Selena Gomez on Justin Bieber: ‘I Got My Heart Broken’

Everything eventually came “Naturally.” Selena Gomez opened up to W magazine in a detailed new cover story about her painful transition from Disney darling to adulthood, which was accompanied by heartbreak and a supposed feud.

“Once Disney was over, I was like: Oh, s–t,” Gomez, 23, recalled. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I had to learn to be myself.”

Part of that experience was firing her mother, Mandy Teefey, as her manager in April 2014. “I was like, ‘Mom, I gotta figure it out on my own,'” Gomez shared with the mag. At the time, the Texas native lived with her mom, stepdad and newborn half-sister, and subsequently packed her bags and moved to L.A. “It was the kid-going-to-college moment in my mind,” Gomez said of relocating, which proved to be the right move for her career.

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Gomez had a standout cameo in the Oscar-nominated flick The Big Short in 2015, and has upcoming roles in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and an indie movie called The Fundamentals of Caring. “I know that I can go into a room and convince someone that I can be a character,” Gomez told W. “I’ll cut my hair, I’ll shave it, I’ll dye it. I’d go there in order for people to let Selena go.”

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The actress further clarified whether she and Cyrus, 23, had a contentious relationship. “We never feuded,” Gomez noted. “We both liked the same guy when we were 16. It was just a Hilary Duff–Lindsay Lohan thing: ‘Oh, my God, we like the same boy!’ We are now completely settled in our own lives.”

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Then, there’s also Gomez’s most-famous ex, Justin Bieber. Her on-again, off-again, three-year relationship with the Purpose crooner ended for good in 2014, but there’s still immense interest in the entity known as Jelena. “At first I didn’t care,” Gomez said of the constant chatter about their relationship. “To me it was: I’m 18, I have a boyfriend, we look cute together, we like that.”

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The moment it changed? “Then I got my heart broken and I cared. Because people had no idea what was going on, but everywhere it was a million different things. I was kind of in a corner, banging my head against the wall. I didn’t know where to go,” she explained.

She and the superstar now remain friendly, but she’s really sick of that same old love. “I’m so exhausted,” Gomez told W about discussing Bieber. “I honestly am so done. I care about his health and well-being. But I can’t do it anymore.”

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