Selena Gomez Performs In Milan

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Christian actress Selena Gomez has defended the controversial subject matter in the series “13 Reasons Why,” for which she’s an executive producer, and called the story “beautifully tragic

“We stayed very true to the book. That’s initially what [author] Jay Asher created, a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that’s what we wanted to do,” Gomez told The Associated Press in an article published Saturday.

“We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] going to come no matter what,” she added.

“It’s not an easy subject to talk about.”

Gomez does not appear on camera in the series, but sings a cover of the song “Only You” that plays in the final episode.

As the New York Post’s Page Six reports, the show has been receiving criticism for its graphic depictions of teenage rape and suicide.


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