Selena Gomez Reveals 'Same Old Love' Inspiration -- and It's Definitely Not Who You Think
By Sophie Schillaci
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.