Selena Gomez originally popped up on TV screens when she scored the lead role in Wizards of Waverly Place which was a Disney sitcom about a family of wizards who owns a restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Like other popular Disney child stars, Disney rode on her popularity by fanning her perpetual but symbolic flame across mediums such as music, movies, magazines and commercials.
Nowadays, people hardly remember Selena for her acting career, she is more commonly known as a musician and an actress second.
But just like her philosophy of remaining authentic, she deals with issues and problems that everyday people deal with. Read on to find out how she dealt with and overcame her mental health issues.
With more than 30 concerts remaining in her ‘Revival’ tour last year, Selena cancelled the remaining dates to check into a psychiatric facility in Tennessee.
This wasn’t the first time the singer had to cancel a tour due to her personal ailments. In January of 2014 she cancelled a tour to deal with her diagnosis of lupus.
It’s not uncommon to see Hollywood stars and famous celebrities have an inflated ego. So when you hear someone like Selena (who has amassed over 114 million followers on Instagram) deal with self-esteem issues it really does separate the gap between fan and star to make her just like ‘one of us.’
In an interview she said that ‘tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious [and] I started to have panic attacks before and after the stage.’
She continued on by saying that she felt like she wasn’t good enough and that she was letting her fans down. She said that she was so accustomed to performing in front of kids that she couldn’t get adjusted to these young adults ‘smoking and drinking’ at her shows.
When she checked into rehab she stated that it was the hardest thing she had done but also the best thing that she had done.
‘You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls. Real people who couldn’t give two s**ts who I was, who were fighting for their lives.’
She stayed at the facility which offered individual, group and even equine (horse) therapy for 90 days before accepting her award for ‘Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.’
During her acceptance speech she teared up and talked about her personal struggles. The video soon went viral, once again showing Selena’s vulnerability. Paul Rudd, her co-star in The Fundamentals Of Caring, has said this is the reason for Selena’s massive fan base.
Along with her vulnerability, it’s also her easy-going manner and open arms that makes her so beloved. She says that it’s hard for her to say no to kids and she’s always willing to snap a pic with her young fans.
“Somebody I used to hang out with would always get very frustrated with me, but I have a hard time saying no to children.”
But Selena’s life has never been easy and she’s embraced the struggles that have come her way. She recalls growing up in Grand Prairie, Texas, where she was raised by a single mother.
She recalls an instance when she was asked to feel between the cushions of the car for change so that they could buy Styrofoam cups of ramen.
Her authenticity is what makes her so approachable and the fact that she never acts like she is above her fans is what allows her to maintain her fame. Her good friend Taylor Swift has said that she is ‘both 40 years old and seven years old.’
She is currently learning Spanish once again, which was a language she knew as a kid but forgot as she pursued her career at a young age. Selena hopes to learn Spanish in order to create some Spanish music in the future. She sees her therapist at least 5 times a week and does whatever she can to stay away from social media.
She also went on to say that she doesn’t even have the password to her Instagram account and her phone right now ‘has maybe seventeen people, two of which are famous.’ She currently resides in an Airbnb in the Valley and doesn’t get out too much. She says she loves her job and loves to ‘do what [she] does’ but she just ‘can’t wait for people to forget about [her.]’