Selena Gomez Tells E!: "I Wanted A Family So Bad"

Selena Gomez is no longer a girl, but she’s not yet a woman. The 18-year-old Mexican actress-singer — who recently taped her last episode of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place — is leaving Disney behind to work on her music (her third album, When the Sun Goes Down, drops on June 28th), and take on starring roles on the big screen, like the lead in the buddy comedy, Monte Carlo, which hits theaters on July 1st.

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Gomez is sitting down with E! to talk about her journey from Disney princess to international star for the E! Entertainment Special: Selena Gomez, which will premiere on June 29th at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The special will delve deep into Selena's career as an actress and singer as well as explore her personal life from her very early years to her current relationship with fellow teen superstar, Justin Bieber. Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefy, her step-father and several others close to Selenita will also be interviewed as part of the revealing feature.

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In the special, Selena opens up about her parent’s divorce and the toll it took on her as a young girl. “I wanted a family so bad,” she says. “I wanted to have my dad and my mom together.” Selena’s mom Mandy agrees the divorce was hard on Selena. “It was very hard for her. And, she didn’t understand. It was like destroying her family. All we could do is just say, ‘I’m sorry, but you will understand one day,’ she said.

Selena’s cousin Priscilla De Leon was also interviewed for the special and revealed that Selena was bullied by other girls at school growing up. “We had some really mean girls in our school and they would just be like ‘oh she’s on Barney, she’s a big baby’ and just tease her,” said De Leon. 

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Selena, who has a clean-cut image and millions of young fans who look up to her says in the special that she never planned on becoming a role model. “But then when it happened I was so down for it. Once I realized that I’d have a little girl come to [me] and say she wants to be just like [me]. It [is] beautiful and I accept it. I’m human, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I’m already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids.”

Gomez also tells E! that Hollywood is a very superficial industry. “I sit in a chair for two hours and get hair and makeup done and talk about [myself] in interviews. That’s a very vain thing to do,” she xplains. And I do get caught up in it sometimes. I do.”