"I didn't have the opportunity to figure out my life without people having an opinion every step of the way," shared Gomez, who started acting when she was 10 years old with a role on Barney & Friends alongside fellow singer and actress Demi Lovato.
Despite having less control over her formative years than she would have liked, Gomez said she rejects self-pity.
"I chose this," she explained. "So I'm not gonna sit here and say, 'Oh, my God, poor me, I didn't have a normal childhood.' I don't give a f**k about that."
Gomez got her big break on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place when she was 15, and she's come a long way since as her personal style has matured notably in recent years.
In 2012 she broke out of her nice-girl image by co-starring in the bleak crime drama Spring Breakers, and next month, she will play a villainous sorority sister in the raunchy comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, alongside Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Chloe Grace Moretz.