“We clicked instantly and, man, that was my girl,” Selena recently told WSJ. Magazine. The singer covers The Wall Street Journal Magazine's annual Talents and Legends issue.
In the accompanying interview, both Gomez and Swift open up about their special relationship, with Swift speaking to why she's so protective of her longtime pal.
"I knew from when I met her I would always have her back," Swift says. "In my life, I have the ability to forgive people who have hurt me. But I don’t know if I can forgive someone who hurts her."
Selena agreed they shared an instant connection.
"We both went through s**t at the same time," Gomez says of what brought them together. "She taught me a lot about how I should be treated at a young age."
The pair became besties when they were dating Jonas Brothers Nick and Joe Jonas respectively and remained friends after their breakups. And Swift has been there for Gomez as she’s struggled with her mental and physical health.
“There’s so much of my friendship with Taylor that people don’t know about because we don’t necessarily feel the need to post about everything we do,” Gomez said. “She has showed up for me in ways that I would have never expected. Flown in because I was hurt and was going through something. Stuff that was going on with my family. It’s been proven year after year and in every moment of my life that she is one of my best friends in the world. We don’t agree on everything, but we respect each other with everything.”
Their unwavering support for each other is mutual, which was made clear when Selena stood up for Taylor during her feud with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Label Group over the ownership of some of Swift’s master recordings.
“I meant what I said in my post,” Gomez said. “It’s hard to see someone you care about constantly being broken down. But, damn, that girl can get back up and do it better and do it more.”
“[Taylor] is exactly who she is,” Gomez explained. “She speaks up. I don’t know a lot of people that would. I would be scared. Terrified, in fact.”
Selena, of course, has shown her BFF her upcoming album “Rare,” of which Taylor says is something totally new for her friend.
“This is the first time I’ve heard her truly channel the details of her emotional experience,” Swift said. “I just thought, Wow, she’s finally allowing herself to let other people know things aren’t always OK. You can be vulnerable and lonely and independent and strong and brave and scared all at once.”
‘Rare’ will include collaborations with Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. One song, inspired by a text message Gomez sent to Tranter, is called “I Want a Boyfriend.”
“There was a lot of putting my music together for me, and I didn’t have much control,” Selena said of her past music.