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Selena Gomez Says She Was "Violated" When Paparazzi Photographed Her In A Bikini Aged 16

She recalled one incident in which she was photographed on the beach aged just "15 or 16".

Selena Gomez has been in the public eye for a decade now. However, not all of her experience of fame has been positive.

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Selena has revealed that she has mainly negative memories from her time on the Disney Channel, where she starred in Wizards of Waverly Place.

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Speaking to Business of Fashion, she said:

When I was younger, [work] was all fun to me. When I did state fairs and 100 people would show up, I would be stoked...But when I got older, I started to become exposed to the truth behind some stuff and that's when it flipped a little bit. I realised that, "Oh, this is actually really hard and kind of slimy in certain areas." I didn't realise that certain people wanted certain things from me. My confidence went through a lot with that.

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She went on to recall a specific incident where she was photographed in a bikini on the beach at age "15 or 16" – an experience that left her feeling "violated".

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Selena said:

I remember feeling really violated when I was younger, even just being on the beach. I was maybe 15 or 16 and photographers were taking pictures. I felt very violated and I didn't like or understand it, and that felt very weird because I was a young girl and they were grown men. I didn't like that feeling. Then, I would say the last season of my show, I was probably 18 years old, is when I felt like the flip happened. I didn’t feel like it was about my art as much.

The experiences made her take a step back and take some time out to recalibrate. Doing so made Selena realise she wanted to continue as a performer, as long as she was "happy and healthy" in her mind.

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And things have worked out pretty well since then, with Selena releasing three albums and 10 singles and becoming the most followed person in the world on Instagram.

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Not too shabby.

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A spokesperson from the Disney Channel has been contacted for comment.

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