Selena Gomez has been extremely productive this year with the release of her third studio album Rare, the launch of her beauty line, her HBO Max cooking show, an upcoming Hulu series, and more. During her appearance on the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket, Gomez shared how her time in quarantine allowed her to work through her anxiety and prioritize what really matters to her.
“It’s deﬁnitely the most time I’ve spent on my own probably since I was 16,” she said. “At ﬁrst it was super uncomfortable, more so because of the anxiety I was carrying because of everything that is happening. I also feel like I got the opportunity to learn a lot about my country in ways that I never have before. I feel like I’ve gained a sense of knowledge and a sense of feeling good about saying what I’m saying, and I feel good about what I’m standing by, and I’m not going to let other opinions conduct what I feel personally.”
She also spoke about her recently released song with K-Pop girl group Blackpink titled Ice Cream. When asked how the song came together, she said, “It’s kind of mutual because we’re at the same label but under different umbrellas. I love Blackpink, and I’ve been obsessed with them. I was nervous because it is something that’s stepping out of my zone a little bit, but it was just the best time,” she added. Gomez added that she respects their work ethic, adding: “How much they put into what they do is pretty remarkable. So kind of seeing the crossover has been really interesting at the same time for both of us. Each of us got to go into that world together.”
The Past Life singer also spoke about hosting the new HBO Max cooking series Selena + Chef, which also came together during the Covid-19 lockdown. “It was actually just during quarantine. I had just moved into my house, and I had this dream kitchen, and I just imagined making meals and doing all of that, but then I realized I only knew how to cook like ﬁve things,” she said. Gomez also spoke about the racial reckoning that has been happening during the pandemic and how she is using her platform to make a difference.
When asked if she still has hope for America as a country, she emphatically stated, “One thousand percent, that’s something I’ll never let go of. My friend sent me a news story that said statistically, my generation and maybe younger has shown less interest in voting than ever. It didn’t make sense because if anything, why wouldn’t we be more motivated to do that?”