Selena Gomez Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles in the Public Eye: “The Narrative Was So Nasty”

In a recent interview, Selena Gomez reflects that when she entered a rehabilitation center, people started to freak out imagining the worst of her

By Ingrid Mateos

- August 20 , 2021 - 12:55 hs
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American singer Selena Gomez is speaking up about the struggles she has faced concerning her mental health state, reflecting on her bipolar diagnosis on how the 'nasty' rumors surrounding her condition took a toll on her.

In the most recent Elle cover story, the actress and singer revealed that back in 2014 when she entered a mental health facility, people started to throw some nasty comments towards her because nobody really knew what was happening with her.  “I don’t even know what they really believed I was doing — drugs, alcohol, running around, partying. The narrative was so nasty,” she said. This happened after she was diagnosed with lupus, but before she underwent kidney surgery.


Gomez went on to explain that growing up in the public eye (let's not forget she is a Disney kid) and enduring scrutiny always made her feel “like an object” and “gross,” while physical illnesses also took a toll on her. “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 explained. “Every time I went through something, I was like, ‘What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?'”


However, just last year Selena Gomez was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she reflects on how it all made sense after the diagnosis. "I felt a huge weight lifted off me when I found out," she said. "I could take a deep breath and go, 'Okay, that explains so much.'" If that was not enough motivation, Selena says that what helped her to keep going is something that she told herself. "You're going to help people," and that sentiment was "really what kept me going," she said. "There could have been a time when I wasn't strong enough and would have done something to hurt myself," she added.

When she was just diagnosed, Selena  Gomez revealed that she went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, the McLean Hospital “I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar," she said at the time. "And so when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it… I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away."

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that "causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks," But, that does not stop Selena Gomez from working as hard as ever. She has been a little bit retired from music but she will certainly appear in the Hulu comedy Only Murders in the Building alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. But that's not all she has been doing. After two seasons, her HBO Max cooking show Selena + Chef has raised $360,000 for 23 nonprofit organizations. Meanwhile, her Rare Beauty brand includes the Rare Impact Fund, which aims to raise $100 million for mental health services during the next 10 years. 

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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