At 28, Gomez has three Billboard 200 No. 1 albums, 18 Teen Choice Awards (making her the fifth-most awarded artist), more than 5 billion U.S. song streams (per MRC Data), and 215 million Instagram followers (and was at one point the most-followed person on the platform). Her influence is far and wide reaching since her Barney and Wizards of Waverly Place days, but the multi-hyphenate star believes there are still people who don't take her seriously -- and it's making her rethink her continued trajectory in the music industry.
"It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously," Gomez said during her cover story interview, which was published online Tuesday (March 9). "I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, 'What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?' 'Lose You to Love Me' I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people it still wasn’t enough. I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music."