Selena Gomez has said she is “not sure” how to respond to criticism directed at her over her decision to work with Woody Allen.
The 82-year-old director is still the subject of controversy after he married his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, and allegations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan in the ’90s. Allen has denied the claims and has never been charged by the police in relation to them.
Gomez is currently working with Allen on his upcoming movie Rainy Day In New York, alongside Elle Fanning, Jude Law, and Timothée Chalamet. Speaking to Billboard, she said: “To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer – not because I’m trying to back away from it. [The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it.
“And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.'”
Asked if she felt inspired, disheartened or hopeful in the wake of so many sexual abuse allegations being made public, she responded: “I feel all of those things. I’ve cried. But I definitely feel hopeful. As people speak out, I hope that feels powerful to them, because they deserve to feel that.
“I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through,” she continued. “I’ve known people in my family who’ve gone through those things. I try to let people come to me and open up, to make a safe environment for them to do so.”
Recently, Gomez also discussed breaking up with The Weeknd and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. “I’m 25,” she said. “I’m not 18, or 19, or 20. I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn’t right. But that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away.”