Selena Gomez Defends Herself Against Bindi Controversy As She Shares Her Love For ‘Beautiful’ Indian Culture

Selena Gomez found herself in hot water earlier this year when she was criticised by the Universal Society of Hinduism for wearing a bindi during a live MTV performance, but the star has insisted she loves the “beautiful” Indian culture.

Selena has taken inspiration from India for her comeback single Come & Get It, with her MTV Movie Awards performance seeing the star dressed in a flowing sari style outfit.

The singer has revealed just how fascinated she is with the country, telling Us Weekly that the Hindu culture has inspired both her music and her style:

“My hairstylist and my makeup artist are actually really big into the whole culture — they’ve been around, they’ve traveled, they’ve gotten me into various books,” she said. “I’ve been traveling, too. It’s been really fun to explore that because it’s a very different view and it’s such a beautiful culture.”

Selena Gomez has admitted she takes inspiration from Hindu culture (WENN)

Selena added that she planned a themed bash for her 21st birthday party, which took place on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the bash she revealed that she had told her pals to dress with with a gypsy theme in mind:

“I love that vibe, I love that feel. All my girls are going to have really cute little fun skirts and really cute little tops and rings.”

The star’s friends certainly got into the theme with Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev showing off their outfits on Instagram over the weekend.

Selena came in for criticism after wearing a bindi during her MTV Movie Awards performance in April (WENN)

It sounds like Selena was ready to let her hair down at her celebrations as she told US Weekly that she has no regrets about having fun whilst she’s young:

“I think that at the end of the day, I’m definitely a 21-year-old, and if you ask anybody in this room what they did when they were 21, I’m sure they would say they just experienced life and tried to enjoy it,” she explained.

“So I’m enjoying balancing both, because I do want to celebrate my 21st birthday, but at the same time, it’s been fun for me to grow up and figure out who I am and who I want to be.”