Selena Gomez Reveals the Scariest Thing About Releasing an Album After Four Years

Selena Gomez took a break from the spotlight for a while to focus on herself and finally released a new album, Rare, in 2020. It’s her first album in four years, something that was a bit scary for her — what if it didn’t go over well? It was a rational worry to have, but it turns out her fans didn’t just like her new music… they loved it.

Selena Gomez attends the 2019 American Music Awards
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Selena Gomez gets real about her worries

For the Spring 2020 issue of Dazed, Gomez answered questions from some famous peers and her fans — and she had some surprisingly honest responses.

When asked, “What was the scariest part of releasing an album after four years?,” Gomez shared her very big concerns.

“That no one would like it and my career as a singer would be over,” she shared. “I genuinely thought that. I worked so, so hard on this album. It could have come out and completely flopped, and then it’s like, well, where do you go from here?”

If her worries became reality, she shared: “I would have questioned everything because I doubt myself and that’s where I would have ended up — in a spiral. So I’m glad that it’s doing well. But I did everything I could to make it as personal and real (as possible).”

The singer shared her favorite songs on the album

A fan asked the singer about her favorite song on Rare and she said it’s “Vulnerable,” as Gomez explained, “I don’t know where I heard this from, but (someone) said it was the heart of the album and that was such a compliment to me. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but it’s me saying I’m willing to give myself more, so are you able to handle what I am and what I need as a woman? (Because) I won’t tolerate anything less.”

As for the song that she feels “best reflects” her personal growth and shows her strength, Gomez picked “Vulnerable” as well as “Ring,” which she explained as having “so much sass to it.”

Gomez said she is “very timid,” adding, “but I think that song represents me being in a place where I’m like, ‘I’m OK with being in control and knowing I have the ability to yes or no,’ but also, you know, expecting the best. I expect the best and I deserve the best.”

The inspiring reason Gomez doesn’t have any regrets

When asked if she has any regrets, Gomez explained why she doesn’t — and how her song “Lose You to Love Me” helped her better understand why.

“I mean, there are certain things which I wish hadn’t happened to me,” the singer shared. “But without them I wouldn’t have been the voice I am for people who have gone through the same thing.”

She continued: “When ‘Lose You to Love Me’ came out, I stood back and had this moment, like, ‘Oh… this is a huge reason why I’ve pushed myself through this. This is why.’”

Gomez added: “I was able to release a song that hopefully helps to heal some people, or just lets them know they are not alone. I was actually letting it go personally and when that happened something inside of me just left. And that’s why I am grateful for the chapters of my life. I’m not saying that it’s gonna be easy from now on, but I have a lot more strength and a lot more courage and a bigger voice to stand up for what I deserve.”