Selena Gomez is opening up about battling depression and anxiety. The “Wolves” singer, who recently completed a two-week mental wellness program, talked candidly about her issues in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
“Anyone who knows me knows I will always start with my health and my well-being,” the 25-year-old songstress said during her March 2018 cover story interview. “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome. There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!’ I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m OK with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.”
Gomez has taken her time in releasing new music and the follow up to her 2015 album, Revival, to make sure she’s in the right place.
“I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place,” she said. “My next album has been forever in the making. When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready. I mean, point-blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”
The former Disney star also discussed her “complex relationship” with Instagram, where she has an impressive record-breaking 133 million followers and some of the most-liked photos ever.
"[Instagram] has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me,” she shared. “… The only thing that worries me is how much value people our age place on social media. It’s an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways it’s given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important.”