Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Split From The Weeknd, Reconnecting With Justin Bieber, & Much More In Her ‘Woman Of The Year’ Billboard Issue!

Selena Gomez doesn’t shy away from talking about her personal life, whether it’s her kidney transplant or those who mean the most to her!

In the new issue of Billboard, which the starlet covers as their “Woman of the Year”, she takes a head-on approach when talking about Justin Bieber. And obviously ex-boyfriend The Weeknd.

Related: Justin & Selena Didn’t Spend Thanksgiving Together

While she doesn’t reveal what led to their split, she did admit she and the R&B singer are “best friends,” which may or may not be true at the moment considering they’ve unfollowed each other on Instagram. Oh, and he deleted all traces of her!

But in Billboard, Selly said about being single:

“The best part? It’s actually… you know what, though? Something that I’m really proud of is that there’s such a true friendship [between me and The Weeknd]. I truly have never experienced anything like that in my life. We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other], and that was pretty remarkable for me.”

But talking about her possibly on-again flame Justin, she shared:

“I cherish people who have really impacted my life.”

She elaborated on the singer coming back into her life:

“I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20. I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn’t right. But that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away. And [that goes for] people in general. I mean, I grew up with Demi [Lovato]. Nick and Joe [Jonas] and Miley [Cyrus] — we’ve gone through seasons in our lives. I don’t think it’s as serious as people make things out to be half the time. It’s just my life. I grew up with all of these people, and it’s so cool to see where everybody is. It comes back to the idea of me remaining full. I think a true representation of love is beyond just yourself… The littlest things are impactful.”

Well it certainly sounds like she thinks they’ve both grown!

Speaking about another topic taking over Hollywood, Selena shared her thoughts on women speaking out about their predators:

“I’ve cried. But I definitely feel hopeful. As people speak out, I hope that feels powerful to them, because they deserve to feel that. I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through. I’ve known people in my family who’ve gone through those things. I try to let people come to me and open up, to make a safe environment for them to do so.”

But when it comes to working with Woody Allen on a new film, she wasn’t sure what to think of his past:

“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it. [The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.'”

Not really sure what that means, or what she’s saying about Woody.

Maybe she’s still trying to process her thoughts??

Keep reading for even more HIGHlights from her interview (below):

On what she’s most proud of: “I’m really proud of where I am right now. I handle things in a healthy way. I can enjoy where I’m at. I love being able to say ‘no.’ I like being a part of the world. People are so terrified of other people. I see it in my generation a lot. There’s so much anxiety and angst, and the pressure just keeps getting worse. [But] I’m proudest of not becoming jaded. I have every reason to be like, ‘Fuck all of you.’ And I don’t. I’m going to have the bad days where I don’t want to leave my bedroom — but I’m ready for them.”

On new music: “I mean this in a very loving way, [but] my label has been itching for all the music that I’ve been creating, and there is such power in saying ‘no.’ I like how we’ve presented the music this year, because it wasn’t in an aggressive way; it felt very genuine. I’ve canceled the past two tours I’ve done, so that’s something I’ve considered deeply too. How will I step on that stage and just completely own it and wear it proudly? In the past, I just kept reaching for something: ‘The costume is not glittery enough. What is going to pull them in? Everybody keeps looking at me like I’m this young girl.'”

On equine therapy: “There were three horses to choose from, and naturally I went for the emotionally unavailable one. So, I felt very angry, had a lot of stress in my body and the horse took off, completely left. And I just kept getting more angry and frustrated. The horses can really sense your energy. After trying multiple times, the therapist looked at me and said, ‘You know what? I need you to take the nice, sweet, kind, available horse. I want you to accept what you have in front of you.’ I took a lot of deep breaths, walked around the stable, and by the time I came back, I felt completely settled in a ‘that’s enough’ sort of way. I’m the kind of person who goes home and thinks, ‘Maybe I didn’t do enough,’ or I feel like I wasn’t enough, and those are the things you can’t focus on. It comes back to the idea of being present. And that was four years ago. A lot has changed. I feel a lot more centered, more accepting.”

​On her revelation after her kidney transplant: “I just kept thinking about how much my body is my own. Ever since I was 7, my life always felt like I was giving it to someone else. I felt really alone even though I had a lot of great people around me. But the decisions I was making, were they ever for me? [After the surgery] I had this sense of gratitude for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever just stopped and been like, ‘I’m actually grateful for who I am.'”

On being talked about in the press: “For a while I just wanted to defend myself. I wanted to scream and say, ‘You have no idea! I’m allowed to do this! And make these choices!’ I loved being a part of the projects I was on, I loved what I was doing, and I feel like the attention to that kept going away. I remember feeling that I was defined not by my work but by who I was. The moment I released The Heart Wants What It Wants [in 2014], which was the first time I had shared a lot of where I was in my personal life, I think a switch happened there. Would I like people to care about worldly things that matter? Things that should actually be discussed more? Yes. But I can’t control that. And I don’t want to.”

On auditioning for Woody’s film: “I auditioned five times for it. I didn’t have the greatest confidence a few times and they passed on me, but it turned out that they didn’t find anyone, so I auditioned one more time and gave it my all. I do feel like I earned it. And it was a great experience for me. In acting and in film, you’re around a much more stable community. I say that delicately because we all have our stuff, but it was very supportive. It really opened me up, and I needed that after the surgery. There can be so much noise and chaos around everyone’s daily life, and it was really great that when we stepped on-set, it was just about that. It’s also a step in the direction I want to go in [with acting]. I’ve begun spending time with [independent filmmakers] the Safdie brothers, too, who are incredible.”

On needing a break from Instagram sometimes: “I love Kevin [Systrom], the creator of Instagram, and he has gotten mad at me in the past when I was like, ‘I have to take a break from it.’ But removing myself was about spending time with things that matter. I’ve been hanging out with an old friend, and basically every conversation, we want it to be intentional. Meaningful conversations remind you that it’s all within where we are. It’s not about what’s happening with everything else.”

On listening to opinions: “You know, I have to be very careful with what opinions I listen to. And society teaches you to honor and respect the people around you. But loyalty and honesty can mean something completely separate. And I think altering or editing myself for the sake of others has been something that I have done my whole life. I’ve had to accept where I am. It took me about five years and moments where I needed to step away and be alone and fight those fights on my own, or go away to a place where I could focus on that. And that time for me was so painful and really hard and very lonely. But I really, really felt that that’s what helped me feel satisfied with where I am.”

On feeling comfortable with her kidney transplant scar: “I do. I didn’t, but I do now. It was really hard in the beginning. I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, ‘Why?’ I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn’t feel great about with myself. When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do — lasers and creams and all that stuff — but I’m OK with it. And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with [plastic surgery]. Cardi B has been my inspiration lately. She’s killing it, and she is proud of everything she has done. So there is absolutely zero judgment on my end. I just think for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don’t have perfect abs, but I feel like I’m wonderfully made.”

On plastic surgery: “[But] I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Maybe I’m like, ‘You know what? It’s time for a little tuneup.’ But I want to make sure that I’m doing it because I’m OK with where I am.”

On living with less in her one-story home: “I don’t need a lot of things. I like feeling removed, and I wanted a place where I could be alone.”

Ch-ch-check out Selena’s cover of the glossy (below), and let us know your thoughts!

Our woman of the year cover story is on stands now. Link in bio! #womeninmusic | 📸: @ruvenafanadorA post shared by Billboard (@billboard) on Nov 30, 2017 at 9:05am PST

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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