Selena Gomez is alive, revived and relieved.
After photos turned up in 2014 of Gomez scrub-a-dub-dubbing with gal pal Cara Delevingne, who’s openly bisexual, what transpired? Gay gossip, of course.
Gomez doesn’t care, she says, “because they weren’t talking about other people in my life for once, which was wonderful.”
In fact, regarding the blogosphere buzz, Gomez, 23, tells me she “loved it,” a testament to the entertainer’s true-to-herself, not-really-caring-what-you-think-anymore persona. That same perspective is reflected in all the dizzying late-night pillow talk throbbing throughout her sexually liberated and self-reflective second studio album, Revival.
For a small-screen darling who grew up under the watchful eye of Disney, Gomez’s openness both on the album and in conversation is refreshing. After recently revealing that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus in 2013, she concurs that, yes, this is her coming out party of sorts. (Actually, the way she puts it is, “werk!”)
And so it is, as the native North Texan Gomez speaks candidly about other aspects of her life: “absolutely” questioning her sexuality, growing up around her mom’s gaggle of mimosa-sippin’ gays and — cue the awws — her admiration for ex-flame Nick Jonas’ “love and compassion for everyone.”
— Chris Azzopardi
Dallas Voice: Growing up here in Grand Prairie, what was your introduction to the gay community? Selena Gomez: You have to understand: My mother is absolutely fantastic and she worked at a modeling agency when I was a very young girl, so every Sunday I would have brunch with her and all of her gays, and I just remember a lot of mimosas. It was the best. So, I’ve been around it my whole life and, you know, I love it. I have to tell you: On my 16th birthday my mom had a bunch of drag queens come out and they sang “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and it was sooo funny.
As someone raised Catholic, accepting the LGBT community was never an issue for you then? Not at all. Look: There’s a huge difference in how I was brought up; the word “religion” is a very complex thing. It’s something you have to follow, and that’s not what faith is. Anybody who has a higher power, anybody who has anything they believe in: If you don’t know how to love other people, I don’t believe in it. It doesn’t work that way.
Have you ever met a Selena Gomez drag queen? Yes! I had one who did one of the viral videos of “Love You Like a Love Song” [Willam Belli’s “Love You Like a Big Schlong”]. [She] did a nasty version of it, which was hysterical, and I went to the Logo NewNowNext Awards and I got to meet her, which was amazing. Honestly, I feel like that’s when I made it — genuinely! I emailed it to my mom and she emailed it and CC’d everybody.