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January 19, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
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“I’m having fun. At the end of the day, love is such a normal thing, and everyone deals with it. Just because it’s a different lifestyle doesn’t change the meaning of what I’ve been raised on, which is fairytales,” comments Nylon cover girl, Selena Gomez, when asked about her love life. But as we all know, Selena’s love life took a turn for the tumultuous in the weeks since the interview took place, putting Selena in the highly awkward (and publicized) position of the girl who broke Bieber’s heart… or at least his ego.

But who needs Justin? The first thing Selena should do is relish in having the first letter of her name re-appropriated to S, because honestly, her couple name, “Jelena” sounded more like a Mexican soda or a type of skin infection, than anything else. Step Number 2? Land on her feet. But we already knew she was going to do that. Maybe it’s her killer ability to pull off great cat-eyes, or maybe it’s just her straight up ferocity, but when it comes to the intricacies of celeb social graces, this girl’s got cat-like reflexes. Here are 5 reasons she’ll be just fine… no, not fine… fantastic.

1.) She Can Take The High Road. Gomez’s post-Golden Globes actions made gossip blog headlines almost more than the actual ceremony did. And while most were mere speculation (Was she drunk? Was she hooking up with Josh Hutcherson?), it’s impossible to refute the pictures of her chatting it up with past rival, Barbara Palvin. It took years for Taylor Swift to be in the same room as Joe Jonas again, and there’s no chance in hell you’ll see her around Camilla Belle in the next 20 years. It may have just been a candid photo-op, but Gomez’s apparent actions demonstrate maturity and clemency far beyond her years (and her peers for that matter).

2.) Spring Breakers.  Let’s face it, since Selena exited the Disney ride to adolescent fame, she’s kind of just been famous for being Justin’s girlfriend. Sure, she made Monte Carlo… but who actually saw it? And she had her music, but that was still a remnant of her Disney darling days. She needed a breakout moment. Miley bleached the eff out of her hair and became a part-time punk-rocker, Demi opened up about her personal struggles and released a career-defining album. So what’s Selena going to do? Strip down, shoot up, and set the records straight in the upcoming Spring Breakers. Let’s hope Mickey’s ears are big enough to cover his eyes, because this movie is going to be scan-dal-ous. Can’t wait.

3.) Hollywood Is Her Garden. Right now, everything Selena touches is gold. She’s a hot ticket, even hotter because of her recently instated singledom. Naturally, this leads to an onslaught of new boyfriend rumors if she even so much as shakes a male’s hand. Josh Hutcherson, this new Luke fellow… it’s all rumors. Ain’t no girl going to jump from a two year relationship to a new boyfriend in a matter of days. This isn’t Kim Kardashian we’re talking about, here. But by the end of the year? It’s certain Selena will bounce back with an even hotter boy-toy than before (being purely editorial here – practically everyone’s hotter than Justin Bieber.) Her Spring Breakers costar Ashley Benson bagged A-lister James Franco on the set of the movie, so I’d say (in the most out-of-place Hunger Games reference ever) the odds are most definitely in her favor.

4.) She’s Got Friends in All the Right Places. Namely – Taylor Swift. Contrary to popular post-Haylor opinion, Taylor Swift is A) not a slut, and B) doesn’t write all her songs about her love life, exclusively. Remember “Say Yes?” That was an ode to Paramore’s, Hayley William’s, past love. So the Bieb’s better watch his back, or a song on her new album (she’s recording right now!) could be dedicated to his debauchery exclusively. When describing the nature of her and Taylor’s friendship to Nylon, Gomez said, “She just became the person I’d go to for an issue with my family or boyfriend. It’s so hard to trust girls, so I’m lucky to have her.” Lucky, indeed.

5.) She’ll Finally Turn 21 This Year. July 22nd. Mark that date, haters. As of the 22nd day of the 7th month of this fine year, no one can complain about her supposed tipsiness anymore. Bieber’s pot habit? Now that’s another story…

So, will 2013 be the year of Selena, or will 2013 be the year of Selena? How do you think she’ll reestablish herself in the wake of her recent breakup? Any suggestions for the title of that soon-to-be Taylor Swift song?

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