Selena Gomez Discusses Leaving “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Loving Bieber in June/July Teen Vogue

teen_vogue_magazine_subscription_june-july2011.jpgAfter six months of hiding her relationship with teen heartthrob Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez is ready to admit she’s in love. The “Wizards of Waverly Place” star is talking with Teen Vogue about love, heartbreak, and life after a “Disney high.”

Walking away from a successful Disney sitcom is bittersweet. She tells the magazine, “It’s like starting over. I was trying to explain it to one of my friends, and he was like, ‘You’ll be fine. People believe in you.’ ”

Still, Gomez is realistic about the immediate future of her career. “When they’re putting together a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, I don’t think they’re going to go, ‘Selena Gomez would be great for this!’ I’m not an option,” she says. “It’s humbling, having to go from this Disney high back down to having to fight for roles.”

One thing she doesn’t have to fight for is the love of one Justin Bieber. She confides, “At this moment in my life, I’m at a point where I want to be in love, to give my all and fall head over heels.”

But teens around the world need not worry (or send death threats via Twitter). Gomez is quick to add, “I’m 18. I’m not going to marry anybody I’m with, and I know that.” So, Bieber is technically still up for grabs.

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