Selena Gomez Opens Up About Katy Perry & Lorde in ‘Seventeen’ Magazine

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selenagomez-seventeen-march-012214Selena Gomez shows off her “dream” t-shirt on the March cover of Seventeen magazine.

The 21-year-old wears a number of empowering t-shirts in her spread featuring words like “loyal” and “brave,” which is fitting since the issue is all about girl power and the most powerful girls under 21.

The March issue is also a big milestone for Seventeen – it’s their 70th anniversary issue! In her interview, Gomez discusses what it’s like to feel powerful, the importance of her fans, how she won’t change for a guy and more.

On feeling powerful: “This year is when I really started feeling powerful. 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. 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. I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it.”

On her fans: “I don’t feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it’s the greatest thing in the world.”

On Lorde: “I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, ‘She doesn’t like me, but Lorde.’ I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things. Some day I will see her and we’ll be cool.”

On never changing for a guy: “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. 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.”

On Surrounding Yourself With the Right People: “I noticed my friends were different, that we were all becoming supportive. I’d get so angry at a friend and tell another friend and she’d just say, “Why don’t you look at her side.” And those things piss you off in the moment, but then you realize that that’s who you want to be surrounded by.”

The March issue of Seventeen hits newsstands February 4 and features three different covers. For more, visit seventeen.com.