Selena Gomez isn’t a stranger to public romances. Her years-long relationship with Justin Bieber is a serious piece of pop culture history. Plus, she dated Nick Jonas and The Weeknd. And in a recent interview with Australian Vogue, she opened up about her relationship history, telling the publication she’s been unlucky in love.
“I think most of my experiences in relationships have been cursed,” she said. “I’ve been way too young to be exposed to certain things when I was in relationships.”
The interviewer then asked Gomez about the word rare and where its significance comes from. (Rare, as you may know, is the name of Gomez’s makeup line and the title of her last album. She also has the word tattooed on her neck.)
“I guess I needed to find what was that word for me because I felt so less-than in past relationships and never really felt equal,” she revealed. “It wasn’t even necessarily like: ‘Oh, I feel that way, let me sing it.’ It was almost like: ‘Actually, I need to feel that way about myself.’ I think that my family, and my chosen family—I feel like I’m surrounded by real people.”
Now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer is getting ready for the next chapter of her life. “I am beyond grateful that my loved ones were really safe during the pandemic,” she says. “And I’m just really happy with who I am. I’m grateful that as I step into 29—even just two years ago—I was different.”
She continued, “It’s only gotten better, and that’s kind of what people say, you know, when you get older, you feel a bit more confident with who you are. I don’t know if that’s gonna be every year for me. Maybe it is. But I just feel like I’m constantly growing in the right direction.”
Read Selena Gomez’s full interview with Australian Vogue here.