Selena Gomez poses topless, opens up on rocky romance with Justin Bieber

Inez & Vinoodh for V Magazine 94

 (Inez & Vinoodh for V Magazine 94)

Selena Gomez is all grown-up.

The still baby-faced former Disney star, now 22, recently stripped down in her raciest photoshoot yet. Going topless and rocking a pair of denim Daisy Dukes on the cover of V magazine, this is definitely Selena like you've never seen her before.

The "Come & Get It" singer opens up about feeling depressed in the accompanying interview, getting candid with James Franco, her former Spring Breakers co-star.

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"There were a few months where I was a little depressed, where I wouldn't leave [my home] as much," Gomez reveals. "I think I drove myself crazy for a little bit. It was just easier to say, 'Hey, do you mind running to the grocery store and picking some stuff up? I don't want to get photographed.'"

Presumably, a lot of her anxiety about being in the public eye stemmed from her highly publicized on-again/off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. Even though Selena doesn't refer to him by name, she does talk about her "first love."

"I think the next time [I have a boyfriend] will be much different ... which will definitely not be anytime soon," she shares. "That's a growing up kind of thing. I was 18 years old, and it was my first love. The older I get, I'm guarding certain things more."

"When you're young and you're being told so many different things ... it almost felt like all we had was each other, like the world was against us, in a way," Selena explains about the two’s relationship. "It was really weird but it was incredible."

But she doesn't regret a thing.


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"I would never take it back in a million years. You live and you learn, you know?" she reflects.

The ordeal also gave her some much-needed life experience.

"I'm super stoked that I've got some bumps on me, some scars, some bruises," Selena says. "I actually really love that. And I don't mean that in a morbid way."

And with some new music coming out with rumored boyfriend Zedd, and a new role in Franco's upcoming film In Dubious Battle based off of the John Steinbeck novel, Selena is definitely looking forward to a new chapter in her life.

"I think this year is going to be incredible," she says optimistically. "I feel the best I've ever felt in my life."