Selena Gomez didn’t really take anyone by surprise late last year when she got back together with Justin Bieber.
We always knew those kids would find a way back into each other’s arms and crotches.
But the singer did take us by surprise just a few days ago.
We were stunned to learn earlier this month that Gomez had checked herself into rehab.
Multiple sources confirmed at the time that Selena spent two weeks under the care of professionals, with one insider explaining her decision to E! News as follows:
“She had a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she decided she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself. It was all about wellness and her health.”
It wasn’t the first time she sought such help, either.
In September of 2016, Gomez also checked herself into a similar facility, as she battled at the time against the negative effects of Lupus.
Now, in a cover story for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the singer opens up like never before about her mental health; where it’s at; and where she knows it will never be.
We’ll let Selena explain…
“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 okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else. I’m starting my year off with that thought.
“I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”
That’s a very positive attitude for Gomez to take.
Just like being an alcohol, someone who is diagnosed as Depressed is that way for life.
He or she can get better, of course, but there’s no actual cure of any kind.
Gomez has not released a new studio album since 2015.
And it doesn’t sound like we’ll get one this year, either.
“My next album has been forever in the making,” she admits, explaining why as follows:
“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.”
It’s worth noting that Gomez underwent a kidney transplant just a few months ago.
She’s been through A LOT of late.
Selena actually talks to 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford for this interview.
She tells the actress that she rarely goes anyplace “trendy” and that her social media popularity comes with some major strings attached.
“I have a complex relationship with Instagram, to say the least,” she explains.
Why would this be?
“It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true.’
“So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth. 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. So, yeah, it’s a complex relationship.
“Probably one of my most difficult relationships.”
As always, we wish Selena nothing but the best.