1. Selena Gomez doesn’t use a social-media consultant, but she does read your comments. “I am very interactive with my fans so a lot of the comments that I’ll read,” she recently revealed to GQ, “they’re very invested in my life, as I am with them.” So when chatter turned to her go-to snack, Gomez responded by posting this shot, along with what would be an otherwise cryptic caption: “Taking my power back . . . can’t wait to show you where I’ve been. I love y’all. Ps, I still obsess over pickles.” The postscript led to a series of speculation in the news. “We’re not exactly sure what she means by that,” reported The Huffington Post, “so you know it was a really serious declaration.” The message could only be deciphered by her most avid followers, and that was precisely the point. Gomez later told GQ, “I reassured them with a bikini photo, naturally, that my love for pickles still existed.” Despite a steady stream of power plays with paparazzi and gossip columnists looking to shape her very public personal life, Gomez says she plans to retire. “I’m utilizing social media right now because of my age and because, to be honest, everybody else in the world was talking about me, so I wanted a fucking say,” she said in February. “Is this going to destroy me or make me? I still have to make that choice on a daily basis.” While Gomez prizes Instagram above all other social-media apps, “in a few years,” she confided, “I’ll give all of it up.”
2. When Gomez got teary in the opening monologue in her “The Heart Wants What It Wants” music video, it wasn’t scripted. In fact, the speech was part of a private conversation—sort of. “They taped the mic underneath the table when I was shooting the video,” she told Ryan Seacrest in 2014, the year she ended her relationship with on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber. “So, in that state—where I was in that place emotionally—I went in and I went into the room by myself, and I looked at the actual mirror in the music video, and I had a conversation [with] myself to every question I had in my mind in that moment.” As for Bieber’s answer to Gomez’s music video confession? “[He] thought it was beautiful,” she said, “[but] I think he was a little jealous of the video guy at first.”
3. The singer starts every morning by throwing back a shot of ginger, or eating a piece on its own. “It’s so good,” she recently told a visibly ginger-averse James Corden during a Late Late Show episode of Carpool Karaoke. “It’s killing everything inside—all of the bad things.” Even better if she can wash it down with a #7 off the McDonalds’s drive-thru menu, plus a medium Coca-Cola in one of the fast-food chain’s to-go cups featuring Gomez’s own song lyrics inscribed on the side, as seen in the clip. Gomez revealed in 2015 that she prepped for her performance at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show with a McDonald’s meal backstage; however, as she told Vogue.com in May, her approach to staying Revival tour–ready is somewhat different. “I always have water, tons of water. It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water and I want to stay hydrated,” Gomez explained. “I do two carrots, ginger, I do one piece of celery—I know, that’s lame, but one—and then half of a beet. Those are the things I always keep around.”
4. Britney Spears was a “huge inspiration” to Gomez when it came time to shed her Wizards of Waverly Place image. “Once Disney was over, I was like, ‘Oh, shit,’ ” Gomez later said. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I had to learn to be myself.” Of course, she got a little help from a belly-dancing Spears circa “I’m A Slave 4 U.” “The video is so hot, it’s incredible,” Gomez said in 2013. “I definitely want to do that with my transition.” Four months later, Gomez channeled the original pop princess during her first solo tour, Stars Dance, citing everything from the performances to the costumes. Remembering the first concert she ever attended—Britney Spears, coincidentally—she revealed her inner fan-girl. “We were in the nosebleeds,” Gomez said. “I got the T-shirt and glow sticks and I just remember it being the highlight of my life! I felt like I was on cloud nine!”
5. Gomez has seven tattoos “and counting,” and the story behind her most prominent permanent ink—a four-inch Arabic inscription etched below her right shoulder that translates to “love yourself first”—centers on a decidedly more short-lived moment she shared with a fan. “This is . . . probably the one that means the most to me,” Gomez told GQ in April. “I did a concert in Dubai and a 16-year-old came up to me when I was going through a rough time. She said, ‘I just wish that you would love yourself first.’ ” The singer debuted her latest body art on Instagram in 2014, eliciting 1,000,000 likes and inspiring countless similarly inked Selenators: “A lot of my fans have actually gotten this tattoo,” she has said. “I love telling that story.” Two years later, the singer took to social media again to announce the news that a line of custom replica temporary tattoos would be included in her official Revival tour merch—just one, or rather, seven more reasons to see Selena Gomez live.