Is Selena Gomez retiring from music?

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Did Selena Gomez just announce that she's retiring from music?

On an episode of the Smart Less podcast, hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, Selena Gomez opened up about her future in the music industry, what she wants to focus her platform on after she steps away from singing, and why she thinks Disney is a "machine."

Is Selena Gomez retiring from the music industry?

Not just yet. According to Selena Gomez, she started making music when she was still on Wizards of Waverly Place, the Disney Channel series on which she played the main character, Alex Russo. While she enjoyed recording music and touring, she was also enjoying acting and as the former Disney star said, "...[T]he older I get, the more I’m kind of like, I would like to find something to just settle on."

When it comes to settling down and choosing one career path in the future, Selena Gomez says she thinks she's going to choose acting, but that she's not ready to set her microphone down for good just yet.

"I do feel like I have one more album in me but I would probably choose acting," she told the podcast hosts. That means that even though Selena Gomez will likely choose to focus on projects like her show, Only Murderers In the Building, that she's not quite done singing yet.

Why Selena Gomez called Disney a "machine"

On the podcast, Selena explained that the reason that she started singing was because of her role on a Disney Channel series.

"Disney is, it’s safe to say, a machine and, in a way, forcefully require that I know how to sing so I could sing the theme song [of a show]. They know how to package someone and make it a whole triple threat thing," she told the hosts. Along with playing Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place, she sang the theme song. Fans of former Disney stars will know that the company definitely encourages them to start singing along with their acting roles.

According to the singer and actress, the intense workload from a young age wasn't easy on her. She told the hosts of the podcast about a particularly rough time in her history and said, "I went to a mental institute and canceled one of my tours. It just got to me because I love working and it distracts me from bad things."

According to an interview with Vogue Mexico, Selena Gomez shared that her upcoming song will have "no sad songs." Even though it sounds like she's going to be stepping back from music to focus on acting after this upcoming album, it's exciting for her fans to hear that she's going to be making her last foray into the music world a happy one.