On tour for her fifth studio album, her second where she's billed as a solo act, Gomez, at the age of 23, is no stranger to the spotlight. The former Disney actress starred on her own TV show as a teenager, is part of Taylor Swift's squad and made the gossip column rounds when dating her now ex, Justin Bieber. "I feel like I've grown up in front of you," she confessed onstage, and for the mostly teen audience that was true.
But cast the famous affiliations aside and Gomez is a talent on her own merit. Her voice is far from powerhouse, but it's flexible and she's made a string of hits across genres.
On albums, her singing is lithe, and her malleability is part of why she transitions effortlessly through a variety of styles, but it's also why her material sometimes lacks personality. Her tunes are catchy and she sounds good, if not always identifiable. And live, that issue also prevailed.
Taylor Swift’s not the only one who loves Tom Hiddleston! Following their PDA-filled evening at Selena Gomez’s concert, we discovered the ‘Good For You’ singer also thinks Tom’s a great guy! Find out why.
Taylor Swift, 26, and the new man in her life, Tom Hiddleston, 35, took the world by storm after their steamy makeout sesh in Rhode Island on June 15. And the “Blank Space” singer isn’t the only one feelin’ the actor’s vibe — her friend Selena Gomez, 23, is also reportedly “loving” Tom for Tay, as she is quite impressed by his gallantly ways! We’re spilling all the tea, here!
“Selena has met Tom and loves him. He is so nice, so fun and a real honest person and the ultimate gentleman,” a source close to the singer tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She likes how he treats Taylor and how he makes her feel, she signs off on him completely! He’s just a real genuine guy and Selena really enjoys seeing that.”
Gomez's nearly effortless look only requires minor tweaks before her show starts. Celeb hairstylist Marissa Marino tells Us Weekly that she starts with a spritz of Pantene Air Spray for hold (Gomez is a spokeswoman for the brand, after all) and adds a little more texture with a 3/4-inch curling iron. After, she'll run a wide-tooth comb through the wavy 'do to "separate strands so the style looks lived-in," she explains.
Between songs, the L.A.-based stylist only has a minute or less to touch up the "Kill Em With Kindness" singer's tresses. In fact, even the braid Gomez, 23, sports midconcert, is completed within that time frame.
Marino tells Us that in order to stay within the limit, she plaits the Disney alumna's long mane to the beat. Her hack to calm tricky baby hairs in seconds? Slicking them back with BB cream.
And Gomez's braid is more than just a simple three-strand style. "Throughout the tour we're going to try new things with my hair, like adding cool materials into the braid," Gomez tells Us Weekly of her mixed-medium 'do.
While the rest of her squad was splashing around a Rhode Island beach, Selena Gomez was playing hostess on the 4th of July.
With Gomez's tour taking her to Denver on July 2 and Phoenix on July 5, joining Taylor Swift for her annual Independence Day party just wasn't in the cards.
Instead, Gomez spent the day at a pool party, Instagramming a video of her walking through the festivities before jumping in herself, soundtracked to Drake's For Free. "Hostess vibes. Happy 4th everyone!" she wrote in the caption.
Here's a tidbit for any Selena Gomez trivia buffs out there, revealed at her Marcus Amphitheater show for Summerfest's opening night: The pop star didn't learn to snap until she was 13. "I was a late bloomer I guess," she told the crowd. The same can apply to her music career.
Gomez is only 23, and she's had plenty of success in the public eye since she was a 15-year-old actress on "Hannah Montana" with Miley Cyrus. But last fall's album "Revival" revealed a fully developed artistic identity, which was further validated Wednesday.
Gomez may not be a dynamic singer like Ariana Grande or into flashy costumes or set pieces like Lady Gaga, but she had something neither of those artists had at their most recent Milwaukee stops: A distinct show designed to play to her strengths.
And right now, Gomez's sound is all about sleekness, her voice at times a breathy whisper over musically cool, melodically hot electronic arrangements. That could have translated into a sleepy live show, but there were just enough subtle gestures — the sharp black décor, the dancers wearing glittery hockey goalie masks during "Same Old Love," the Bob Fosse-inspired choreography and get-ups during "Hands to Myself" — to give the show a crisp presentation.