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Like most of us, Selena Gomez is a work in progress.
Though some have expressed concern over the former Disney star's sexualized image and her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, she seemed quite level-headed during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday and spoke honestly when asked how she would rate her attempts at self-improvement on a scale of one to ten.
"I'm a seven," Selena, 22, told Ellen on the personal progress she's made over the past year. "People tend to forget. They’re like, 'Be yourself, be yourself,' and I’m still trying to figure out who that is. I know I’m not perfect but I know that I have a lot of people who support me and love me and, I don’t know, I don’t want to let anyone down. So I just try to be the best I can be."
The "Come & Get It" singer summed it up best, saying, "It’s awkward being 20," to which Ellen replied, "Being 20 is awkward anytime, much less in front of the public eye and everybody photographing everything thing you do."
This has definitely been a year of big changes for Selena. She's living apart from her mom, an experience she's enjoying. She joked, "I can like, walk around naked and stuff," after buying her own home. Ellen replied, "That's why you live alone, that's why you pay a mortgage." (Though it should be noted Gomez does have a roommate: "One of my best friends from Texas," she revealed.)
Jokes aside, Gomez is enjoying her freedom. "Honestly, I just enjoy not being able to have to check in all the time. My mom is the sweetest ever, so even now she checks in on me. She's like, 'I see online you're here. Are you OK?' And I'm like, 'I'm fine, mom, I promise!' But I think that's just the best thing, being able to go into my own space."
Though she's still settling into her grownup new life in L.A., is there any truth to the rumor that she could be contemplating relocating to the Big Apple? Selena said that while Taylor Swift is "begging me every time we get on the phone" to move to New York, she has no immediate plans. "You know, we've been friends for seven years and she really feels like she kind of stepped into her own and became a woman there, and she's like, 'All right, your turn!'"