Look at her now: Gomez finds her lost self in her new songs


Jessica Joachim

Pop singer Selena Gomez released her newest song Lose You to Love Me on October 23, followed by Look at Her Now the next day. The songs spoke of empowerment and female strength, with supposed references to Gomez’s previous relationship with Justin Bieber. While Lose You to Love Me enticed fans, Look at Her Now featured a bland and chaotic chorus.

Jessica Joachim, News Editor

Throughout her career, Selena Gomez has worked in multiple entertainment industry roles: actress, singer and director. Gomez served as an executive producer on the Netflix series Living Undocumented; citing the experience in an Instagram post as humbling, she emphasized the complex immigration issue and how it affects communities who call this country home. 

After her appearance on multiple Disney shows and movies, Selena Gomez continued her pop music career. Gomez recently surprised fans with two released singles in the span of two days. Her first song since her latest release earlier this year, Lose You to Love Me, released on October 23, while the follow-up, Look at Her Now, came out the day after.

Gomez’s first song made headlines, with listeners believing the singer alluded to her previous relationship with Justin Bieber in the song. Bieber recently tied the knot with his girlfriend of almost three months, Hailey Baldwin; their messy breakup played a key role in Bieber’s decision to not invite Gomez to the wedding. Her lyrics fueled speculation of the supposed jealousy:

 “In two months, you replaced us. 

Like it was easy. 

Made me think I deserved it. 

In the thick of healing” 

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s public relationship came to an end in March 2018. Beiber, unlike Gomez,  quickly rebounded in June 2018, less than three months since their breakup, and began dating Hailey Baldwin, which resulted in their engagement a month later,” Genius contributors said.

Look At Her Now featured a message of female empowerment and strength in overcoming life’s obstacles.

Of course she was sad

But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet (Mm)

Took a few years to soak up the tears

But look at her now, watch her go”

Gomez speaks of her past as she overcame her struggles.

“‘Selena knows she’s better off without Justin, and that it’s the healthiest decision for her,’ a source said. ‘She is open to dating, but right now she is solely focused on herself and enjoying life to the best of her ability, and getting back to being the Selena that she and all of her close ones knew prior to dating Justin,’” Elle News and Strategy editor Alyssa Bailey said.

While the lyrics of Look at her now caught the attention of fans, the actual tune and beat of the song came off as catchy but generic and overdone. The song lacks a unique style, seeming more like something that would play over a deserted shopping mall intercom. Lose you to love me entertained fans, gaining her over 40 million listens on Spotify. While Selena’s recent contribution to the pop genre may not suit all listeners, fans still highly anticipate her third album.

Chant’s Grade: B-