It's hard to tell if Selena Gomez is back together with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, but based on her cover interview for Seventeen magazine's March 2014 issue, he's not the one for her. According to Selena, she hasn't found someone who can understand her lifestyle and not be threatened; in fact, she admits, "I might scare some guys." But that doesn't mean she's going to stop doing what she loves. In the interview, she reveals that she felt most powerful this year, breaking out of her "underdog" Disney status and finding the right people to surround herself with — especially close pals Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Keep reading for more from Selena's cover story, then pick up an issue for yourself on newsstands Feb. 4.
- On guys being threatened by her: "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 how 2013 was a big milestone: "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 that feud with 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 surrounding herself 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."