"It's not something where I'm like, 'Let me glorify what I do in the bedroom,'" Gomez said of the scenes. "But I think I have a very healthy perspective on my sexuality. It's part of being an adult, and I'm still figuring out how to be one of those, too."
The 23-year-old artist, who performed on the Today show on Monday, also commented on the sexuality of fellow former Disney stars Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, pointing out that they've all come into their own.
"Everyone has found their identity in a really interesting way. We didn't come out as these robots that looked and dressed the same,” she said. “We had to go through our own sh**. At the end of the day, it’s respecting every female artist’s choice in how she expresses herself, because that’s what she wants."
In 2010 on MTV's My Time Now, Minaj spoke out about the double standard given to women. "When you’re a girl, you have to be everything,” Minaj said. "You have to be dope at what you do, but you have to be super sweet, and you have to be sexy…and you have to be nice. It’s like, I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being."
Gomez says she used to watch that clip every single day. "I had to remind myself that it's an unrealistic expectation that people have with women," she said.
Touting that she prefers to be around women over men, Gomez has some super famous mentors -- Jennifer Aniston and Kerry Washington, who became close confidant after this year’s Met Gala -- that are helping her along the way. “I treasure these women,” Gomez said, adding: “I think [women] are interesting, complicated, and beautiful.”
"I love her so much! I'm so proud of her," Washington said of her new gal pal. "I think she's just such an elegant young woman -- she's so filled with grace and poise and intelligence and generosity. She's just a real girl, you know?"