Did Halloween come early this year? Some of Selena Gomez‘s fans had mixed feelings about the bizarre new thriller she starred in. Artistic director Petra Collins, 25, nearly broke the Internet on June 25, by releasing behind-the-scenes images from her upcoming horror short, A Love Story. In the jaw-dropping pics, Selena eats icing off her leg with a butcher knife, chews on what appears to be a finger and…wait for it, gobbles on an eyeball!
Fans only got a taste of what’s to come, since the full film will soon stream on Instagram’s new long-form video platform, IGTV. “This is disgusting wtf is wrong with you,” one angry commenter wrote while another added: “This is awful! I am in total shock. What happened to my Selena??” Some even went a level further with their responses to the unsettling clip, posting: “She is not okay! Give me old Selena. GOD help Selena.” Even though a few suggested this would be a pitfall in her career, other Selanators had her back to the fullest.
“This is art no matter how many people disprove of this,” one of Selena’s loyal followers argued. “Selena is a young beautiful woman who can make her own choice and as long she is not harming anybody people should respect her decisions.” The songstress went the extra mile for her new project, even rocking white contacts for one scene, giving her a ghoul-like appearance. “This looks amazing, I could see myself liking this new Selena with a real acting career,” one fan said while praising her work.
Selena has come a long way since her Disney days, and some of her fans also made sure to address her growth while defending her choice to appear in A Love Story. Petra seemed to be elated about creating this edgy new short, previously revealing that she wanted to collaborate with Selena on a horror. “I love The Exorcist and the things that come from inside you, the things that are a little more subtle, and things that you deal with from inwards,” Petra told Vanity Fair. “And I feel like it’s something Selena and I both love talking about—that topic is sort of dear to us.” It looks like Selena isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers!