Selena Gomez: I 'Started Feeling Powerful' This Year

Selena Gomez performs onstage during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2013, at TD Garden on December 14, 2013 in Boston Selena Gomez performs onstage during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2013, at TD Garden on December 14, 2013 in Boston

Selena Gomez has been a star for years, but the 21-year-old says she just started stepping into her strength recently.

“This year is when I really started feeling powerful,” she told Seventeen magazine’s March issue. “I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote.”

The “Slow Down” singer said her public breakup (presumably from Justin Bieber) helped her find her power.

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“Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have ‘Come & Get It’ be amazing. I wanted it all to be me,” she said. “I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it.”

Selena also revealed she has turned to fellow pop star Katy Perry for advice on dating – especially when it comes to finding men who are strong enough to be OK with dating a powerful, busy, influential woman.

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“I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven’t found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It’s hard,” she told the mag. “I do think I might scare some guys, because I’m like, ‘I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?’ But I only know how to be me.”

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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