Selena Gomez has gone from Disney star to music sensation, and now, murder-mystery TV star throughout her entire career. Now, she's opening up about the one regret she's had during her rise to the top.
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter Comedy Actress Emmy Roundtable, Gomez shared—with fellow actors Tracee Ellis Ross, Amy Schumer, Molly Shannon, Quinta Brunson, and Bridget Everett—how throughout her time in the spotlight, she's felt "ashamed" and "oversexualised".
Schumer praised Gomez for her work in the true crime comedy Only Murders in the Building, and for paving her own way in the industry.
"And then how someone like Selena, who was sexualised at such a young age, but you've just rejected that and have really found your own style and your own presence," Schumer said.
"Because I know they put you through a system and make you feel like this is how you have to do it. And especially when you're getting that positive feedback and people are attracted to you, it takes a lot to go, 'I'm going to go in this direction'."
"It's really unfair," Gomez agreed, adding that she remembered a time during her early music career where she didn't feel like herself.
"I actually did an album cover and I was really ashamed after I did it," Gomez said.
"I had to work through those feelings because I realised it was attached to something deeper that was going on. And it was a choice that I wasn't necessarily happy that I made, but I think that I've done my best, at least I try to be myself."
And while she didn't share which album that she was referring to, some are assuming that her comments may have been about her second album, Revival, in 2016, which she posed near nude for the cover.
"And I'm not an overly sexual person," Gomez said, adding, "Sometimes I like to feel sexy, but that doesn't mean it's for somebody else. It can be for me."
Advocating for her own and others mental health, Gomez has turned it into something more helpful. Making the announcement in November 2021, Gomez launched Wondermind, a mental health company that she runs with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and media entrepreneur Daniella Pierson, who formerly founded The Newsette.
In a press release, Wondermind was described as a platform that "destigmatises and democratises mental health". With Teefey adding that they "hope to be the one-stop shop for all mental fitness and conversation".
The platform is a personal feat for all three founders, with Pierson diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, Teefey has shared her experience with anxiety, ADHD, and childhood trauma, while Gomez has spoken openly about dealing with bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression.