Not Bieber's girlfriend, not a Disney star, not a momager's daughter. An independent Gomez rallies from hitting "rock bottom" as she surrounds herself with "dope" women and releases her fiercest, highest-charting music yet: "The hate motivated me."

The Selena Gomez supervillaIn "Arsyn" may have been the most unlikely of all the over-the-top characters adopted by Taylor Swift's celebrity girl squad in her video for "Bad Blood." "Nefarious" is not the word that comes to mind when seeing Gomez seated on the rooftop of the Peninsula Beverly Hills on a hot September day, her hair pulled back and lashes liberally fluffed. But then, speaking about the drive behind her new album, she declares: "The hate motivated me."

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