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07/09/2013 09:23 am ET Updated Jul 11, 2013

Selena Gomez: Justin Bieber Is Off-Limits

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Selena Gomez and her publicists just want to make sure you don't ask about Justin Bieber or have any fun while interviewing her. At a May press conference in the Yorkville Hazelton Hotel, a reporter for the Toronto Star hoping to speak to the former Disney princess was seemingly pushed and shoved through security checks with a level of sterility that rivaled TSA proceedings. The warnings came via email and text the day of and night before: “Just want to stress again how important it is to not ask any Bieber questions or anything even relating to relationships. It’s all about the music today."

The music was also on some version of a lockdown. All reporters had their cellphones confiscated for their preview of Selena's new 11-track album, and though security kindly allowed him to hold on to his pen, Star writer Vinay Menon was not even allowed to take notes during his preview of the CD, which is apparently guarded as though it is "actually the Mona Lisa on a touring exhibition in a city prone to solar flares and exploding water pipes." Eek.

When he was finally able to speak to Selena, she was even more (emotionally) guarded than her new music. The 10 minutes of answers she allowed Menon did not get much more juicy than “As a performer, I just love to make people smile. I just love to make people move and dance. There’s not really much more to it.”

Turns out, as Vulture puts it, the pop star is just as self-protecting as celebrities like Lady Gaga and the president of the United States. To prove that she is not simply a pint-size robot (Menon describes her as "so shockingly petite, it almost seems like someone shrunk her down with a space gun"), Selena let her hair down, and spent the night in West Hollywood, dancing to...her own music.

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