Selena Gomez

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It's not always glitz and glam for Selena Gomez, in fact, sometimes the 22-year-old is overwhelmed by all of her success.

But the brunette beauty doesn't let that stop her from achieving her dreams, or being thankful for her roots.

During a recent interview with beauty blog Into the Gloss, the "Come & Get It" singer shared why starring in her hit Disney show as a teen was crucial to her upbringing.

"I was on Wizards of Waverly Place from when I was 14 until I was 18 or 19 and I thank God for that show—it gave me a legitimate family. The whole cast and crew were all there before anything started, they saw me at my best and at my worst, and could call me out on my s--t," she explained.

"I'm proud of [that show]. Sure, it put me in that box of being a Disney kid, but I wouldn't change that for the world."

She also shared how this year has been a growing period—what with her two-week stint in rehab in January and her highly publicized on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber—but she's learning how to handle the recent events in her life.

Selena Gomez

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"It's been such a transitional year for me—I moved out of my parents' house this year and into my own place. Sometimes, I'll be honest, I don't handle all of this as well as people think, so it's been important to really figure out what makes me feel grounded."

But one thing's for certain: "The older I get, the prouder I am to be a woman in this industry."

Gomez continued, "When I was younger and running around all the time on tour, I don't think I took the time to notice how being a woman in my position is really a gift. I want to make sure I utilize all that power…All the stuff that I've been living [has] been beautiful and awkward and authentic."

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