Selena Gomez opens up about her mental illness and bipolar diagnosis, says ‘felt like a huge weight lifted off me’

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Selena Gomez, popular singer, actor, and entrepreneur, has opened up against her mental health issues and heartbreak in a candid interview with Elle magazine.


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Social media negatively impacted Selena Gomez’s mental health

Social Media has unfortunately affected Gomez’s mental peace and health for all the wrong reasons.

She said to Elle Magazine,

For a while, I felt like an object. It felt gross for a long time.


Gomez started feeling the pressure of social media in 2017 and consequently, she handed over her social media accounts to her assistant.

However, she still sends photos and quotes to her assistant as and when needed but she no longer uses Instagram herself. In fact, the assistant does post on Instagram on Gomez’s behalf.

She added,

I don’t have it on my phone, so there’s no temptation. I suddenly had to learn how to be with myself.

That was annoying, because in the past, I could spend hours looking at other people’s lives. I would find myself down nearly two years in someone’s feed, and then I’d realize, I don’t even know this person!

Now I get information the proper way. When my friends have something to talk about, they call me and say, Oh, I did this. They don’t say, Wait, did you see my post?

Gomez had a breakup with Justin Bieber in 2018


Selena Gomez went through her worst phase of life when she had to part her ways with her boyfriend and music sensation Justin Bieber in 2018.

The story did not stop here as her struggles with mental issues reached new heights alarmingly. Gomez had to seek treatment for mental illness and at the same time she underwent a kidney transplant because of her lupus diagnosis.

She revealed during the interview,

“I don’t even know what they really believed I was doing — drugs, alcohol, running around, partying,” she explained of the negative press she endured after checking herself into a mental health facility. “The narrative was so nasty.”

When Selena was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, she felt a huge sigh of relief. She added,

felt like a huge weight lifted off me.

She summed up her situation quite well,

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.

Every time I went through something, I was like, What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?

Gomez has found a purpose of her life

After battling with severe depression, heartbreak, and other mental health issues, Gomez has found a purpose of her life i.e. help other people as much as possible.

She opened up about her purpose of life saying,

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.

Selena Gomez is back with a bang

Fans can witness Selena Gomez on their screens portraying the role of a detective in her upcoming Hulu series ‘Only Murders in the Building’ along with Steve Martin and Martin Short.

If you want to live a peaceful life, use social media with caution. The story of Selena Gomez showcases the dark side of social media. Therefore, you should not think twice if you want to remove your social media account to combat your depression, anxiety, and other mental issue.

When she stayed away from her phone that had 150 million people on it, she felt more present and started living in the moment. Gomez revealed,

That was such a relief for me.

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