Selena Gomez is singing about heartache on her new single, "Same Old Love," but her interpretation of the lyrics may surprise you.
On the second single from her forthcoming album, Revival, out Oct. 9, Gomez sings: I'm so sick of that same old love, that s**t, it tears me up. I'm so sick of that same old love, my body's had enough.
"I think 'Same Old Love' represents a different kind of identity with love," she tells Radio Disney in an interview airing next month. "The first people you love in your life are your parents. So for me, my dad is the first male figure I had in my life. And how much it means to respect your parents and have a healthy relationship with them because it trails on into your relationships when you're older."
To be clear, "Same Old Love" wasn't written by Gomez, but by hitmakers Benny Blanco (who also produced the record), Charli XCX, Ross Golan, and Norwegian pop powerhouse duo Stargate -- also known as Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen.
In the interview, broadcasting on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT via Radio Disney, Gomez also dished on her BFF Taylor Swift ("Hands down, I don't think anyone does it better than Taylor," she said. "I think there's such a fluid story in all of her records, and that's important.") and on the meaning behind her album title.
"It's kind of the moment when you're shedding everything from the past," she said. "I think Revival represents me being able to release all of that." Gomez noted that the album kicks off with the title track, with the 23-year-old singing: I feel like I've awakened, the chains around me are finally breaking.
"That, to me, is exactly what I think people deal with on a daily basis," she confessed.
Earlier this week, Gomez unveiled a very sultry cover image for the album. In the black and white pic, Gomez poses with her arms and legs crossed and just a hint of black panty peeking through.
On Thursday, Gomez sent fans into a frenzy with a side-by-side shot of the cover and of Friends-era Jennifer Aniston… with a lot of heart-eye emojis.
Gomez has made no secret of her new friendship with Aniston, gushing about the actress in a series of interviews and Instagram posts earlier this year.
"She’s very cool and very sweet," Gomez said of the star. "She kind of gives me a lot of, like, maternal advice."
For more on this adorable relationship, watch the video below.