Selena Gomez Hits Back At Elle Magazine For Asking Personal Questions
"The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine..."
Selena Gomez has taken to Instagram (via her friend's phone apparently, but more on that later) to hit back at a recent feature in Elle Magazine where she laments the fact that the writer asked her questions about her personal life -- most of which she skirted around or refused to answer.
It was her first major interview since her long on-again-off-again beau Justin Bieber had announced his engagement to Hailey Baldwin, after her childhood friend Demi Lovato's overdose and soon after Amazon decided to "indefinitely shelve" her new movie with Woody Allen. So... yeah, a lot has happened that Elle was probably keen to ask her about.
But Gomez was under the impression that the interview would be about three things: her new Coach collection, her new music and the work she's been doing with A21, a non-profit working to abolish human trafficking.
During the Elle chat, Gomez refused to answer questions about why she chose to work with director Woody Allen despite the persisting allegations of sexual abuse against him from his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.
"I think it's best not to [say anything]" was all Gomez offered up, before adding that she has recently stepped away from the internet.
"I haven’t been on the internet in months. I don’t have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone," she added noting that she updates Instagram via a mate's phone who has her log-ins.
Using that very friend's phone (we assume), Gomez posted a lengthy statement on Instagram across several posts where she clarified her disappointment with the Elle feature, instead of sharing images from the mag choosing to post photos of her Coach collection and work with A21.
"Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me," Gomez wrote, "The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine..."
I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth.
"I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised," the caption continued with the 26-year-old adding, "Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21."
Featured image: Instagram @selenagomez.