The teen actress and singer, who rose to fame starring on Disney Channel series The Wizards of Waverley Place in 2007, said that it isn't always easy to deal with being in the public eye.
"Obviously it's an overwhelming business," Gomez told Bang Showbiz. "Especially for those of us who have been in it since we were very young and have grown up with it.
"But you just have to make sure you have good friends around you and your family there to support you."
The Monte Carlo star went on to admit that while having other celebrity friends can be useful, it is also a good idea to have friends outside of the entertainment industry who can "take you away from it".
Last month Gomez was granted a temporary restraining order against a 46-year-old male over an apparent death threat against her.
Gomez will host the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 on Sunday, November 6 on MTV.
> Selena Gomez to perform at MTV Europe Music Awards 2011
Watch a promo of Selena Gomez hosting this year's MTV EMAs below: