At only 19, Gomez is mogul on the rise: a TV and music star, a fashion entrepreneur, and, as Justin Bieber’s better half, the envy of Beliebers everywhere.

Now, with a string of gritty indies on the horizon, she’s poised to become Hollywood’s newest It GirlOn Bieber renting out LA’s Staples Center for a private screening of Titanic:

“If I’ll share anything with you, it’s that he really is a hopeless romantic.

I had just mentioned it in the car – all I said is that I really want to see Titanic again, and then…”

On growing up poor:

“I can remember about seven times when our car got stuck on the highway because we’d run out of gas money.”

Still her mother, “saved up to take me to concerts. She took me to museums, aquariums, to teach me about the world, about what’s real.”

“Disney is a machine, so people automatically assume that you can’t work for the channel unless you act and sing and dance and sign up for all that.

That’s absolutely not true. I always did everything the way I wanted to do it.”
Photos by Carter Smith – styled by Joe Zee
Read the full interview in ELLE US July issue on newsstands June 19!