Over the course of an hour-long chat—in a midtown Manhattan hotel room with all of the window shades pulled down—there's one topic to which Selena Gomez returns again and again: her fans.It was for them, she says, that she recorded "Who Says," the sweetly upbeat first single from her forthcoming third album.It's not supposed to hurt this much.' But at this moment in my life, I'm at a point where I want to be in love, to give my all and fall head over heels. I'm not going to marry anybody I'm with, and I know that.I don't mean to, but I don't want to be let down.""When your heart is broken," she explains now, "you want to hate everything.You want to say, ' I don't believe in love; this is ridiculous.' He's such a dork." She seems relad and genuinely happy, a marked contrast to the self-described "realistic" attitude she displayed during her first cover interview with two years ago.Back then, Selena had recently split up with Nick Jonas, and she'd admitted, "Sometimes, when something is so nice and sweet, I just crush it.They'll say, ' Your fans want this.' And it's frustrating because my fans are amazing: They love me, they support me. Offered the chance to elaborate on the origins of their relationship, she demurs, as she has in the past: "We've always been friends." last October, he mischievously suggested her as his ideal romantic-comedy costar.
(The collection, like her own wardrobe, tends toward the boho."I like flow-y, open clothes, rather than tight-fitting," she says, "although I'm getting a bit more confident in my skin."). They just want to get that shot." If she seems a little embattled—although not (yet) embittered—it might be because interest in Selena has spiked since she began dating Justin Bieber, aka America's boyfriend.