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“I signed my life away at a very young age”: Selena Gomez Regrets Growing Up as Disney Kid That Ruined Her Childhood as Singer Turned Actor Makes Comeback With Only Murders in the Building 

“I signed my life away at a very young age”: Selena Gomez Regrets Growing Up as Disney Kid That Ruined Her Childhood as Singer Turned Actor Makes Comeback With Only Murders in the Building 

Selena Gomez is one of the best singers that this generation has witnessed, and her songs like We Don’t Talk Anymore, Wolves, Souvenir, and many others have become popular hits that people enjoy listening to. Ironically, the singer is not as famous for her songs as she is for her role in the popular Disney series called Wizards of Waverly Place.

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Selena Gomez

The actress-turned-singer regretted her decision of signing with Disney at an young age. The company tried to control her life and put a lot of pressure on her to be the best role model for kids.

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What did Selena Gomez say in the Interview?

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair for their Hollywood issue, Selena Gomez recalled how signing with Disney was a bad decision. The singer said how Disney exclusively told her not to say common phrases like “What the hell?” She continued saying how she wasn’t a wild kid but she still felt weird having to refrain from using such day-to-day phrases in front of anyone.

“I wasn’t a wild child by any means, but I was on Disney, so I had to make sure not to say ‘What the hell?’ in front of anyone.”

Gomez explained that in order to meet Disney’s standards, she had put a lot of pressure on herself to be the “best role model” she could be, while being a part of the popular 2007 Disney show. The singer continued saying that presently she believes the becoming the best role model is by being honest, even with complicated and ugly parts of oneself.

“Now I think being the best role model is being honest, even with the ugly and complicated parts of yourself.”

Although she talked about her mental health in her Apple TV+ documentary, My Mind and Me, Selena Gomez clarified she’s no longer “haunted by the idea that people would always associate” her with Disney. 

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A still from Wizards of the Waverly Place

The Getaway actress said she feels free, but sometimes she gets triggered, not because she is ashamed of her past, but because she wants to be known for who she is and not who she was.

“I definitely feel free of it. Sometimes I get triggered. It’s not that I’m ashamed of my past, it’s just that I’ve worked so hard to find my own way. I don’t want to be who I was. I want to be who I am.”

The actress also talked about her Disney past in 2021 where she stated that she signed her life away and was unsure of what she was doing, but wanted to experience working with Disney.

 “I signed my life away to Disney at a very young age and I didn’t know what I was doing. What I’d say is the level of sophistication of the material is the first reason why I wanted to do this.”

Even though Selena Gomez regrets her past, she clarified that she was “beyond proud” of her work with Disney.

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Selena Gomez gives a sneak peek at her Upcoming Music

In the same interview, Selena Gomez said that she’s burning the midnight oil for her next record, as it will be powerful, strong, and very pop. She said the theme would be freedom from relationships and darkness.

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Selena Gomez at the Golden Globe Awards

“The music I’m doing right now is about real things that I’m walking through. It’s really powerful, strong, very pop,” Gomez said of her yet-to-be-titled project. “The theme generally is freedom—freedom from relationships, freedom from the darkness.”

The theme of her upcoming album sounds interesting, and it feels like an eternity to wait for the album because her songs are always a joy to listen to, and always puts a big smile on the faces of the listeners.

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Source: Vanity Fair

Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.