There were so many stars out and about on the red carpet for the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, but one singer was noticeably absent. Where is Selena Gomez during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards? While she have performed with BFF Taylor Swift at the Rose Bowl on Saturday per E! News, for the most part Gomez has been keeping a low profile lately and letting her work do the talking for her.
Gomez has been promoting the second season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, and even contributed a brand new song to the show's soundtrack. "Back to You," a guitar-driven can't-stay-away love song, is the first new music fans have heard from Gomez in 2018. The show's music supervisor Season Kent told Billboard in an interview published May 14 that Gomez's contribution was perfect for the plot of Season 2. "It timed out well and it's a bit of a different sound for her and it's a love song and it really works lyrically so well for the storyline between two characters," she told the publication. "It's a great fit."
While there is no official word on a release date, Gomez has been hard at work on her new album. However, she told Billboard in an interview published May 10 that she's taking her time.
"There's no date, there's no idea for it, but I have a lot of music that I've collectively put away," Gomez told the publication. "I have so many exciting things coming. It just feels like it's my time and it's at my pace. I'm not trying to throw a bunch of music in people's faces until I'm ready."
She also said it was nerve-wracking to try and follow up her 2015 album Revival. "This has been building for maybe two years. I was really happy with Revival, but at the same time, I was terrified of doing another record," Gomez said. "Because for me, it could be like it was a step down or I needed to beat that record, and I think every artist kind of struggles with that. So I waited. I wanted it to be great, and had I not waited a good year or two, I wouldn't have had the best songs I've ever had."
The multitalented Gomez has been channeling her energy into a number of creative endeavors, and the actor and singer announced a new clothing line with Coach in March. The Fall 2018 line is her first ready-to-wear collaboration with the company, and the collection will include handbags, leather goods, accessories, and outerwear.
"The offering reflects Ms. Gomez' own personal style, and each piece is imbued with unique touches that speak to Ms. Gomez' unapologetically confident and powerful feminine spirit," Coach said in an anouncement.
Gomez also made a brief return to the the stage on Saturday when her BFF Taylor Swift brought her onstage to perform Gomez's song "Hands to Myself."
According to E! News, after the song Gomez told the crowd,
"I want to say thank you to my best friend of about 12 years, almost 13. And the reason why she has been one of my best friends is because this person has never, ever judged a single decision I've made. She's always met me where I've been. She's encouraged me when I've had nothing to be encouraged about. And I don't know if I would be as strong as I am if I didn't have you and your family because you changed my life."
In an Instagram post Sunday, Swift also gushed over Gomez, captioning a photo of the pair onstage together, "To the person I could call at any time of day, who has been there no matter what... you absolutely KILLED IT tonight and everyone was so excited to see you. I love you, and 60,000 people at the Rose Bowl loved you too."
While she didn't make it to the Billboard Music Awards, with a new clothing line and a new album on the way, fans have plenty to look forward to from Gomez very soon.