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27 March 2014, 11:49 | Updated: 27 March 2014, 12:03
The US star says she had "lost sight" of herself until recently.
Selena Gomez gave an emotional speech at a charity event this week where she referenced her recent stay in rehab as well as the pressures she has faced in recent times.
The 'Come & Get It' singer urged fans to "stay true" to themselves, while admitted she struggled to cope with the pressure to "be sexy" and "be cute" from those around her.
"I'm surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me and some of them have and some haven't," Selena explained in her speech at the We Day event in California. "They pressure me, there's so much pressure.
"You've got to be sexy, you've got to be cute, you've got to be nice," she explains. "They tell me what to wear, how to look, what I should say and how I should be.
"Until recently I had given in to that pressure, I lost sight of who I was," Selena explained. "I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought that others would accept me of it.
"Please just be kind to each other and love and inspire people, let's do it, let's change the game.
"I'd be lying if I said I'd never tried to make myself better by giving in but I've learned from my actions, I've learned from my mistakes," she added. "You are who you surround yourself with."
Selena Gomez was one of several motivational speakers at the We Day event this week in the US.