Speaking to UK Cosmopolitan, the 'A Year Without Rain' singer professed that Cole's music helped her to get through a difficult film shoot.
"She's a big influence on me," the star said. "I picked up her CD and they gave me Girls Aloud things and a DVD of her, and her music got me through my whole movie [that I was filming].
"She made me feel better, I just love her music and I think she's a really nice person. She's been through a lot, but she carries herself with a lot of class and I love that."
The Wizards of Waverly Place star also praised friend Taylor Swift for being someone that truly understands what she's going through on a daily basis.
"We sort of compliment each other so I feel like we kind of have the same mentality about this industry," Gomez said. "We just support each other and throughout everything we go through, we know that we both understand. We're both going through a lot of the same things, so we’re always there for each other."
Gomez recently held a special benefit concert for UNICEF.