Selena Gomez is Almost Ready to Retire From Music — Here's Why

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Despite all her success, Selena Gomez is still incredibly insecure about her musical career.

In her new interview with Vogue, Selena opened up about wanting to give up singing for good. She said,

“It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously. I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point?’ ‘Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people, it still wasn’t enough.”

She continued,

“I think there are a lot of people who enjoy my music, and for that, I’m so thankful, for that I keep going, but I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different. I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music.”


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This is definitely not the first time that Selena has displayed a lack of confidence in this arena.

During an interview with Kelly Clarkson in March 2020, Selena said,

“I know that people may not think I’m the greatest singer but I just work my ass off. I really love writing and creating and creating melodies and growing.”

Whether or not Selena is “the greatest singer” might be up for debate but the truth is there is so much more to being an artist than just being a good singer. It’s about bringing emotion, charisma, personality, and heart to all of your music and performances and Selena definitely does that — no question.

And if you’re not still convinced, just look at the numbers. Selena has been No. 1 on the Billboard charts three times. On top of that, she has more than 46M monthly listeners on Spotify (compare that Demi Lovato‘s 30M and Beyonce‘s 34M).

There’s no question that Selena has had a hugely successful career in music. When Sel released “Lose You to Love Me” in October 2019, it instantly became the female empowerment anthem of the year. And there’s no question that her 2014 hit song “The Heart Wants What It Wants” will forever be iconic.

Selena may have started out as your typical Disney-star-turned-pop-star. But she’s taken musical risks in the last few years that have really paid off. Songs like “Fetish”, “Bad Liar“, “Rare“, and “Look at Her Now” have more than shown Selena’s range and talent.

She may still see herself as a Disney girl with something to prove, but to the rest of us, she’s more than proven herself. Hopefully, one day she’ll be able to see that for herself.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.