Selena Gomez announces first album in four years, teases material about her ‘huge’ life moments
After undergoing a kidney transplant in 2017 and struggling at times with mental health after, the 26-year-old pop star has revealed plans to release her first album in nearly four years.
“I’m actually done,” Gomez told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday. “I have to do a few finishing things with it, but I’m just relieved. It took me four years now to even feel at a good place with this album.”
The Disney Channel alum has largely taken a break from the spotlight in the past few years – though she’s made headlines recently while promoting an upcoming movie alongside Bill Murray.
The long wait seems to have paid off: Gomez teased fans will get a more personal look inside her recent struggles.
“I had such huge moments that happened in my life, personally,” she said, noting that she wondered how “to capture that and how was I going to actually feel good about what I was saying. So I just kept going and I’m relieved now.”
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What can fans expect from her new music? A more “mellow” vibe, for one. And a “more emotional connection” with listeners, she said
“I think there’s always going to be a sense of strong pop in my music, but I definitely explored more with electric guitar, a lot of more soulful tracks underneath things, acoustic guitar,” she continued. “It all kind of hits different places that I feel like is my lane for music. … I love everything that I get to do and be a part of, but specifically something that connects with people on an emotional level is my favorite. ”
A release date has not yet been announced.
Wednesday morning, the singer appeared on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” where she admitted to trying to elude her fame using disguises, though her plans don’t typically pan out.
“I’ve tried, and it just doesn’t really work, and then I feel like more of an idiot trying to not (be recognized),” she told hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Gomez said she’s “tried everything” including wigs, hats and more drastic measures.
“I thought I could be Gothic and no one would know, and then people just get freaked out,” she said.
And it’s not just her looks that get Gomez noticed.
“One time, I was in a line, and I was waiting, and this woman – I was just talking with my friend behind her – and she kind of just like looked and she was like, ‘Wait, that’s your voice,’ ” Gomez said. “She recognized me from my voice only, and I was like, ‘Oh, God.’ I just didn’t know if that was a compliment or not.”