Look At Her Now: Selena Gomez’s New Path

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Disney has created dozens of child stars, but only a few are able to maintain their fame after ditching the company. Twenty-seven-year-old Selena Gomez can be considered a part of this desolate group. Though Gomez has been watched by thousands of kids around the world for years, things weren’t always easy for the young star. Gomez has battled with several personal struggles such as; being diagnosed with Lupus and needing a kidney transplant, along with recently being hospitalized for depression and anxiety. 

With all of these ups and downs, one can imagine the difficulty in maintaining such a high profile career. Although the singer has released songs sparingly over the years they were either features on other artist’s tracks, or singles released to promote movies and T.V. shows. Gomez hasn’t released a full, personal album since her 2015 project, Revival. However, this all changed when Gomez released two new songs last week. The two songs completely differ from anything the star has done before, and are seemingly linked to an album.

Throughout the years Gomez has managed to keep most of her personal life private, but one topic always seems to be brought up. That would be her relationship with fellow singer, Justin Bieber. The two got together in 2011 and were on and off again up until March of 2018. But when the two split again later that month, Bieber was soon seen out with Hailey Bieber, marrying her at a courthouse later on that year. Many of the lyrics in Gomez’s new songs are obviously about her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber. Although songs about her relationship with Bieber aren’t new to the singer’s discography, the lyrics and sounds of these two truly set them apart from the rest.

In the heartbreaking ballad, “Lose You to Love Me”, Gomez seems to be confronting Bieber about the pain he caused her. Although a sad song can be heard anywhere on the radio, something about this song makes it easier for audiences to connect with Gomez. Unlike the generic songs she has released in the past, “Lose You to Love Me” contains heartfelt and emotional lyrics that pull at the listener’s heartstrings.

Lyrics such as, “Set fire to my purpose” seem to refer to Bieber, as he released an album with the name “Purpose” in 2015. There are several songs on this album that Bieber has admitted to have written about Selena. Later, Gomez sings, “In two months you replaced us/Like it was easy”, truly depict how upset she was about their final breakup. This lyric refers to the fact that Justin began a new relationship with Hailey Baldwin in 2018, shortly after he and Gomez broke things off. 

Although the lyrics of, “Lose You to Love Me” are different than anything she has done before, the sound surely isn’t. However, “Look At Her Now” switches things up in terms of sound. Gomez uses an experimental beat, using different sounds of her voice as an instrument to back up the chorus. Although this sound has become quite popular on the radio today, it is relatively new for the singer.

Fans went crazy after Gomez released “Lose You to Love Me”, but the singer didn’t stop there. The next day Gomez released a new song called, “Look At Her Now”, which also seems to be about her relationship with Bieber. However, this song preached self-love and growth after getting out of a toxic relationship. Lyrics like, “Took a few years to soak up the tears/But look at her now, watch her go”, discuss how although it took her a while to get over her feelings for Justin, she is now ready to take on the world. Gomez also sings, “Made her more of a woman”, discussing how the pain she has been through helped shape her into a stronger person. 

Although Selena Gomez hasn’t released an album in a few years, fans were eager to listen to her new music. Gomez seems to have turned the drama surrounding her into a positive, by creating music that several people can relate to and enjoy. With her return to music and the beginning of what seems to be a new era, fans can’t wait to see what the singer has in store. 

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