Pop music sensation Selena Gomez says she has the right to grow up.

Gomez, 18, who has been criticized lately for her PDA with singer Justin Bieber – where the two teens are seen in steamy make out sessions – said in an interview that her relationship is not affecting her public image.

“I have a right to live my life,” Gomez said on Fox and Friends. “I think I have done a very good job in the position that I have put in. I should be able to grow up.”

Besides setting the record straight about her personal life, Gomez took some time to promote her latest project, a feature film called “Monte Carlo” 

It debuts in theaters July 1.

“Monte Carlo was really fun for me,” said Gomez. “Obviously I haven’t done a lot of film. So, this was that step in that direction.”

The actress/singer says she loves each medium “for different reason,” adding she’s happy being more “in control over my records.”

“It’s been fun to experiment…and have a better stage presence,” said Gomez.

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