Selena Gomez refused to answer questions on her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber at a press conference in Dubai.
Gomez confirmed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on E! back in July that she and Bieber were no longer an item.
The couple had had a much-publicised on/off relationship since 2010, when Gomez was aged 18.
And reports over the last few days suggest that the pair are no longer even speaking to each other.
In a stage-managed press conference at Dubai hotel Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Thursday to promote Dubai Music Week, all questions related to Bieber were rejected.
Gomez performed at Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday night.
Questions the American singer would happily answer - in an interview session lasting just three minutes - included her thoughts on the UAE, her transition to international music star and what people can expect from her gig in Dubai.
“I might not want to go home,” she said of her first visit to the UAE.
“You get to wake up and see the beach and get good food and go for a walk.”
Gomez, who celebrated her 21st birthday in July, has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of seven – mostly in ‘tween’ TV shows and movies.
Her solo debut album ‘Stars Dance’, featuring the lead single ‘Come and Get It’, was released in July.
Gomez admitted she “didn’t know” about her transition to becoming an international music star.
“I genuinely appreciate the path that I’ve taken but I understand that I’m just a little kid and I’m still trying to figure out where my place is,” she said.
“It’s been good to experience and have (people) who tell me what to do and not to do.
“I think it’s part of growing up.”
Asked about the pressures of being the youngest and biggest international star, Gomez replied: “Well I’m definitely not the biggest!
“It’s so awkward because I’ve travelled with my family and I’ve done what I do for a while.
“I don’t do anything different from what other people do.
“I just know that I have a platform and a voice.”
Gomez, who just finished the European leg of her world tour, declared being nominated for the best female singer at the MTV Europe Music Awards as “so sweet".
Of her Dubai performance, the American singer said she wanted the crowd to be “exhausted from dancing".
“We go on stage and I’m full out and that’s the moment where I am who I am.
“When I have that audience and feed off the crowd.
“My following is from five years old to people in their 30s - so it’s the funnest group of people.”
There were strong rumours Gomez was set to visit Dubai earlier this year in May - when Bieber, 19, performed two gigs blighted by a string of controversies in the emirate.
The Texas-born singer had flown to visit him during their on/off relationship in Oslo, Norway while he was on tour just weeks before.
By Duncan Hare
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