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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Media Scrutiny and Sharing Her Mental Health Journey

Selena Gomez opened up to Amy Schumer for Interview magazine’s latest cover story, published Monday. During a candid conversation, the pop star spoke about dealing with media scrutiny from the time she was a teen and revealed why she has been so open about her mental health journey as of late.

“My intention was never to become a tabloid,” the 27-year-old told Schumer of her headline-making life. “So when things kind of happened that way, it got out of control. And then I was like, ‘Wait, none of this is true.'”

Gomez — who first achieved mainstream stardom in 2007 at age 15 on Disney Channel’s The Wizards of Waverly Place, years before she became a regular target of the paparazzi — went on to say that “the way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad.”

“When in reality, there’s nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love,” she continued, likely referring to her multiple stints at mental health facilities, plus her relationships with such famous exes as Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

“I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative, and it was killing me,” she said. “I’m so young, and I’m going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life’s going.”

Aware of her reach, Gomez — the fifth-most-followed person on Instagram with 173 million online acolytes and counting — told Schumer that she makes a conscious effort to raise awareness for causes that are meaningful to her. As a survivor of lupus and someone who recently shared her bipolar diagnosis, Gomez said she hopes to help those who have suffered similar experiences.

“I’ve gone through a lot of medical issues, and I know that I can reach people who are going through similarly scary things — an organ transplant, or being on dialysis, or going away for treatment,” said Gomez, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2017 due to lupus complications. “A huge part of why I have a platform is to help people.”

Added Gomez: “That’s why I think I’m OK with the magnitude. I mean, I’m not really OK with it — but I’m going to say that I am because it’s worth it. I know that I’m making someone somewhere feel good, or feel understood or heard, and that’s worth it for me.”

Now, more empowered than ever, Gomez also promised to make the most of her platform as the 2020 presidential election draws near. While she joked that a run for office may be decades away, she is intent on “pressuring” her fans to cast their ballots in November. “I’m encouraging as many people as possible to vote. It’s something that me and my friends talk about constantly,” she told Schumer. “I’ll be fully on the ground pressuring people to vote.”

Gomez also spoke about returning to music, with her third consecutive No. 1 album, Rare, released in February; it spawned “Lose You to Love Me,” her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I wrote it at the beginning of last year and had just gotten out of treatment,” she said. “It was a moment when I came back, and I was like, ‘I’m ready to go into the studio with people I trust and start working on songs.’ There was an air around it where people were very happy because it was like I was going to finally be me. But I didn’t necessarily see it that way at the time. When I wrote the song, I was basically saying that I needed to hit rock bottom to understand that there was this huge veil over my face.”

Read Gomez’s full Interview profile here


Selena Gomez’s ‘Boyfriend’ Video

Selena Gomez premiered the music video for her new single “Boyfriend” on Friday (April 10), and it lives up to the old adage that you have to kiss a few frogs before finding your prince.

In the clip directed by Matty Peacock, the pop star takes her destiny into her own hands, employing a magic potion to weed out the dating duds in her search for her perfect match.

“I want a boyfriend/ But I just keep hitting dead ends/ Try to take a shortcut, but I get cut/ Again and again/ I want a boyfriend/ Tell me, are there any good ones left?/ I keep findin’ wrong ones, but I want love/ Again and again/ I want a boyfriend,” Gomez intones over the track’s bouncing bass line as, one by one, her roster of suitors turns into an army of ribbit-ing amphibians.

“Boyfriend” serves as the opening track of the brand-new deluxe edition of Rare, which also features previously unreleased songs “Souvenir” and “She,” alongside No. 1 single “Lose You To Love Me,” “Look At Her Now” and the title track.


Selena Gomez Prepping Deluxe Edition of ‘Rare’ With Three Unreleased Tracks

Selena Gomez is prepping a deluxe edition of her new Rare album, and it’s coming way sooner than you think. The singer announced on Monday (April 6) that the new version will feature three previously unreleased tracks, “Boyfriend,” “She” and “Souvenir,” which will appear on the beefed-up version due out on Thursday (April 9).

You can pre-save the album here now, as well as donate to the Plus1 COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is providing assistance to musicians and music industry workers affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as those whose physical and mental health and safety are most at risk from the virus that has infected more than 1.3 million people in 212 countries and killed more than 75,000.

“Many of you know how excited I have been to release a song called ‘Boyfriend,’” the singer, 27, said in a letter to fans about the bonus tracks. “It’s a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love, but also knowing that you don’t need anyone other than yourself to be happy. We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I’m praying for safety, unity and recovery during this pandemic.”

Because of her concern, Gomez said she’s personally donating to the Plus1 relief fund, as well as $1 from every order of the album on her official store to the fund. The singer earned her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Rare, which was released on Jan. 10 via Interscope Records and kicked off with 112,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. for the week ending Jan. 16, according to Nielsen Music.

Gomez appeared on Miley Cyrus’ Bright Minded Instagram series last week, where she discussed her bipolar diagnosis for the first time in a candid chat about mental health.

“Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in… America, McClean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez told Cyrus. “And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”