Selena Gomez recently revealed the cover of her upcoming album Revival, which features a topless portrait of the “Good for You” singer. The nearly-nude photo — in which she’s wearing shorts that are mostly hidden from view, while covering her chest with her arms — has been the subject of many headlines about Gomez over the past week, but she feels confident that “this is not going to be a subject once the album comes out.”
“The music is going to take over because that’s how confident I am about it,” Gomez said in a new interview with L.A. radio station Power 106.
“You have to understand that I dealt with a lot of body shaming this year, and I’ve never experienced that before,” she added. “I don’t care about that stuff, but I did start gaining weight, and I didn’t really mind it, I enjoyed it.”
“Man, that hurt,” Gomez admitted. “That was really hurtful. Because I’ve experienced people who have tried to control that kind of stuff before, and I think that I didn’t care. This is my time. I want to do it the way I want to do it.”
Gomez, who was asked about her “brave” choice to go topless for the Revival album cover, detailed why she went in that direction.
“It looks like a Linda Ronstadt photo,” she says of the cover’s inspiration. “It’s a ’70s photo. I’m wearing high-waisted shorts that are obviously cut off. But it’s beautiful. I’m proud of that.”
“It’s not even about my weight. It’s just that I’m not going to give a f— what people … I’m not going to care … I’m not going to let them get to me. I can do what I want,” she continued.
“It’s bare. I don’t want diamonds and things all over me for the cover, and really thick makeup. I wanted it natural,” Gomez said of the album cover, before shamelessly mentioning that the image is “Photoshopped for sure.”
The process of recording Revival, due out on Oct. 9, was an emotional experience for Gomez, who signed with a new label (Interscope Records) in Dec. 2014, after working with Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records for several years.
“The past two years, honestly, it’s just been a little bit … everybody’s had a say in my life,” she said. “It kind of just got out of hand.”
She says she eventually got she to a place where “really trusted people, and they heard me. They were really understanding that I was fed up with everything. I was crying in the studio. Then I’d be happy in the studio. I recorded the best songs of my career in the studio. It was such a time for me to explore who I am. That was really important. I think that’s why we called it Revival.”
“I wanted it to be what I felt in that moment,” Gomez said of the recording process. “It was almost like therapy — so exhausting.”
Watch her full interview with Power 106 below: