Steve Martin defends co-star Selena Gomez following "ominous headlines"

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Photo credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media - Getty Images
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Little Shop of Horrors and Planes, Trains and Automobiles star Steve Martin has defended his co-star Selena Gomez after "ominous headlines" made about her.

The comedy legend stars with the singer and Wizards of Waverly Place actress in Only Murders in the Building, a dark comedy that serves as her return to series television.

During promo for the show, Gomez recounted how she "signed my life away to Disney at a very young age and I didn’t know what I was doing." Those comments were widely shared online, with some outlets treating it as a joke, while others claiming that comments were deadly serious.

Photo credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media - Getty Images
Photo credit: P. Lehman / Barcroft Media - Getty Images

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In a new press conference (via Radio Times), Martin defended his co-star by stating: "I was there when Selena said that and it was said in the most light-hearted, funny, jokey way.

"And then I see it gets interpreted – sometimes they'll say she was joking and sometimes they have it as an ominous headline – but it was completely just all in fun. I've signed my life away to [co-star] Marty Short, you think I like that?"

Gomez herself added: "I'm beyond proud of the work that I did with Disney as well. It kind of shaped who I am in a way."

Only Murders in the Building stars the trio as a group of people with a shared obsession with true crime podcasts. Martin and Short play a washed-up actor and eccentric theatre director, respectively, who want to solve a murder that took place in the theatre and turn that into a successful podcast with Gomez's character Mabel getting drawn into it.

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Photo credit: Hulu

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The show will also star The Birdcage actor and original Timone from The Lion King, Nathan Lane, and feature Sting in a guest appearance.

Only Murders in the Building begins on Disney+ tomorrow (August 31).

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