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Selena Gomez: I Was Hurt by Social Media Criticism of My Body (photos!)

Selena Gomez says she has body image issues just like anyone her age. But she's learned how to cope with criticism with a little help from BFF Taylor Swift. (Photo: InStyle)

Selena Gomez says she has body image issues just like anyone her age. But she’s learned how to cope with criticism with a little help from BFF Taylor Swift. (Photo: InStyle)

Selena Gomez is the epitome of vivacious young woman, but even she acknowledges in a new interview that she suffers from body issues just like other women. Being in the spotlight doesn’t help. Social media criticism sometimes hurts her feelings.

Selena says she’s aware of how she’s portrayed in social media and how so much of it is distorted or purposely hurtful.

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She says she’s learned a lot from her BFF Taylor Swift. She says the “Shake It Off” singer helps her keep things in perspective.

“I’ll be like, ‘I think I totally screwed up [with a guy],’ but Taylor says, ‘Actually, you didn’t’ and shows me how to make my mistakes into something great,” Selena tells the UK edition of InStyle magazine.

Their relationship she adds is not how it’s often portrayed.

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“People have this fantasy that we’re in our underwear, having pillow fights. We just play good music — sometimes live — and eat, and hang out,” she says.

Gomez acknowledges that dating is hard for her.

“I’m weirded out by the idea that a guy has Googled me before we meet, and that has happened… I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys.”

By older, the 23-year-old means like someone in their 30s tops. Not that she’s turned off by guys her own age. She’s most recently been linked with former One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

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The rumor is untrue, but Selena is intrigued by the idea. “If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,” she says.

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She also dispels reports that she’s back with ex-flame Justin Bieber. They were recently photographed together, but she nixed rumors of a reconciliation.

“I’m just tired of talking about it,” she tells the magazine. “I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story,”

Selena has been pushing the envelop on her image, including posing nude for the cover of RevivalSelena Gomez: I Was Hurt by Social Media Criticism of My Body (photos!) 1, her new album. She admits though, that she wasn’t expecting the social media criticism that followed. She was attacked for being “fat.”

“It hurt my feelings because I never experienced that before,” she says.

But her response was a lesson to all young women, who encounter the same snark. “I didn’t want [that] to be the story, so i said, ‘I don’t care what you think,'” she explains.

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“I’m learning that you can be comfortable and still look beautiful. Some days, I like what I see. Other days I’m like, ‘I’m not even going to bother,'” she says.

In her photo spread, Selena poses in a Los Angeles flop house that charges for rooms by the hour. You know what that means!

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