Selena Gomez has revealed details surrounding some of the major life changes that she's gone through in the past several months. In an interview published in Elle's October 2081 issue, which features Gomez on the cover she speaks about how she has downsized her real-estate holdings, cut back on using social media, and devoted a lot of time to a charity aimed at fighting human trafficking. In the interview, Gomez also gave a small teaser of her third studio album (whose title and release date are to be announced), which she describes as "funky" and has songs about romantic breakups.
In one song, she talks about cutting a man out of her life after "1,460 days" and "cleaning my slate," which many people could assume is about Gomez's on-again/off-again romance with Justin Bieber. She reunited with Bieber in late 2017, but they parted ways again about six months later, and he got engaged to model Hailey Baldwin. In another song, Gomez referenced another failed romance with someone she thinks is aloof, with these lyrics: "Were my ambitions too high? Baby, you’re so distant. Why don’t you recognize I’m so rare?" Fans are speculating that the song could be about The Weeknd, who briefly dated Gomez in 2017 before she got back together with Bieber.
Gomez, who has fashion deals with Coach and Puma, also revealed that one of the album's songs is called "Flawless" which she explained has this meaning: "Even when you’re imperfect, even when you’re feeling worthless, you are flawless. It’s a song I’m going to sing for the rest of my life.”
The singer/actress has openly discussed her medical issues in interviews, including having lupus, her kidney transplant in 2017, and trips to rehab for anxiety and other issues. In the Elle interview, she also talked about how she has changed her priorities since surviving those health challenges, including selling her homes in Los Angeles County and near Forth Worth, Texas, and downsizing to one home in California's Orange County. "It’s been such a release," Gomez said. "L.A.’s just gotten really claustrophobic for me. I can’t do any of the things I do here in L.A. It’s just impossible … “I’m going back to simplicity ...I feel like a totally different person."
Gomez currently has more than 142 million Instagram followers (making her the most-followed person on Instagram), but Gomez's life changes include scaling back on using social media. Gomez explained, "The reason why is, it’s not real to me." Although Elle reports that Gomez still accesses her Instagram through a friend's phone, Gomez tells the magazine: “I haven’t been on the Internet in months. I don’t have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game.”
She also commented for the first time about her longtime friend (and former Disney Channel colleague) Demi Lovato, who was hospitalized over a reported drug overdose on July 24 and has since reportedly checked into rehab: "All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I love her. I’ve known her since I was 7. That’s what I’ll say."
Gomez was secretly doing volunteer work for A21, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting human trafficking, but she has now made her work public. Gomez said, “I wasn’t going to immediately start discussing it. It’s out of my comfort zone. I needed to be fully immersed in it ... I can’t be silent about this.”