Selena Gomez on the Early Pressures to Be Sexy at a Young Age

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Selena Gomez is opening up about the pressures she faced early in her career as a young teen.

In an interview with Allure, the singer detailed that folks were expecting her to be more sexualized.

“I just did things that weren’t really me,” she said of those years. “There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, Revival. [I felt] the need to show skin … I really don’t think I was [that] person.”

Selena debuted her latest album Rare in January.

“I haven’t done that in years. I honestly can’t,” she explained. “I’m strong in a lot of ways, but I think I just have way too much of a sensitive heart.”

The star became introspective when looking back at her early years on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

“I was extremely blessed to get picked out of Texas and chosen to become a part of one of the biggest machines in the world — it was my high school,” she said. “I think the female characters on Disney Channel have a lot of strength. And my comedic timing, my improv skills, everything I experienced made me a better actress.”

We love you, Selena.