Former Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Wants To Be A Pop Singer Now

The member of the 2012 Olympics Fierce Five most widely known for her utterly unimpressed facial expression while accepting her silver medal for the vault is now pursuing a different career altogether. Done with gymnastics, McKayla Maroney wants to be a pop singer. In an interview with Us Weekly, Maroney described her music as “vulnerable pop” because it’s “all melody and lyrically driven and heart driven” and very focused on love.

Hanging up her leotard wasn’t easy, but Maroney, now 20, stopped competing after the 2013 World Championships, where she won a gold medal on vault. “I don’t want anybody to think that McKayla is retiring. I don’t even want people to use that word,” she told Gymnastic magazine in February. “I got into gymnastics when I was 18 months old … and this is something I’m always going to be a part of it. I’m never leaving this sport. The only difference is I’m not competing anymore.”

However, she has essentially retired, and is now putting all of her energy into being the next Taylor Swift. She told Us Weekly the new project helped her move on from the sport she devoted her whole life to, because she had a bit of an identity crisis afterwards.

“I would go and meet people and they’d tell me, ‘You’re the gymnast.’ And I’m like, now that I’m no longer a competing gymnast, it throws people off and that would throw me off,” she told Us Weekly. “I don’t want to let people down. It was such a big test for me to be like, you know what? No! I’m worth more than a gold medal. I’m worth more than being a gymnast. I am not what I do. I am who I am and I’m what I love.”

The ex-athlete has completely changed her look in the past few years, which also just comes with growing up. Although fans have been critical and asking if she’s had work done on her face, she’s confident that she’s just being herself. She was still a teen when she competed at the Olympics in London, and obviously people change from the time they’re 16 to the time they’re 20.

Although the career change seems a little random, she’s always written songs and been in love with music. She didn’t have time to date while a competitive gymnast, so hopefully the past few years have given her some exciting romances to write and sing about. Her first single, “Ghost,” will be out Sept. 8.

Look out TSwift, Maloney’s coming for the Queen of Pop crown, and she’s used to putting up a hard fight.