Selena Gomez has one of the most followed Instagram accounts ever with a whopping 253M follower count. For the pop powerhouse, though, life in the spotlight has been full of countless highs and lows.
For the September cover of Elle, Gomez opened up about her health, heartbreak and her journey after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She was diagnosed back in 2018 and when she found out, revealed, "I felt a huge weight lifted off me when I found out. I could take a deep breath and go, ‘Okay, that explains so much.’"
The singer was diagnosed with lupus in 2014 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2017. When speaking on her overall health, she explained, "My lupus, my kidney transplant, chemotherapy, having a mental illness, going through very public heartbreaks—these were all things that honestly should have taken me down."
She continued, "Every time I went through something, I was like, ‘What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?’”
“‘You’re going to help people. That’s really what kept me going. There could have been a time when I wasn’t strong enough, and would have done something to hurt myself."
Around the same time, she held the top spot as the most-followed person on Instagram, but struggled with handling the negativity associated with it and often found herself questioning the purpose of it all. At one point, she reflected and told the publication, "After I’m gone, I want people to remember me for my heart.’" Thus, in 2017, she quit social media and transferred power to her assistant. Though she'll provide a quote or caption, she does not post directly.
This reclamation allowed her to "feel present" and now, she's thriving yet again with her brand, Rare Beauty, her social justice initiatives, and forthcoming entertainment projects.
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.