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Selena Gomez Bares Ankles in Mosque, Deletes Photo After Sparking Outrage

The snapshot has spurred comments from detractors, who decried it as being inappropriate

Selena Gomez and her group of friends were careful to cover their heads when they paid a sightseeing visit to an Abu Dhabi mosque earlier this week.

But Gomez sparked controversy when she posted an Instagram photo showing her flashing her bare ankles in the mosque, which critics labeled as disrespectful.

That photo has since been deleted, but not before being widely circulated online.

The pop star, 22, however, has kept another Instagram photo of her visit, showing her and her crew smiling and mugging it up for the camera.

The snapshot has spurred comments from detractors, who decried it as being inappropriate.

“As tourists they should still respect the fact they are in a holy place,” one Instagram commenter wrote.

Other followers stepped up to defend the group: “Clearly, she’s a tourist & she isn’t purposely disrespecting the religion or the mosque.”

Gomez traveled to the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the new year along with pals Kendall Jenner and Cody Simpson, where they toured the Abu Dhabi’s famed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque early in the week before spending New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Selena Gomez Stalker Charged with Felony

Che Cruz, 20, was reportedly arrested twice in one week for stalking the former Disney channel star

Singer and former Disney channel star Selena Gomez’s alleged stalker was charged with felony stalking and violating a court order to avoid the 21-year-old on Monday. Che Cruz was arrested twice last week for for harassing Gomez, according to the Associated Press, but was released from jail after his first arrest.

Just days after the 20-year-old was arrested and charged with unlawfully entering Gomez’s home. The singer and actor was reportedly home during the intrusion. Later, Cruz was released from jail despite being put on probation and sentenced to up to 45 days in jail. Yet, he was caught jumping a fence at her Calabasas home on Friday, just hours after his release.

This time, if he’s convicted, Cruz could face up to four years in prison.

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Selena Gomez: I Gave Into Pressure

The young, troubled star explains why she checked into a rehab facility in January

The young singer and actress Selena Gomez is starting to open up about her troubled start to 2014, People reports.

In an interview at the We Day conference in California, she talked about the issues that made her check into rehab in January.

“I’m surrounded by people who are supposed to guide me, and some of them have and others haven’t. They pressure me … you gotta be sexy, you gotta be cute, you gotta be nice. You gotta be all these things,” the 21-year old starlet said in front of her screaming fans.

She told her fans to stay true to themselves and not to listen to what other people tell them to do.

“Until recently, I had given into that pressure. I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought that others would accept me for it.”

Although Gomez spent two weeks at the Dawn at the Meadows rehab facility in Arizona, it was not for substance or alcohol abuse her management says. The facility treats several different kinds of addiction.

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WATCH: Justin Bieber Really, Really Doesn’t Like Giving Deposition

The 20-year-old mocks attorneys, avoids questions and becomes visibly upset over questions about on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in footage obtained by TMZ

Justin Bieber was in no mood to cooperate during his deposition for a lawsuit claim that his bodyguard assaulted a photographer. In video footage obtained by TMZ, Bieber mocks attorneys, avoids questions and becomes visibly upset over questions about on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez.

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Selena Gomez Secretly Went to Rehab for Two Weeks

Actress/singer Selena Gomez arrives at the premiere of "Getaway" at the Regency Village Theater on Aug. 26, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Actress/singer Selena Gomez arrives at the premiere of "Getaway" at the Regency Village Theater on Aug. 26, 2013 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP

But not for substance abuse

Actress and singer Selena Gomez secretly checked into an Arizona rehab facility for the first two weeks of January after canceling the Australian leg of her tour.

“Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse,” Gomez’s rep told People. But RadarOnline, who first reported the story, alleges that the Spring Break star’s hard-partying habits had friends and family worried.

Gomez, 21, canceled part of her Stars Dance concert in December, stating: “It has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

Gomez’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber has recently made headlines for a series of run-ins with police, including a DUI.

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