Does Zendaya Want to Leave Her Disney Channel Fans Behind?

Zendaya has been pushing her music in a more mature direction, but she says that she has no plans to pull a huge image switch and alienate the Zswaggers who’ve been following her since her Shake It Up days. When asked about how she sees herself juggling both her Disney fans and a more adult audience, the actress says that she wants to keep doing both.

“You know, I think there’s a way to balance all of them at the same time. I think people have yet to really do it — to engage the young fans, which is really important because the young fans, you’ve got to realize, are sometimes the most hardcore fans out there. They’re the ones that are going to force their mom to support you. And a lot of the kids that grew up watching me on Shake It Up are now like 17, it’s weird; it makes me feel old,” she said in an interview with PAPER magazine.

“There’s that group of people, and as I get older and people know me from different things or just follow me on Instagram or whatever, I think the most important thing is to have that balance: for everything to be edgy and different and something that a 25-year-old would want to be a part of, but also at the same time you don’t have to cover your eyes when a seven-year-old is watching. I think that’s a balance that is really hard for people to find, but I think can be done. So I’m going to do it.”

It’s a very mature and appropriate response — but we wouldn’t expect anything less from the “My Jam” singer. If anyone can do that gracefully, it’s Zendaya! We’ve loved watching her new show K.C. Undercover, but we also appreciate that she’s trying to grow as an artist.

Are you glad that Zendaya wants to keep doing her Disney show and release more “adult” stuff? Tell us in the comments!