From the sultry lyrics on "Come & Get It," to the sensual look for her new video to her red-hot performance on the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Selena Gomez has seemingly made the transition from squeaky clean teen to grown-up diva.
She's not the first Disney star to grow up and mature in front of the spotlight: To help her navigate through this new chapter in her career, she's getting a little inspiration from none other than Britney Spears.
Gomez has made it no secret that she's a huge fan of Britney, crediting her as an inspiration behind her upcoming Stars Dance World Tour and last month's Movie Awards performance, claiming that "I'm a Slave 4 U" was her favorite performance of any awards show.
Fortunately for the singer, the feeling seems to be mutual. Following Selena's performance, Spears tweeted, "Wow @SelenaGomez ... 'Come & Get It' on the #mtvmovieawards was incredible! One of my favorite songs out there right now!" she wrote. "And thank you for all of the kind words about the VMA Slave performance ... you're too sweet! Means a lot to me."
During "MTV First," Gomez opened up about what it was like to realize that one of her idols was also a fan of her work.
"It was actually the second time that she tweeted me ... I died the first time," Gomez said. "I didn't believe it at first, but it was really sweet, because even with the inspirations through the outfits and the performances, she's a huge inspiration when it comes to performing."
The singers' ties don't stop there: Gomez, who said she would be "terrified" to talk to Spears, is now gaining comparisons to the pop star. At nearly 20 years old, Spears released her jaw-dropping video for "I'm a Slave 4 U," shedding her good-girl image for a more sexy look, which, also at the age of 20, is exactly what Gomez is doing with "Come & Get It."
"I think she's one of the best that made that transition," Gomez said. "That video ["Slave 4 U"] is so hot, it's incredible, so I love that, and I definitely wanted to do that with my transition, but I don't think there's a path you have to follow. I think you just have to figure it out and hope for the best, so if it has a similarity, that's only a compliment."
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