The resilient singer has stared down illness, the celebrity gossip machine and then some, it’s hard to believe this former child star turned global pop sensation, Selena Gomez is only turning 27 on 22 July.
Since making her television debut in 2007, the talented young singer and actress has sold over 3.4 million albums, executive produced a critically acclaimed TV show (13 Reasons Why) and was awarded Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2017, but Gomez’s success is not merely measured by commercial accolades.
Having grown up in public eye for most of her adult life, Gomez has handled all of the trappings of celebrity with grace, maturity and a sense of openness that few public figures afford their fans. Since undergoing a very publicised kidney transplant for lupus, Gomez has bounced back in full force and released four hit songs in 2018 alone: the Talking Heads-sampled ‘Bad Liar’, which she co-wrote and was named the ‘Best Song Of 2017’ by Billboard, her collaborative dancefloor smash ‘Wolves’ with DJ Marshmello, ‘Fetish’ featuring rapper Gucci Mane and her latest ‘Back To You’, the lead single off the 13 Reasons Why season two soundtrack.
As she told Zane Lowe on the Beats1 Radio Show, “I’ve always viewed things as comfort is the enemy of progress”, and it’s clear that Gomez is creatively at the top of her game. In addition to more movie projects on the horizon, Gomez has explored her visual artistry in all of the accompanying music videos of the past year, experimenting with vertical video, and crafting cinematic narratives for songs like ‘Back To You’ and ‘Fetish’.
The versatile performer also appeared on the Benny Blanco single, ‘I Can’t Get Enough,’ also featuring J Balvin, and Tainy and starred in the music video.
The singer told Billboard recently, this is “the best [she’s] felt” and confirmed she is finishing up her third studio album, following the success of 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival.
As fans anxiously await her new album, Gomez reminded everybody what an amazing live performer she is after giving a surprise duet performance of her 2016 hit ‘Hands To Myself’ with her best friend Taylor Swift during a stop on Swift’s Reputation tour last year. More recently, the singer appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month and shared with the audience that her highly-anticipated album was nearly done.
“I’m actually done,” Gomez told Fallon. “I have to do a few finishing things with it, but I’m just relieved. It took me four years now to even feel at a good place with this album.”
Now as a young adult, Gomez has come into her own, assuming control over her creative choices and taking on more roles that put her in the driver’s seat when it comes to artistic process, whether it’s songwriting or producing an incredibly sensitive portrayal of young adult struggles in her Netflix series, we can’t wait to see what this young pop prodigy will do next.