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It’s absolutely no secret that late 2019 has been quite the time for Selena Gomez. After a hiatus that left her loyal fans thirsting for music, she finally gave it to them and introduced the rest of the world to her two recent singles, “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at Her Now.” It was very obvious to humans with ears that both songs were about her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber!
So that’s why when Selena decided to sing both songs live at the AMAs in November, everyone paid realllll close attention to how Selena was feeling that night…everyone including our body-language expert Blanca Cobb. Cobb gave us the rundown of what happened with Selena that night and provided us with some insider insight on what Selena’s movements in her performance meant. Grab a cup of tea, y’all!
Cobb can indeed confirm that singing “Lose You to Love Me” at the AMAs was a difficult task for Selena, especially after being away from the limelight for so long. “The lyrics were powerful, and I think they were personal to her,” Cobb explained. “When the video started, she had her hand, her left arm, in front of her stomach. When you do that, it’s really providing comfort for yourself. You’re blocking out other people or things that bother you, to protect you.”
If you look closely in the video, Selena begins to hold on to the microphone stand. While that doesn’t really seem like the biggest deal (she is a performer, after all), she did that small gesture as a way of emotionally stabilizing herself. “When you grab that microphone stand, it can be to steady yourself for support,” Cobb says. “Sure, it can be physical support, but I don’t think it was physical support for her. I think it was emotional support.”
In addition to gripping the microphone stand, Selena also closed her eyes a lot. Again, that seems totally normal for a singer to do, but given the nature of the lyrics (see: “in two months you replaced us”), Selena closed her eyes in an attempt to make the world fall away. “When you close your eyes, again, you’re shutting out the world,” Cobb revealed. “You can be feeling some emotion when you’re closing your eyes the way that she did and for as long [as she did]. There were several seconds, and she did that with some amount of frequency. I think that she was really feeling an emotion as she was singing. I would say she looked a little tense.”
But there was one unexpected emotion Selena felt during her AMAs performance—disgust. When Selena sang “I put you first and you adored it,” she wrinkled her nose. And according to Cobb, this was a HUGE tell-all. “That’s a sign of disgust. And then, when she sang the other line, ‘I needed to hate you to love me,’ when she said ‘needed to,’ that’s when you can see the nose crinkling just a little bit, and that would be another sign, although very, very subtle,” she said. Hmm…iiinteresting.
So there you have it—the reason Selena appeared to be off during her performance is because it was emotionally difficult to revisit her Justin Bieber feelings during “Lose You to Love Me.” Now, let’s move on, shall we?