Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber’s on-again, off-again girlfriend finds herself in the news once again. With the police raid on Bieber’s Calabasas mansion, they have confiscated his phone that allegedly has private texts and sexts between the two. However, it’s not the first time that the couple have made headlines together.
In 2012, authorities wanted to speak with Gomez about an assault allegation made by a paparazzo against her crooner boyfriend, Bieber. No charges were ever brought against the Baby singer, but it did generate unwanted attention onto Gomez.
As a Disney fixture, the singer-actress actually got her start with Demi Lovato on the children’s television show, Barney & Friends, when she was seven years old. She entered the world of tabloids in 2008 after Miley Cyrus parodied Gomez online. She has been one of the constant child stars in the public eye, however, not always finding herself in a positive light.
From Disney and music to the movies, Gomez has shifted her focus to the big screen. At a young age, she had dreams beyond Disney. In 2008, she told the New York Daily News that she hoped to be taken seriously as a long-term actress, taking on challenging roles.
It started with Spy Kids 3D: Game Over. After taking part in 11 other films such as Hotel Transylvania and Monte Carlo, Selena Gomez appeared alongside James Franco in Spring Breakers. She also appeared in the thrillers, Aftershock and Getaway, working together with actors such as Jon Voight and Eli Roth.
After canceling her concert tour in Australia, in order to “spend time” on herself, it seems that the 21-year-old Gomez is now coming out strong. She tells the March 2014 issue of Seventeen that this year she has started “feeling powerful.” She contends that it is not easy when she rubs elbows with other former Disney stars such as Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. She states that she always felt uncertainty about herself, from style to music. Now, she is ready.
Fast forward to January 2014, the Slow Down singer found herself at the Sundance Festival for her role in the indie musical drama, Rudderless with William H. Macy and Billy Crudup. In the film, Selena Gomez plays the girlfriend of a boy who dies. Selena told reporters at the festival that the movie gave her “solace” from the “madness” that she faces as a star. Even though it is a dark role, a contrast to herself in real life, Gomez said that she felt at ease playing a person who is “angry and in a lot of pain.”
With tabloids and news headlines publicizing texts between the Come and Get It singer and Bieber that are allegedly fictional, it is no surprise that events like Sundance, takes her away from the drama. Moving on from the break up and the spectacle surrounding Justin Bieber, Gomez has big plans. She told Seventeen that she is looking to “change the world” and that she has “dreams.” The next relationship the singer needs to work on is with 17-year-old singer, Lorde, who has publicly announced she’s not a fan. Selena doesn’t feel anything but good for the New Zealander, saying that they will meet someday, and they will “be cool.” With all that life throws at her, it withstands to show that Selena Gomez should feel powerful.
by Dawn Levesque