Selena Gomez is one of the most popular singers in the world and had the most followers on Instagram at some point. She released three albums that sold over seven million copies, received a lot of awards and nominations. The pop singer also ventured in fashion as well as makeup lines and even produced the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. However, all the success she achieved did not spare her from controversies. Here are some of the most controversial moments that hit Selena Gomez.
Bindi Cultural Appropriation
During the 2013 MTV Music Awards, Selena Gomez wore a fashionable bindi while performing "Come and Get It." The bindi is considered a sacred symbol in Hinduism, and many believed that the pop artist lacked understanding about the symbol. Some Hindi leaders even demanded an apology from the pop star for making use of the symbol. Gomez responded by complimenting the culture: "I think the song has that Hindu, tribal feel, and I wanted to translate that. I've been learning about my chakra and bindi and the culture - it's beautiful."
She's Really Ugly
The fashion social media page posted a picture of Selena Gomez in five red dresses. The controversy blew up when Italian designer Stefano Gabbana posted a comment in his language, which translates to "she's horrid!!!" Additionally, Gabbana agreed to one of the users saying, "she looks like a Pomeranian dog" by making a hysterical laugh comment. Fans defended the singer and called out the Dolce & Gabbana frontman for online bullying.
Miley Cyrus Feud
Both Disney Channel stars, Miley and Selena, were at each other's throat back in the days. It all started when Miley was dating pop singer Nick Jonas. When the two broke up, Nick started dating Selena. The pop star was even convinced that she would be marrying Nick. However, she acknowledged it that it was just a young lover's wishful thinking and over-excitement. 'Oh my gosh! I know I'm in love. I'm going to marry him,' she shared in an interview.
Black Lives Matter
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian was caught in a feud with Taylor Swift regarding some controversial song. Gomez tried to defend fellow pop star Taylor Swift by posting on Twitter: "There are more important things to talk about... Why can't people use their voice for something that f**king matters."
A fan responded to the tweet by asking what she has done for Black Lives Matter, a movement about Black victims of police brutality. But Gomez lashed back with "oh lol so that means if I hashtag something, I save lives? No- I could give two f**ks about 'sides.' You don't know what I do," which is now deleted. Because of that response, fans believed that Gomez is trivializing the issue.
Justin Bieber Sex Scandal
It is no secret that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were dating in a sporadic manner. What many found shocking was that the two enjoyed taping their intimate moments together, according to a source close to the couple. Whether these tapes exist or not, it certainly caught the attention of everyone.