Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight since she was a young child, but is now doing what she can to help the less fortunate.
Selena Gomez may be a successful actress and singer, but has learned it is important to do what she can to help others. Gomez has signed on as an ambassador for UNICEF, and spent time in Nepal last month for the organization.
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“It was beautiful. It was spiritual,” Gomez told ABC News. “I never showered, ever, because I was in the field every day and it just felt like I was removed, completely, from my bubble that I live in. And it was incredible.”
The actress added that the trip put her life in perspective, and has helped her cherish different things than she did before.
“I’m living in a bubble,” she admitted. “I think essentially most people are when they’re constantly on their phones or when they’re constantly thinking of their everyday [lives]. You tend to easily forget how incredible it is that we have a roof over our heads right now. I mean, I was visiting with children who were trying to beg their parents for a toilet. And we’re complaining we’ve got to do stuff every day.”
Gomez not only has the stress of celebrity and a successful career to deal with, but her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber has gotten to her in the past.
She said that working with UNICEF is helping her understand what people all over the world are going through. She explained, “I consume all of this energy from the world, essentially, that it’s like a pressure and it’s a sense of focusing on certain things that are totally not what this world is about. And it was good for me, and it’s healthy and I love being able to do that for my fans, because then they can see what is going on in the world. They’re now knowing. They now know where Nepal is. Maybe before they didn’t. I didn’t. It’s learning with them, it’s growing, it’s channeling all of the right energy into something that actually matters in the world.”
Besides her role with UNICEF, Gomez is staying busy with her career. She said it is the thing she lives for every day.
“I love structure, I love being able to work, but you have to understand what it means to, like, take a break, and that’s what my problem is,” Gomez explained. “I have people saying ‘Have fun!’ You know, like be able to just enjoy where I am. But I want to do a lot, though. I love what I do. I’m obsessed with what I do.”
You can see Gomez next in Behaving Badly, alongside Mary-Louise Parker and Heather Graham.