more famous, people started recognizing her more and more for things not related to her work:

“That’s when my passion started to really feel like it was going further and further away. And that scared me.”

She elaborated that when she got older she started to become exposed to the truth behind some stuff and that’s when things flipped a little bit for her:

“I realized that, ‘Oh this is actually really hard, and kind of slimy in certain areas and I didn’t realize that certain people wanted certain things from me. My confidence went through a lot with that.”

The turning point for Selena was when she was photographed for the first time on the beach:

“I remember just feeling really violated when I was younger, even just being on the beach. I was maybe 15 or 16 and people were taking pictures—photographers. I don’t think anyone really knew who I was. But I felt very violated and I didn’t like it or understand it, and that felt very weird, because I was a young girl and they were grown men. I didn’t like that feeling.”

When asked how she ultimately reconciled the highs and lows of pursuing a career in the spotlight, Gomez credits prioritizing her mental health and redirecting her passions:

“Well, I stopped as well. I stopped and then I continued, because I realized that I needed to challenge myself. Do I really love this? Is this worth it anymore? I would look at my crowd on tour and think, ‘Yes, this is worth it, right?'”



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