Selena Gomez does not regret her roller coaster of a romance with Justin Bieber.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything bad by falling in love,” the 23-year-old songstress told the UK’s Sunday Times. “There’s such an emphasis on people being the perfect thing and then destroying them because it’s good press. Throw in the fact that you’re a teenager — it makes it more difficult.”

The duo, who dated on-and-off until last year, became a tabloid fixture, and as Gomez noted, the constant attention made it tricky for the public to see the two as individuals.

“It’s difficult for people to separate us,” she said. “The Internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it.”

Though her relationship with Bieber, 21, is now a thing of the past, it was during their courtship when Gomez decided to take off her purity ring, which she began wearing at 13.

“I’m not embarrassed to say that,” Gomez shared. “I’m also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn’t for everyone.”

Nearly a year Bieber-free, the single pop star is ready to fall in love again.

“The next relationship will be something dear to me. There is no way I will ever hide my life.”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.