Selena Gomez Gets Candid About Depression and Anxiety

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.”

Interesting, huh?

As always, we wish Selena nothing but the best.


Demi Lovato: 19 (VERY!) Candid Confessions from Her Documentary

Demi Lovato has always been an open book.

The singer has never shied away over the years from discussing her battles with substance abuse and an eating disorder.

In the YouTube documentary "Simply Complicated," Lovato is an open… series of books?

We're not sure how to phrase it, we just know the artist discusses absolutely everything, from her career to her drug use to her most famous relationship.

Scroll down and then all around for a look at all we learned about Lovato in this revealing film:

1. When Did She First Do Cocaine?

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“I was 17 working on Disney Channel, and I was with a couple of friends and they introduced me to it. I was scared because my mom always told me that your heart could just burst if you do it. But I did it anyways and I loved it. I felt out of control with the coke the first time that I did it.”

2. Yes, She Once Punched a Backup Dancer in the Face

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After learning someone named Shorty outed her for using Adderall during a Camp Rock 2 tour, “I remember thinking, ‘I’m about to beat this bitch up.’ She had already boarded the plane, I just went up to her and it was like a blur.”

3. This Was a "Breaking Point"

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Lovato said she slept the whole day afterward, texted her mom an apology and realized she needed major help.

4. She Entered Rehab, Got Diagnosed as Bipolar…

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… and then fell off the wagon: “I wasn’t working my program, I wasn’t ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, in bathrooms, nobody knew. I went on a bender of two months when I was using daily and there was one night where I used a bunch of coke, I popped a few Xanax bars and I started to choke a little bit and my heart started racing. I remember thinking, oh my god, I might be overdosing right now.”

5. This Was the Last Time She Drank:

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“I invited 2 random people and basically just drank with them. I got really really drunk until it was time to get on a flight and I was so drunk that I threw up in the back of the car service on the way to the airport to perform on American Idol. I felt like that was a moment in my career where I didn’t care. I just knew that I needed to be high to get through what I was going through at that point.”

6. It Was On to a Sober Living Facility

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She retired here every night after judging The X Factor. Said her manager in the documentary of this experience: “She’s having to do chores. She has no cell phone. She’s completely and totally submitted to the process of recovery.”

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15 Candid Kardashian Confessions (#9 Will Shock You)

The Kardashian Decade: How a Sex Tape Led to a Billion-Dollar Brand.

This is the pretty fantastic and unfortunately accurate title of a cover story by The Hollywood Reporter from August of 2017.

Indeed, Kim and company burst on to the celebrity gossip scene in 2007… and have been dominating nearly every conversation ever since.

How did they get here? What is the basis for the success? What sort of surprising facts and tidbits did this lengthy feature piece reveal?

Scroll down for some answers!

1. Before She Was a Star…

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Kim tells the publication “I was going to [Pierce College], and after school I would go work the cash register at our store, Dash.” This all changed when she was 27 years old.

2. Before There Was Ever Keeping Up with the Kardashians…

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“We had talked to producers about doing a show about the three of us running the store, Dash, where Khloe and I would do the day-to-day, and Kim would come in as a stylist,” Kourtney says. “It didn’t go anywhere.”

3. The Key to the Show’s Success

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“I sat everyone down and said, ‘If we’re going to do this, we have to be all in. We have to really be who we are.,'” says Kris.

4. Before Settling on a Title…

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… E! tossed around ideas such as: The Kardashians: Krazy With a K; Living Kardashian; and Krazy Kardashians.

5. The First Viral Moment:

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“The watercooler chatter from the first episode was all about [9-year-old] Kylie jumping on a stripper pole,” Kris now says. “Kim had one installed in my bedroom and our friend Robin Anton, who is the founder of The Pussycat Dolls, was just messing around, and Kylie hops up there, twirls around a couple times, and it became this thing.”

6. When Did Kendall Realize She was a Star?

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“Kylie and I did a magazine signing for Seventeen, and it was at some store at The Grove and we had a crazy line around the corner. The store owner came up to us and said, “Justin Bieber was here a week ago and didn’t get this response.”

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Prince Harry Admits to Therapy, Gets Candid About Mom’s Death

Prince Harry may not look like most people out there.

He may have more money than the average individual and he definitely has had a status bestowed upon him to which nearly no one else can relate.

But that doesn’t mean the Royal Stud Muffin isn’t just like everyone else when it comes to struggling with some serious emotions.

Speaking to The Telegraph‘s Bryony Gordon for the first episode of her new podcast Mad World, Harry opened way up this weekend about his reaction to his beloved mother’s shocking death.

“I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine’ … and most of us aren’t up for going that deep. So today I’m OK. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m a little bit tight in the chest but otherwise fine,” Harry said as a preamble to the larger discussion about mental health.

The Prince went on to explain that losing mom Princess Diana in 1997 on the “public platform” affected his personal and public life.

It really messed with his internal stability for a long time.

Harry spoke as candidly about the tragedy as he ever has before in this interview, telling the host:

“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well.”

Princess Diana was killed when the car she was a passenger in crashed after it attempted to speed away from the paparazzi.

It was a catastrophe whose affects reverberated around the globe.

But no one was hit harder by Diana’s passing harder, of course, than her two kids, Harry and William.

“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help?” Harry said on the podcast.

After years not thinking about his mother’s horrible death and being “a problem” through a lot of his 20s, the Prince says he experienced two years of “total chaos.”

Therefore, with the “huge support” of his brother when he was 28, he started seeking professional assistance, telling Gordon he visited with a therapist “more than a couple of times.”

He also credited boxing as a coping mechanism.

This sport served as a healthy way to get out his anger and pain, Harry detailed, because “I was on the verge of punching someone.”

How is Harry doing these days?

The Royal Family member certainly seems happy to be dating Meghan Markle, confirming on the podcast that he’s “in a good place” at the moment.

“Because of the process that I’ve been through over the last two and a half to three years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, be able to take my private life seriously as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference,’ he says.

Will he get married to Markle?

That issue was never raised.

Instead, Harry was far more interested in normalizing the stigma around mental health issues.

“No matter who you are, the conversation has to be the beginning,” he said.