Good Girl, Interrupted

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Byline: Jaimie Etkin

Selena Gomez has a new film and album, but her Disney image has taken a knock lately.

Call it the Nutella defense. After teen star Selena Gomez was rushed to an emergency room in early June, she quickly sought to quell any potential drug rumors by saying her hospital trip was merely a result of exhaustion and too much junk food. Specifically, she said, a passion for Nutella nearly did her in. She's sworn off the hazelnut spread, but maintaining her sweet image will be a greater challenge.

Dubbed "The Next Miley Cyrus" when she debuted on the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place three years ago, Gomez quickly distanced herself from her salvia-smoking, pole-dancing counterpart. "I never really said I want to be a role model," says Gomez during an upcoming special on E! "But then when it happened I was so down for it." Now 18, she's sitting at a career crossroads. Her Emmy-winning show wrapped its final season, and she's banking on her album When the Sun Goes Down and her second feature film, Monte Carlo, to satisfy fans used to a weekly fix. …