Before Selena Gomez starred on “The Wizards of Waverly Place” or in “Spring Breakers,” she had another role – she played her father’s wingman.
In the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the 20-year-old is interviewed at a Hooters restaurant – and, believe it or not, the jiggle joint chain, which bills itself as "delightfully tacky yet unrefined," holds a special place in Gomez’s heart.
“My mom and dad had me when they were young," the Texas native, whose parents divorced when she was 5, tells the magazine. “And when I was 7, my dad would go to Hooters to watch Spurs games. But he started noticing that when I would come, with my little pigtails, all the waitresses would be like, ‘Hey!’ So he ended up half spending time with me but with all those cute girls coming over.” She laughs. "And that kind of became our thing.”
Of course, Gomez is much better known for another one of her relationships – with Justin Bieber. While the on-again, off-again saga between the two young Hollywooders has generated many headlines, she says behind the scenes things were much simpler when they were together. And, Jelena fans take note: She speaks in the past tense.
After admitting the attention on them was doubly magnified, Gomez went on to say, “but that's not a factor for me because unfortunately you can't control that. To me, love is normal. Of course, you see Jay and Beyoncé and you're like, 'Oh, my gosh, they're perfect for each other,' but at the end of the day their love is just like everybody else's love. They have problems, I'm sure, and they solve them, like anybody else. So to make it as normal as possible – in such an abnormal lifestyle – was super important to both of us. Which was great ...” she trails off. “That's how it should be.”
Blue Ivy Carter’s parents aren’t the only ones to get name-checked by Gomez while talking about love. The Texan says she takes tips from John Mayer’s lady love as well.
“I believe in love – yes, I'm one of those girls," she says. “Most of my friends believe in love. I went out with Katy Perry last night. She's so fun and awesome, but it's cool to see someone older believe in love too. She is all about it, and that's how I will always be. I believe in stories like, ‘Oh, I met him in Starbucks.’”
Gomez’s love life isn’t the only thing that she gets attention for. Over the last year, she has emerged as a fashionista – just yesterday we were buzzing about her “Mad Men”-inspired video shoot – but she downplays her style, going so far as saying she doesn’t get asked out a lot because she often doesn’t look “presentable,” which we find that hard to believe.
“I do not give a damn what I look like, I don't. I wish I could pay attention because Gwen Stefani, say, looks flawless,” says Gomez, who is also a fan of Rachel Bilson (“the one person I totally love casually”), Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron. “When I'm on red carpets, I'm nervous, sweaty, and weird.”
Gomez is likely none of those things when surrounded by her nearest and dearest – which includes an inner circle of celebrities like Taylor Swift and Emma Stone, as well as old friends from Texas. And she leans on them more and more as her star rises.
“It's good to have both,” she says. “It's great to just pick up a phone and call Taylor and say, 'I have people following me, and I'm having a bad day,' but if I were to say that to someone else, it's like, 'Oh, boo hoo.' But it's nice to have people back home that grew up with me too.”
For more of Gomez’s interview, pick up the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands March 19.
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