"For a while my private life was the most talked about thing," the 24-year-old singer said. "Nobody really knows everything and they can only assume. You want to do what you love but all this other stuff overshadows it so it makes it a little harder for people to take me seriously."
But with her successful Revival world tour under way, Gomez -- the most followed person on Instagram -- seems to have made her peace with the constant attention. "I figured it’s just temporary. I feel like that fortunately and unfortunately it’s where my life is at the moment and I have to accept it."
Still, the spotlight makes it harder to date outside her circle of friends. "Because I think people would think it's kind of dumb [to date me]," she admitted. "Nobody would want to throw themselves into that situation where it was so heightened publicly, like, why would they?"