Selena Gomez: I'm Still Trying to Figure Out Who I Am

by Jackie Willis 9:07 AM PDT, October 13, 2014
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From rehab to endless Justin Bieber relationship drama, Selena Gomez has had a year full of ups and downs.

While on Ellen DeGeneres' Monday show, the the 22-year-old singer acknowledges that she’s been working hard on herself. When Ellen asked Selena to rank her progress on a scale from 1 to 10, Selena responds, “I’m a seven."

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The former Disney star explains, "You know this year's been... I feel like I have been doing this so long that people tend to forget that they're all like, 'be yourself, be yourself', and I'm still trying to figure out who that is."

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It was revealed earlier this year that Gomez had checked into rehab at Dawn at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona. A source close to the singer/actress told ET at the time that Gomez was not admitted for substance abuse but was rather looking to better herself. She was reportedly in the treatment facility for a week or so, beginning on Jan. 5, 2014.

"So, I know I’m not perfect, but I know I have a lot of people that support me and love me," Gomez tells Ellen. "I don't know, I don't want to let anyone down. So I just try to be the best I can be. it’s awkward being 20."

While Ellen tries to sympathize that it’s even harder being in your 20s and growing up in front of the world, Selena is quick to point out the incredible power that comes with her position. "Yeah, but that’s when I get to do amazing things like use my platform for things like UNICEF and kind of just shift everything into what’s important and what actually matters in the world. So that’s my plus side."

Prior to rehab, Gomez canceled 13 dates in Dec. 2013 on her Stars Dance Tour, telling Live Nation, "My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be."

This was all on top of her on-again, off-again relationship with 20-year-old Bieber.

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Ellen also brings up reports that Taylor Swift is trying to get her gal pal -- who just moved into a house of her own in California-- to move to New York City. "Yes, she wants to kidnap me. She's been begging me every time I get on the phone to move to New York," Gomez admits, adding that Swift's move to the Big Apple was "a really good thing for her" and that she "stepped into her own."

Gomez, however, isn't quite ready for the East Coast. "I feel like I might eventually but not right now."

Prior to her interview with Ellen, Gomez teased her future plans to ET during the Los Angeles premiere of her movie Rudderless, and admitted she has a "few surprises" up her sleeve.