The always lovely Selena Gomez is featured on the cover of the August/September issue of GL AKA Girl's Life magazine, which hits shelves tomorrow.

With her arms raised over her head and a fashionably ruched black top, Gomez looks a little older and a bit wiser, and it appears to be a case of art imitating life. She's growing up, she's trying new things and she's closing chapters. It's a time of change and excitement, but through it all, Gomez maintains an aura of grace and class rarely exhibited by an 18-year-old who is thrust into the glare of the media spotlight.

In the accompanying interview, Gomez talks about familiar topics, such as her feelings about love. It's a subject her fans are curious about, especially since her BF is Justin Bieber. She also speaks about how she has a love-hate relationship with the World Wide Web, since she can't catch a break from the hate. Gomez also talks about the end of 'The Wizards of Waverly Place,' the show on which she was reared in many ways.

The optimistic 18-year-old said that "love is beautiful." She continues, "It's hard but so wonderful. You should enjoy it and make sure the person betters you. I've been told I keep my heart guarded. My advice is to have fun and to be prepared for anything." You hear that, Biebs? We hope you and Gomez are bettering one another!

While Gomez has a positive attitude when it comes to love, she won't deny that she feels the sting when Beliebers hate on her because of her relationship or when keyboard ninjas write nasty things on the Internet. She admitted, "There are worse things than someone disliking you and people on the Internet saying this or that, but I can't lie. It hurts. I have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. I don't like it in general. It's vicious. Every choice that I make when it comes to my personal life, my films or my music, I always say, 'Would my fans be proud of that?' If I did something to kind of upset them, it would really crush me."

It's also a time of change for the singer/actress, whose Disney show 'Wizards of Waverly' place is now over. The show's end really broke Gomez's heart. She said, "I cried so much. The whole crew on that show has played a huge part in my life. They all watched me grow up and helped raise me in different ways. I feel like I'm still the girl from Texas that moved to LA, just older and a little bit wiser."

Selena Gomez: Older, wiser, prettier and with a bright future ahead of her and an awesome boyfriend by her side.

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