- Selena Gomez said she was “ashamed” after shooting one of her album covers.
- Gomez explained during a Hollywood Reporter comedy panel that the cover was overly sexualized.
- She added that although she likes to “feel sexy” for herself, she is not “an overly sexual person”.
Selena Gomez said she was unhappy with one of her album covers because it was “too sexual”.
The ‘Only Murders in the Building’ star participated in a panel discussion for The Hollywood Reporter with fellow comedians from hit shows like ‘Abbott Elementary’s’ Quinta Brunson and ‘Life & Beth’s Amy Schumer.
During the conversation, Schumer touched on how Gomez was sexualized from an early age as a Disney child star and had to deliberately reject that image as an adult.
“It’s really unfair,” Gomez said in response. “I actually did an album cover and I was really ashamed after I did it. I had to get over those feelings because I realized it was connected to something deeper that happened.”
Gomez added: “It was a choice I wasn’t necessarily happy I made, but I think I tried my best – at least I try to be myself. I’m not not an overly sexual person. Sometimes I like to feel sexy, but that doesn’t mean it’s for someone else. It can be for me.”
Although Gomez didn’t specify which album she was referring to, the “Hands to Myself” singer once appeared nude for the cover of her 2015 “Revival” album.
In 2020, Gomez told Allure that she felt external “pressure” to be more sexual in music videos for songs from that album.
“I just did things that weren’t really me,” she said. “There was pressure to sound more adult on my album, ‘Revival’. [I felt] the need to show my skin…I really don’t think I was [that] the person.”
During the Hollywood Reporter interview, Gomez also explained why she’s no longer on social media.
“The biggest part of it is you see all these other people and I can’t look that way,” she said. “It’s impossible. I don’t find it feasible and as soon as I’m not there, everything else becomes real.”
In the past, Gomez has been candid about growing up as a child star and his negative relationship with social media.
At a Television Critics Association (TCA) panel last year, Gomez said she “signed my life to Disney” while working on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and other Disney projects during his teenage years. She also told Vogue that it was “violent” for the paparazzi to follow her during those years.
Earlier this year, Gomez said in an interview with InStyle that taking a break from social media was “the best decision I’ve ever made for my mental health.”
“At one point, Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous,” she said. “In my early twenties, I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough. There was a whole period in my life where I thought I needed makeup and never wanted to be seen. without.”