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Selena Gomez talks opinions, pressure and “who I was”

The beginning of 2014 wasn’t easy for pop-sensation Selena Gomez, the star decided to enter into a rehab facility to deal with some of the issues in her life that had been piling up in the background of her blossoming career.
 
The star, who recently has added actor to her long list of titles, attended the We Day conference in Oakland, California to speak with the press and to her fans. On stage Gomez spoke of the people that she kept around her in early career saying, “I’m surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me, and some of them have and others haven’t,” adding “They pressure me … you gotta be sexy, you gotta be cute, you gotta be nice. You gotta be all these things.”
 
“You all have pressure that you have to deal with every day I’m sure with school, with work, with friends, with parents, with family. … They tell me what to wear, how to look, what I should say, how I should be,” she told the crowd in an emotional speech aimed her millions of fans around the world. From breaking up with fellow pop-star Justin Bieber, to her off-stage drama, Gomez said she could relate to life’s ordinary problems, even though her’s are more public. “I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought that others would accept me for it.”
 
“I know what it’s like figuring out what types of friends you have,” Gomez said. “I’d be lying if I said I’ve never tried to make myself better by giving in because I have, but I’ve learned from my actions and for all of the things I’ve done, I’m proudest of that. I’ve learned from my mistakes.”
 
The star’s latest film ‘Rudderless,’ did very well at Sundance this past year. Gomez will also be in “Behaving Badly” in 2014.