Whether you first started following her during her Disney Channel days or you recently became a fan, you can’t deny that Selena Gomez is a talented artist. While the 29-year-old has dipped her toes in both music and acting, in recent years, she’s gravitated more toward the latter with small movies roles, her cooking show Selena + Chef on HBO Max, and her role on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. In fact, she told Vogue in her 2021 cover story that she was seriously considering retiring from music altogether.
Last year, she opened up about how challenging creating new music has been for her as an artist, especially when there are so many naysayers out there. “It’s hard to keep doing music when people don’t necessarily take you seriously,” she explained. “I’ve had moments where I’ve been like, ‘What’s the point? Why do I keep doing this?’ ‘Lose You to Love Me’ I felt was the best song I’ve ever released, and for some people, it still wasn’t enough.”
“I think the next time I do an album it’ll be different.”
As someone who has followed Gomez’s career since the beginning, her quotes are especially disheartening to hear. I mean, come on, she’s given us bops like “Same Old Love,” “Bad Liar,” and many more. For fans who have supported her music, Gomez is grateful, but she’s still adjusting her approach to new releases. Gomez released her first Spanish-language EP, Revelación, on March 12, 2021, but after that, we may only have one more album to look forward to. “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,” Gomez said. “I want to give it one last try before I maybe retire music.”
She also said that part of her decision to retire from music is so that she can “give [herself] a real shot at acting.” But there is still much more she wants to accomplish. “I haven’t even touched the surface of what I want to do,” she said. “The parts that I want are the ones I need help with. I can’t wait for the moment when a director can see that I’m capable of doing something that no one’s ever seen.”
After her initial announcement, Gomez clarified her comments to USA Today on Jan. 11 when asked if she could still see retirement happening. “I think I just said it wrong,” she noted. “The idea of retirement for me isn’t that I would leave forever, it is that I do see myself taking a significant break from music. Not personally — I think I’ll always be creating and doing music and hopefully maybe even do some side projects with people. I just want to maybe take a step back, but I’m not doing that anytime soon.”
Whew! Glad to hear Gomez isn’t jumping ship with her music just yet. Ahead, check out some of her previous music videos that prove she’s still got her musical star power.