Selena Gomez graces the cover of ‘GQ’ magazine and opens up about what it has been like growing up in the public eye, and opens up about going to rehab and her battle with lupus. She also poses for a sultry photo spread.

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The now 24-year-old pop music superstar released her breakthrough coming of age album, ‘Revival’ late last year. As she continues to forge a mature presence, and shed the Disney roots, she’s opening up in a revealing interview on a wide range of topics. And not least, her pinup girl-style photo shoot is going viral as well.

In the weeks leading up to the release of ‘Revival’ she was opening up about declaring her musical independence with her new record label, Interscope. Not to mention the perennial topic of her relationship with former boyfriend Justin Bieber.

The GQ article continues in that vein, and not surprisingly is titled “The Emancipation of Selena Gomez” as that has been the narrative.

Among the many topics she addressed, and the one that’s getting the most attention is her stint in rehab in 2014 and the speculation over it. Selena Gomez tells the publication, “First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay.”

She continued, saying “And I was going through [chemotherapy] and I went to two different locations for those treatments. It’s really frustrating, because I am 100 percent allowed to have that.”

She added, “My past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out… I don’t ever really like to sit and dwell on what that experience was. Was it fun? No. Is it fun to have it? No.”

And Selena Gomez is not sparing in her comments about what it’s like growing up as a child star, and she’s not putting the blame on the stars themselves. She’s also denouncing the incessant interest in witnessing an actual or potential train wreck. She tells the publication, “We’re easy targets. Every single kid who was brought up like this is an easy target.”

She continues, adding, “It’s disgusting, because it’s interesting to grown adults that these kids go through weird things because they’re figuring out, ‘Do I like this? Do I love this? Maybe I love this person. Oh, I’m exposed to this, people are reporting my every move and this and that because of Instagram and Twitter and you can find out everything.’ There’s a difference between being a fan — there’s a difference between that and what you have to do.”

As for her own adjustment as she grows up, Gomez tells the publication, when asked, that she wouldn’t choose to fast forward, saying, “I just have to be patient. It’s slowly dissolving the older I get. And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue and people won’t care about everything that’s happened to me.”

She goes on to say, “I chose this. So I’m not gonna sit here and say, ‘Oh, my God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood.’ I don’t give a f–k about that.”

There’s much more to the interview, and it’s getting a lot of attention, as it’s arguably her most candid discussion to date. You can see Selena Gomez’s interview here and see Selena Gomez’s ‘GQ’ cover photo and behind-the-scenes video below.

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