Selena Gomez talks about the end of 'Rare,' regaining control and the part of her that's 'over'

'I don’t want people to see me as just sad and hurt'

September 23, 2020
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Selena Gomez's Rare era is evidently over... thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Selena says that "Boyfriend," which came out in early April, is the last song that'll ever be released from the record -- and she wasn't even happy about putting it out in the first place.

Speaking about Rare, Selena tells Rolling Stone, "When the album came out [in January], I got to celebrate it and enjoy it. [Afterward] I was really sad for everyone... we decided to finish the album [cycle], wrap it up, because we weren’t going to be able to do anything for the rest of the year."

"I released 'Boyfriend' -- it was technically the last single," she continues. "But what was going on was far more important than anything anyone would have said or done. To be honest, I couldn’t enjoy it when 'Boyfriend' came out. I am very proud of the song, but I didn’t enjoy the feeling."

Still, Selena is happy for the Rare experience.

"I think that becoming more involved than I ever have been [in the making of the album] helped me gain confidence and empowered me completely," she explains. "I took control over what I was going to say, what I was going to do."

For example, she reveals, "It was my idea to release 'Lose You to Love Me' and 'Look at Her Now' [back-to-back]."  Even though her team wasn't happy about the decision, she insisted.

"I wanted people to take away that this was a journey and that it was completely closed. I don’t want people to see me as just sad and hurt," she notes.

"I didn’t want that anymore. I wanted people to know that I experienced something real, and that part of me is over."

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