Selena Gomez Slams Her ‘Elle’ Cover Story: ‘I’m a Bit Bummed’
"Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart [sic] of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been," she captioned three posts, all with the same message, alongside photos of her volunteering and promoting her Coach collection.
Gomez went on to say that while she's "grateful" for her position in the pop world and acknowledges that comes with some discussion of her personal life, she'd hoped the story would center around her upcoming music, Coach campaign, and volunteer work with anti-human-trafficking organization A21. The article does touch upon each of those topics, but she was apparently disappointed by the writer's emphasis on her ties to the Hillsong Church, which is mentioned three times.
"Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why," she continued. "Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone."
Gomez concluded: "I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon."
The October issue of Elle hits newsstands Sept. 25. See Gomez's posts below.