"This year, I did it on my own pace," she said. "I don't want to rush this...I was like, 'No, I'm going to release the songs I want to release and just take my time.' I was going through stuff personally, and I just wanted to take care of myself."
"I wanted my music to be a lot more meaningful," she added.
While Gomez shared she doesn't know what her plans are for the rest of the year, she couldn't help but praise Swift's upcoming album.
"Would you expect any less [than incredible]?" she said of Reputation, which Swift "of course" played for her in full. "It's so inspiring. It's really cool to surround yourself with people and be involved with people who are aspiring and changing the way that they dictate what they love, whether it's acting or music, and she's one of those people who continues to do that."