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How Body Shaming Actually Inspired Selena Gomez

How Body Shaming Actually Inspired Selena Gomez
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Multi-talented star Selena Gomez sat down with "Extra" while promoting her new film "Hotel Transylvania 2."

Of reprising her role, Selena says, "I think, for me, it was a no-brainer. And I love being able to have that.. you know, family, feel-good movie. And, you know, I like having that younger audience, and it's something that's, that's sweet about it, and there's a great message in the movie."

Selena decided to take a break from social media. "I think it's so hard, now more than ever... I've had to delete Instagram off my phone for a week and just kind of not get on it, 'cause it is crazy and I couldn't imagine being 13 and dealing with it."

Gomez continued, "My only compassion towards kids is like, 'You can't listen to it, you have to know that you're made individually to be who you are and you should just be able to find your happiness.' It's so hard to say, 'cause I've been doing it myself, you know?"

Leading by example, Selena has been able to push aside the negativity and find happiness in her life. "I am growing up, I am changing, and I'm figuring out who I am and I'm enjoying the place I'm in."

Selena found happiness after facing a tough period in her life when she was putting together music for her new album "Revival." She revealed, "I was getting a lot of hate for my body and 'you're gaining weight,' and so I was in Mexico and I was just feeling all of this stuff and I would be lying to you if I said it didn't kind of hurt my feelings, but I kind of channeled that into my music."

Gomez added, "I felt like everybody was saying so much and I'm like, 'I need to say something…' [The songs I wrote] on the record are 'Survivors,' 'Kill 'em with Kindness,' and 'Rise.' It's, it's all geared towards me trying to be heard, and I think this is the best thing that I've ever done in my whole career and I'm so excited."

The 23-year-old is surrounding herself with a positive circle of friends, who help her get through the good and the bad. "I think it's equally as important to have people who aren't in the industry. I live with two roommates and one of them's a realtor and the other one works for a charity and, like, a social media, so it's equally as important because I'm able to recognize how people treat me differently than they treat my friends who aren't famous… And then you have people like Taylor (Swift) or Demi (Lovato) or anyone that you're able to, like, look in the eye and go, 'My gosh, this hurts, I don’t understand this. Why are people like this?' And they get it."

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