Published: 10:34, May 20, 2024 | Updated: 15:28, May 20, 2024
Selena Gomez relieved focus on Cannes entry 'Emilia Perez,' not personal life
By Reuters
(From left) Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Karla Sofia Gascon pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Emilia Perez' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 19, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

CANNES, France - Selena Gomez said that she was relieved focus had shifted to her role in the new Mexican cartel musical Emilia Perez rather than her personal life, the singer told Reuters on Sunday.

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"It's a relief. I'd rather somebody say I did a terrible job than talk about my personal life. So, I feel very proud," Gomez said at the Cannes Film Festival a day after the premiere of the film, which received a standing ovation for nine minutes.

(From left) Selena Gomez, Edgar Ramirez, Zoe Saldana, director Jacques Audiard, Karla Sofia Gascon, and Adriana Paz pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Emilia Perez' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 19, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

The film directed by Jacques Audiard about a Mexican drug lord who transitions from male to female and starts a nonprofit dedicated to finding the bodies of disappeared people, is in the running for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or

The former Disney star added that she made up just a small part of the "incredible masterpiece" that is Emilia Perez, which also stars Zoe Saldana and Karla Sofia Gascon.

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The film directed by Jacques Audiard about a Mexican drug lord who transitions from male to female and starts a nonprofit dedicated to finding the bodies of disappeared people, is in the running for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.

Gomez, who also co-stars with Steve Martin and Martin Short in the Hulu streaming series Only Murders in the Building, is the most-followed woman on Instagram with 428 million followers.

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Such a large following puts her life under intense public scrutiny and generates headlines that speculate about her personal relationships as well as mental and physical health.

(From left) Selena Gomez, Edgar Ramirez, director Jacques Audiard and Zoe Saldana pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Emilia Perez' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 18, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

The singer who has posted candidly about having lupus and bipolar disorder told broadcaster NBC's Today show this month that she has decided to limit comments on her account to only friends as a way to set boundaries.