Selena Gomez on Taylor Swift: people think ‘we’re in underwear, having pillow fights’

Selena Gomez covers InStyle UK, with the photoshoot taking place in a cheap LA area motel. The stylist describes the fashion she chose for Gomez as “indie-film starlet on a road trip” and it’s all very 70s inspired. She’s wearing a fabulous brown suede coat in one photo but other than that the looks are kind of forgettable and one note. They did cover her up, apart from the fact that she isn’t wearing a bra at all and they put her in some flimsy shirts which make this obvious. So it’s a unique choice for an editorial, I’ll give them that.

Selena gave some decent quotes to InStyle, and it sounds like she opened up somewhat. She talked about dating, about her friendship with Taylor Swift, and about her body image, which is a hot topic for starlets like Gomez and Demi Lovato in this age of jerks on social media.

On being raised by a single mom
“We used to run out of gas on the highway. I still can’t wrap my head around what she did for me,” Gomez says of the time before she landed her breakout starring role, on the Disney Channel show Wizards Of Waverly Place, when she was 15. They moved to LA, but Teefey (Selena’s mother) had one condition. “She always said, ‘If you’re not having fun, we’re going home,’” explains Gomez who still returns to her childhood house in Grand Prairie to visit family when she needs a reality check (“I have to share a bathroom with seven people!”).

On her friendship with Taylor Swift
“People have this fantasy that we’re in our underwear, having pillow fights. We just play good music – sometimes live – and eat, and hang out.” She says she also counsels Swift in “the boy department,” while her best friend sets her straight on regrets. “I’ll be like, ‘I think I totally screwed up,’ but Taylor says, ‘Actually, you didn’t’ and shows me how to make my mistakes into something great.”

On being asked about dating Justin Bieber
“It’s really hard because I’m a nice person. I’m just tired of talking about it. I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.”

On if she’s dating Zayn Malik
“If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,” she says with a sly smile. Right now, Gomez is dating – reluctantly. “I hate it,” she admits with a wince. “It’s hard and I’m weirded out by the idea that a guy has googled me before we meet, and that has happened.” She also adds: “I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys.”

On posing nude for her album after online criticism
“It hurt my feelings because I never experienced that before, but I didn’t want [that] to be the story, so i said, ‘I don’t care what you think!’” This newfound bravado has carried over into her personal style too. “I’m learning that you can be comfortable and still look beautiful.” Does she look in the mirror and see herself as beautiful? “Some days, I like what I see. Other days I’m like, ‘I’m not even going to bother.’”

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It’s likely that this interview took place before Selena briefly reunited with Justin Bieber, when he serenaded her at an LA hotel bar in front of plenty of witnesses. Whatever is going on, it sounds like she’s over him and he’s still hung up on her. Also, Selena has lupus but other than the time she opened up about her illness and how difficult the chemotherapy treatment was, she’s barely spoken about it. She could shut down all the body criticism with a quick “I had lupus and was on steroids, a-holes” but she only said that once and then she stopped talking about it. You get the impression that it was extremely difficult for her and that she doesn’t want to open up to the press about it.

In terms of her friendship with Taylor Swift, I suspect that she’s telling Taylor that boys are jerks and Taylor is telling her to write songs about them. That’s what I get from the line about how Taylor is showing her “how to make my mistakes into something great.” I mean, I’ve heard “Same Old Love.” It’s totally about Bieber.

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

@taylorswift -we just show up. Thank you for making us and all beautiful women feel beautiful

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  1. Allie says:

    God I am so sick of Taylor Swift and her posse of friends saying that they talk about boys. Of course they do, but can you add other interests as well? You are in your mid twenties, please talk about something else. It’s not cute anymore. I feel like I’ve read that line from them for ten years now.

    Also, no one thinks that they’re going to have a pillow fight in their underwear. Except maybe Taylor Swift.

    • Tiffany says:

      @Allie. She is in a postion where she can limit the type of questions she will be asked. She does not have an issue with it, along with questions about Bieber.

      She needs to shape up because soon they will all she will be known for.

    • lexx says:

      Same. I just thought, don’t you think about other things?

  2. COSquared says:

    The sad thing is that she’s not a good singer. However, best of luck.

  3. Suitable says:

    Umm not. But now they will. LOL

  4. Nancy says:

    She is rather delusional. Just so she knows, I doubt too many people have fantasies about what she is doing with Swift or anyone else. She seems to hate the press, yet uses this opportunity to let it out there she’d date Zayn Malik. Just kidding, not kidding. Time to grow up or shut up. Don’t let her fool you, she loved the Bieber press, changed her image and glued her to the map.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    That’s funny-I don’t imagine them like that at all. I imagine that most of their hangouts involve them sitting around listening while Taylor talks and trying not to say anything that will make her mad and insult them and also trying to calm her down when she gets drunk and starts crying about how no one really likes or appreciates her.

    • Evelyn says:

      God, this is probably too accurate!

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Yeah that’s weird that she said that. I never imagine them doing that at all, more let’s like “watch a rom com movie & act all the parts out while drinking white wine & wear onesie pjs then trash talk about everyone they hate & prank dial Miley”

  6. Nicolette says:

    I’m just certain that in people’s hectic, stressful daily lives they make sure to set aside time to ponder about Swifty and Selena’s sleepovers and what goes on during it.

    • perplexed says:

      I’m not sure if it’s her youth talking, but after reading that quote I think maybe it’s better to get famous at 30 than 20.

  7. Lucy says:

    Honestly, I feel like she’s one of the few real friends Taylor has. Her, Ed Sheeran, and MAYBE one or two girls from the squad.

  8. snowflake says:

    I’m sure plenty of dirty old men like to fantasize that about barely legal looking women. Gross. Just like when I was young and these old men would check me out. *vomit*

  9. Saphana says:

    instead they slowly eat bananas while Careless Whisper plays in the background.

  10. Harryg says:

    Well Selena, I don’t really think of you or Taylor that often.

  11. perplexed says:

    She does strike me as being a genuinely nice person (I guess her face looks nice enough?), but I’m kind of getting sick of her stating that she’s a nice person. I feel like that’s something other people should say about you rather than you saying about yourself.

  12. Hannah says:

    I guess Gigi Hadid beat her to Zayn. 😂

  13. reed says:

    I always cringe hard when people say “I’m a nice person”. By all accounts she probably IS nice. She used to go to my old gym back when she was maybe 14/15 and would be there with a posse of equally cherub-looking tween, and they were way more polite and joyful and well-mannered than like 99% of other people their age. I believe it, it just sounds idiotic to refer to yourself that way. I’m all for tooting your own horn, but this always makes the speaker sound questionable.

  14. kimbers says:

    I root for her and wish her well in the same why I root for Britney