After a two-year hiatus from the music scene, triple threat Selena Gomez returned to the spotlight last week, in a big way. She went from an appearance on The Ellen Show to a controversial performance at the MTV Movie Awards to kissing Justin Bieber in Norway.
Gomez, who is usually in the headlines for her on-again-off-again romance with Justin Bieber, recently stirred up controversy for her Come and Get It Bollywood-inspired performance at the MTV Movie Awards and Dancing with the Stars. No longer a Disney teen, a sexy and more confident Gomez debuted on stage. The Latina pop star wore a bindi on her forehead, and her new song has elements of Indian music. The bindi, a religious symbol, offended a Hindu group who demanded that Gomez apologize.
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance…it is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory,” said Rajan Zed, leader of the Universal Society of Hinduism in a statement to WENN. Gomez hasn’t addressed the controversy.
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To think she started out her career at seven years old, singing and acting on Barney and Friends. After playing a few supporting roles in Disney shows, Gomez landed the starring role as Alex Russo in the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place. She then started making movies and music. And the rest is history.
The 20-year-old Spring Breakers star also announced last week On Air with Ryan Seacrest, that she is going on a Stars Dance world tour. Gomez told Seacreast, “I’m excited. I’ve been dancing a lot and I just want to entertain people and I’m super stoked.” The 56-city tour kicks off on October 10, in Washington D.C. She adds that she plans to channel her favorite stars on stage, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.
Gomez seemed to already have channeled Spears at her MTV performance. Her moves were reminiscent of Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U at the 2001 VMA’s, which also stirred controversy, since her use of a live python enraged animal rights groups.
I’m just hoping Gomez doesn’t have a mental breakdown and shave off her hair like Britney did in 2007. This is where one hopes that her family values and principles are strong and she continues on the right path.
To add to Gomez’s eventful week, rumor has it that her on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber is back on. Over the weekend, she jetted to Norway to meet him, and accompanied him to a concert in Copenhagen. Sure sounds on to us!