For our January issue team InStyle headed to LA to capture Selena Gomez in spring/summer 2016's hottest looks. The theme? A pared-down slightly earthier look. According to Fashion Director Arabella Greenhill who styled her for the shoot it was a kind of 'indie-film starlet on a road trip' chic. The setting? A motel in downtown LA that charges by the hour. We know, sometimes we really do know how to spoil an A-lister! Here's a sneak peek at what we learned when we caught up with Gomez post-shoot...

On growing up with a single mom...

'We used to run out of gas on the highway. I still can't wrap my head around what she did for me,' Gomez says of the time before she landed her breakout starring role, on the Disney Channel show Wizards Of Waverly Place, when she was 15. They moved to LA, but Teefey (Selena's mother) had one condition. 'She always said, "If you're not having fun, we're going home", ' explains Gomez who still returns to her childhood house in Grand Prairie to visit family when she needs a reality check ('I have to share a bathroom with seven people!'). 

 

 

 

On being quizzed about dating Justin Bieber...

'It's really hard because I'm a nice person. I'm just tired of talking about it. I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.' 

 

On hanging out with Taylor Swift...

'People have this fantasy that we're in our underwear, having pillow fights. We just play good music - sometimes live - and eat, and hang out.' She say she also counsels Swift in 'the boy departmnt', while her best friend sets her straight on regrets. 'I'll be like, "I think I totally screwed up", but Taylor says, "Actutally, you didn't" and shows me how to make my mistakes into something great.' 

 

 

On those Zayn Malik rumours and dating...

'If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,' she says with a sly smile. Right now, Gomez is dating - reluctantly. 'I hate it, ' she asmites with a wince. 'It's hard and I'm weirded out by the idea that a guy has googled me before we meet, and that has happened.' She also adds: 'I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys.' 

On choosing to pose nude for the cover of Revivial after the online criticism about her body image...

'It hurt my feelings because I never experienced that before, but I didn't want [that] to be the story, so i said, "I don't care what you think!" This newfound bravado has carried over into her personal style too. 'I'm learning that you can be comfortable and still look beautiful. Does she look in the mirror and see herself as beautiful? 'Some days, I like what I see. Other days I'm like, "I'm not even going to bother".' 

 

The January issue of InStyle is on-sale Thursday the 3rd of December. 

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