Selena Gomez has admitted that she was “insecure” and “easily influenced” in her past relationships, but is finally in a “strong headspace”.

The US actress and pop star, 25, described current boyfriend The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – as her “best friend”, in a new interview.

“I don’t depend on one area of my life to make me happy. It’s really important for me to love and nourish my friends and family and to make sure that I never get influenced by a guy,” she told InStyle magazine.

“I’ve wanted to be in a strong headspace for years, and I really wasn’t. Before, I was so young and easily influenced, and I’d feel insecure.”

Gomez added: “You want someone to add to your life, not to complete you, if that makes sense. I’m lucky because he’s more of a best friend than anything else.”

They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Met Gala back in May after months of speculation that they had been dating.

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