Selena Gomez makes bank off of endorsements and is the most-followed person on Instagram. That’s a good thing, considering she can’t really sing that well, and her box office numbers aren’t the best (though her acting is stronger than her vocals). At this point, she’s actually somewhat similar to the Kardashians: She’s famous for being famous and uses that leverage for her brand. It’s smart!
But it’s also either clearly conflicting for her or a sign of her own hypocrisy when she speaks about her career.
In a Vogue cover story for April 2017 — just to reiterate, a Vogue cover story, which is, you know, really a lot of publicity — she lamented, “Look, I love what I do, and I’m aware of how lucky I am, but — how can I say this without sounding weird? I just really can’t wait for people to forget about me.”
Being on the cover of Vogue isn’t the best way to accomplish that, right?
She added of her Instagram presence, which she previously denounced during a speech at the American Music Awards (just before posing in a thong on the medium), “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like s–t when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”
Gomez still posts on Instagram all the time. She also appeared in what may be the most boring Vogue “73 questions” ever:
The former Disney darling took a few months off in 2016 to go to rehab, and once her current contracts end, she may want to speak to a career counselor as well, because, well, she’s making big money but doesn’t seem happy at all. Chances are she has enough money to retire and live very comfortably, so maybe that’s the next step. It could be worse, right?