Selena Gomez Reveals What She Learned About Herself While Making Her Album ‘Rare’

Selena Gomez is getting candid about self-discovery.

The 28-year-old “Look at Her Now” singer opened up about her latest studio album Rare during the virtual Teen Vogue Summit on Saturday (December 5).

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During her appearance, she spoke about the theme of her album.

“The whole theme of my last album was a lot of self-discovery, a lot of being OK, being alone and being vulnerable, being OK with not looking like everything else, like everyone else. And I think for me, there’s so much that I want my brand [Rare Beauty] to feel like,” she explained.

She went on to say that believing in your dreams “requires a check-in with yourself.”

“Why do you want to do the things that you’re doing. Are you going to be able to show up for those things? Are you patient with yourself? There are so many questions that you have to ask yourself. But at the same time, it’s equally as important to surround yourself with people who are the ones that are challenging you, the ones that are believing in you, because like I said earlier, there’s a lot of people, even to this day that, you know, say ‘no’ to me, and even when nobody you know what I mean it’s, you know, when I was younger, I had so many reasons to stop,” she revealed.

“I had so many reasons to not pick myself up and just keep going… But what I could never let go of, was how much I believed in myself and believed in what I was doing,” she went on to say.

“When I was younger I was lucky enough to find my passion and from that point on I kind of had to go with it no matter what happened because of that a lot of people told me no, a lot of people said that I wasn’t able to do it or I wasn’t capable. To be honest, there are still people to this day that I think say that and the only thing I can say is the theme of everything I do is good quality. I want to make sure the stuff that I have — whether it’s all the business stuff to my other work acting and singing it’s important for me to be authentic and to connect to something, otherwise it seems a bit pointless to me. But the payoff is amazing.”

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