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Selena Gomez addressed the crowd about the bumps in the road that she’s experienced in recent months, which includes a rehab stint, on Wednesday at the inaugural "We Day" California event at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
She tried to inspire her fans in the crowd to be who they are and never change for anyone, admitting she tried to change due to “so much pressure” from those around her.
Gomez, 21, talked about a casting director telling her she wasn’t “strong enough to carry my own show” but two years later she ended up landing one.
“I'm sure all of you have been told you don't have what it takes and you're not good enough ... but deep down... you want to make something great. It does more than knock the wind out of you. It crushes you,” she said, USA Today reports.
Gomez, who recently reunited with Justin Bieber, said now that she’s a successful pop star and actress “I'm surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me, and some of them have and others haven't.”
“They pressure me: There's so much pressure. You gotta be sexy, you gotta be cute, you gotta be nice, you gotta be all these things,” she said, adding they tell her “what to wear, how to look, what I should say, how I should be.”
She revealed she recently stopped the charade and gave in, and in the process “I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought others would accept me for it. And I realized I don't know how to be anything but myself."
She urged, “Let’s change the game!”
Last month, Gomez's rep confirmed she had checked into rehab in January "but not for substance abuse."