Zedd Calls Tabloid Rumors 'A Distraction,' Talks Recording with Selena Gomez

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Zedd photographed in 2015.

“‘I Want You To Know’ was the first one — we recorded a couple more songs that we haven’t finished yet,” says the best-selling producer.

Zedd, the EDM maestro known for crossover smashes like "Clarity" and "Stay The Night," has gotten his first taste of tabloid culture over the past few months through his relationship with "I Want You To Know" collaborator and long-rumored girlfriend Selena Gomez. During an interview for Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast, the 25-year-old producer says that he didn't appreciate that type of personal speculation, and hopes that attention is focused on his musical endeavors -- namely, his new album, True Colors, which comes out May 18 on Interscope Records.

"I don't think I've ever been in the press in my life for anything but my music, and I've appreciated that a lot," says Zedd. "And I've never had any scandals and I've never done anything bad, and everyone only talked about my music. I liked that -- that's how I want it to be. And then, out of nowhere, suddenly people started talking about things that had nothing to do with my music. I was like, 'Wait -- we've got a song. Why don't you talk about that song?' It took me a really long time to do this."

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Zedd says that, following months of questions about his relationship, he has made the decision not to discuss his personal life in public. "It is a distraction, that's exactly what it is," he continues. "And I wasn't used to it either -- like, my dad would text me something like, 'Hey, have you seen this?' At that point [the news] went over four stations and four languages and turned into something completely different. I'm like, 'Dad, if I tell you something, that's what it is, and just don't believe anything you read online.'"



"I Want You To Know," the lead single to True Colors, has peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100 and may eventually be followed by more Zedd-Selena musical team-ups. "'I Want You To Know' was the first one -- we recorded a couple more songs that we haven't finished yet," says Zedd. "And I loved the voice. I thought it had a really great energy, so I told Ryan Tedder, who I wrote the song with. He loved the voice, so to me, I didn't want to hear anything else on it, so I decided that this should be my first single."

For more with Zedd -- including a breakdown of the many True Colors collaborations and who he thinks will be ruling EDM soon -- listen to his full Pop Shop Podcast interview below (starting at 35:35):