Selena Gomez: Justin Bieber and I tried to be 'as normal as possible'
When asked if the attention was doubled when she was part of that couple, Gomez says, "It was, but that's not a factor for me because unfortunately you can't control that."
And she adds that her relationship was mostly pretty normal.
"To me, love is normal. Of course, you see Jay and Beyoncé and you're like, 'Oh, my gosh, they're perfect for each other,' but at the end of the day their love is just like everybody else's love. They have problems, I'm sure, and they solve them, like anybody else," says Gomez.
"So to make it as normal as possible -- in such an abnormal lifestyle -- was super important to both of us. Which was great. That's how it should be."
Her relationship with Bieber coming to an end has not soured her on love, either.
"I believe in love -- yes, I'm one of those girls. Most of my friends believe in love. I went out with Katy Perry last night. She's so fun and awesome, but it's cool to see someone older believe in love too. She is all about it, and that's how I will always be. I believe in stories like, 'Oh, I met him in Starbucks,'" says Gomez.
"It's hard for me to tell myself to trust people and be open, because I don't," she adds. "That's one of the negative things about this industry, that makes you very scared of everybody and their motives. It's sad, but that's how you have to protect yourself."
Read the full interview at Harper's Bazaar's website.