After some small talk about the over-the-top Christmas spirit in the U.K. and Gomez heading home for the holidays, Grimshaw got right to business and asked about the singer’s next steps in the upcoming year.
The pop sensation posted an Instagram photo Sunday of herself singing into a studio mic with the caption, “Currently. Until next year. Here’s where I’ll be.”
Fans immediately buzzed with excitement, and Grimshaw wanted to know the details. The radio personality mentioned Gomez’s heartfelt speech during the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Awards, in which she mentioned making “an epic album next year.”
When he asked if that might be true, the “Wolves” singer responded, “There is no ‘might.’ There is an album.
“I think it’s fair to say that people know the year I’ve had. I pour my heart into my music. It wasn't really about charts for me or numbers. It was about what I could creatively do for my music,” she said.
“I can successfully say that my inspiration for this next album is in full motion and it will be very soon."
After a nearly 20-year career (“Am I too old?” Gomez asked jokingly), the superstar said she feels like she is finally able to dive into the music she cares about and, most importantly, able to do so while being healthy.
“It’s exciting to be in a place where I love surprising people and creating new areas of music I can explore. I was taking some time off for my health, which was good, but now I’ll be back!” she said.
She’s also not ready to quit anytime soon: “You know what's crazy? A lot of times I don’t even feel like I’ve started. I’ve done it for so long but there was a period of time -- your 20s and growing up is always so messy. There’s always more people I haven’t connected with before.”
Listen to the full interview below, which starts around the 1 hour 40 minute mark.
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