by Cydney Contreras | Thu., Sep. 6, 2018 5:00 PM
Selena Gomez is opening up about her "selfish" desire to help those who are harmed by human trafficking.
The artist opened up about her opportunity to volunteer with the A21 organization at the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection launch. Since she began working with the non-profit in March, she has become a passionate and serious advocate for the cause.
"I think that it's easy for someone in my position to maybe be associated with an organization because they feel it would be great, they can contribute dollar-wise. None of that is wrong," she explained to E! News' Jason Kennedy. "I think for me, I've been wanting something that I felt like I could contribute most of my time to, because I love what I do, but I feel a little selfish sometimes and I have always said that."
Moreover, her fame allows her to "actually share what this subject is," even though "it's something people don't want to discuss."
The 26-year-old revealed that human trafficking is something "very, very serious" to her and even her friends. "I take it extremely serious and my friends are heavily involved with me because it's not something happening a million miles away. It's actually happening here," Gomez emphasized.
Learning about how close to home the issue is has made the star feel "honored" to be a part of the cause. The singer shared, "I would love to do everything I can, along with one of my heroes Christine, to just be a part of it and learn."
And Selena put her words into action recently, when she joined the group on a trip abroad to meet victims of human trafficking. In a recent Instagram post, the star shared photos of her time volunteering.
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Alright. Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been. The purpose of my interview was three fold. My work with A21, my new collection with Coach, and some new music. As I’m aware there will always be interests in one’s personal life because that’s the pace of our ‘social’ generation. I’m grateful for my position and I will always find ways to make my job more about others and giving back— all while having the best time with my music, fashion, film and my love for learning about the world that I’m eager to tap into more and more. Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone. I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon 😊 I love you guys to the moon and back. For more information on the work I do with A21 please, please visit link in my bio. So much more on that soon!
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When Jason asked her about one of these moments, Selena teared up because she said, "I want them to be seen, you know, so I want to be able to communicate that to them that they are beautiful and I will do everything I can to get their story out."
These emotional experiences have inspired her new music, which she hopes to share very soon.
Fans need not worry though, she assured, "I've wanted to take my time and be intentional with it. I am very proud of it. I think it's gonna be exciting."
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