News & Opinion | November 30, 2017 1:39 pm

Selena Gomez is Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’

The star talks about her surgery, scars and forthcoming music.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez performs at Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 11, 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. (Barry Brecheisen/FilmMagic)

Pop star Selena Gomez has had a hell of a year. Professionally, she’s released four new songs, raked in tens of millions in music video views online and maintained her status as the most followed person on Instagram in the world. But she’s also had an intensely difficult year, as she struggled with the autoimmune disease lupus, a complex kidney surgery and deciding who she is going to keep — and cut out — of her life.