Selena Gomez Interview Magazine: Selena Gomez has lived a lifetime in her own right. Among her many accomplishments, she is a global pop star with three number-one albums, the fifth most followed person on Instagram, an actor since the age of seven, an executive producer of documentaries and television, an advocate for mental health, and the founder of a beauty line that is inclusive of all skin tones.
She is also a survivor of lupus, an autoimmune condition with which she was diagnosed in 2013 and which necessitated the need for a kidney transplant in 2017. In 2017, she underwent a kidney transplant. There were concerns about whether a young woman from Grand Prairie, Texas, would be able to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders unharmed. As it turns out, the answer is a resounding affirmative.
A reported battle with anxiety and depression, as well as the subsequent treatment, propelled Gomez back into the public glare with “Lose You to Love Me,” a self-empowerment hymn that transmuted personal anguish into public catharsis last year.
Her first number-one single on the Billboard charts, the song served as the lead single from Rare, an intimate dance-floor confessional that transforms weakness into strength, and failure into triumph, among other things. As Gomez confides in her friend, the comedian Amy Schumer, she is confident in her ability to recover.
After saying hello to me in a startlingly low, laconic pitch that is the polar opposite of her singing voice’s breathy meringue, Gomez puts on a cotton mask over her face.
While in New York, she’ll be finishing off filming for her new Hulu series, Only Murders in the Building, a comedic drama in which she, Steve Martin, and Martin Short portray neighbors who are tasked with solving an Upper West Side murder. The Christmas trip had brought her back to Los Angeles to her home, where she’d been surviving the epidemic with two friends who live with her and her maternal grandparents, who’d come to visit just before lockdown and ended up living in.
We can all agree that the year 2021 has begun somewhat uneventfully so far. According to Gomez, “we barely made it to the countdown.”
This time last year, Gomez was just a few days away from releasing Rare, which was technically her sixth studio album but only her third solo album after 2015’s Revival, which marked the beginning of her transformation from a producer of studio product to an artist with a point of view. Rare was Gomez’s third solo album, following 2015’s Revival, which cemented Gomez’s transition from a producer of studio product to an artist with a point of view.
During this time, she was preparing to launch Rare Beauty, her makeup line, which promotes both the album’s message as well as Gomez’s broader public platform, which is that everyone is unique and deserving of love just as they are.