When Selena Gomez dropped Revival toward the end of 2015, no one could have predicted the album’s breakout power. Nominated for Top Female Artist and Top Social Media Artist in this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Gomez has projected a sexy, fun—and sometimes vengeful—image that proved exactly what she needed to launch her next chapter as a strong, independent artist.
The rising pop star spoke with us by email about Revival, life’s battle wounds and her excitement as she readies to kick off her world tour Friday, followed by her first-ever Las Vegas nightclub appearance at Light.
Your tour begins in Vegas. Are you excited? After only being in a “rehearsal tunnel” for the last couple of months it’s exciting to actually be in front of an audience, but that also makes you nervous! Everyone involved with the tour works so hard, and you want people to respond positively to it.
What’s your favorite part of touring? Definitely seeing the fans and feeling their energy. That is what keeps me going night after night. My bus really does become a second home. You are basically a traveling family, so I end up spending time with people on tour, watching movies and laughing a lot!
You just wrapped up some acting gigs, too. What’s it like taking on such different roles? As an actor, that’s what you wish for. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been able to take on very diverse roles the last several years. After the tour I am looking forward to getting back on a set.
You’ve said Revival was a way to tell your side of your life story. Has it helped in the way you thought it would? I think Revival is just the start. The conversation has definitely turned, and I feel more inspired than ever right now. I have actually been working on new music. It’s always a good thing to push yourself and be challenged. I think as humans that’s the only way we grow. I am happy for the “scars” I have and wouldn’t change them for anything. I feel like I truly have just begun my journey.
What has been the most rewarding part of 2016 so far? The most rewarding part definitely has to be putting the Revival Tour together. I just can’t wait to get it on the road and see everyone! Selena Gomez at Mandalay Bay Events Center and hosting the official afterparty at Light at Mandalay Bay, May 6.