Selena Gomez thinks it's way past time for people to see her as her — and not Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend.
Gomez shot to stardom as the 14-year-old star of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, after a recurring role as a guest star on Hannah Montana. Now, she's 23 and about to embark on a world tour and film project. So why does the world still insist on making her only about Justin Bieber?
It's something Gomez says she's been dealing with for much of her career. In a new interview with Marie Claire — she covers the May 17 issue — she discusses what it was like to try to promote her own career and have interviewers make it all about the Biebs.
"I would try to promote something that I loved, and the entire interview would be about my personal life," she says. "I would leave a room feeling defeated, feeling embarrassed, but I would always make sure to put that smile on my face because I wasn't going to let them get to me."
And Gomez isn't stopping there. During a recent concert, where a fan was flashing a sign that read "Marry Justin please," Gomez called the fan up to the stage, took the sign, crumpled it up and threw it to the side.
Clearly she means business when it comes to leaving Bieber behind.
In the interview, Gomez also dishes on how she felt about taking control and planning the next stages of her career.
"I had to not be afraid to ask dumb questions, which means I asked a million things about every single step that I was making," she says. "I finally just wanted to go for it. I wanted to do things that I knew were going to be me. I don't want people to look at me as someone who is just this celebrity person."
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