Selena Gomez Opens Up About Reinventing Herself and Living a Life That Is 'Weight-Free' (Exclusive)
By Liz Calvario
Selena Gomez is nothing but grateful.
The 25-year-old singer stepped out in a black Versace leather jumpsuit at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music event in Los Angeles on Thursday where she was named Woman of the Year. ET's Keltie Knight caught up with Gomez to reflect on the recognition and what's ahead for her life and career.
"I'm very honored. I really am. I think right now, especially with everything going on in my industry, it's empowering to see the voice women have right now," Gomez expressed. "It's crucial and it's important. Sometimes I feel like a lot of that attention should go to more of that."
At the Billboard magazine soiree, the "Wolves" singer was accompanied by her best friend Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney to Gomez last summer. In the past few months, the singer has been open about her struggles with Lupus and the life-saving transplant, and even tearfully thanked Raisa at the top of her acceptance speech at Thursday's event.
"To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award, because she saved my life," Gomez emotionally told the crowd.
Now, Gomez is returning to the studio, getting back on stage -- her first televised performance of the year was two weeks ago at the American Music Awards -- and working on reinventing herself once again.
"I'm constantly somebody that likes to grow and feel like, 'All right, what can I be better at, what could I do better at, where could my confidence be stronger?'" she explained. "I'm 25, so I feel like I'm going to change a lot and enjoy that."
Meanwhile, the singer is looking forward to sharing her new music and living her best life.
"I worked really hard on my music this year and I'm really excited to put it all together," she said.
"I like to choose to live my life in a way where I want to be weight-free, and I know that's impossible to do because I have a million [eyes] on me right now," she explained. "But I think it is important to kind of go through your life the way you want and I like to come at things with my best. That's all I know how to do, just give my best."