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.
Selena Gomez is thinking about more than just her libido these days.
Fans have been concerned about the singer for several weeks now, worried that she’s only back together with Justin Bieber because she can’t resist his charm, his handsome face and his well-sculpted body.
But it’s now been made clear that Gomez has a lot more on her mind than merely jumping back into bed with her ex.
She also has her mind on her mind.
E! News has confirmed the surprising news that the beloved artist and actress recently completed a two-week treatment program for depression and anxiety.
Did anyone else know she had been in rehab for half of January?!?
This was unexpected news to us when we first read it.
“She had a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she decided she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself,” a source told E! News about Selena’s decision, adding:
“It was all about wellness and her health.”
We most certainly admire Gomez for taking this step and for putting her mental health above all else.
The singer canceled part of her “Revival” tour in the summer of 2016 to check into rehab as well.
She later told Teen Vogue that her “self-esteem was shot” at the time.
How was this possible when she was so incredibly popular back then?
“As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out,” she explained. “It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict.”
So she spent 90 days under the care of a therapist, away from the public spotlight.
“You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls, real people who couldn’t give two shits about who I was, who were fighting for their lives,” Gomez said to the magazine, concluding early last year:
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
An insider tells Us Weekly that Selena has the same reaction so far to her latest rehab stint.
“It’s about physical, mental wellness and clean eating,” this tabloid reports. “She feels great.”
Gomez broke up with The Weeknd in the fall of 2017 and then quickly got back into a relationship with Bieber.
This cause major tension between Selena and her mother, who remains worried that Justin is not good for her daughter.
It’s hard to blame anyone close to Gomez for thinking this, considering all the young stars have been through as a couple and also as ex-lovers.
Neither Gomez nor Bieber has spoken out much about the rekindled romance, but sources have said they are attending church together and even couples therapy.
They really do want to get it right this time around.
“She doesn’t want to slip back to where she was ever,” the Us Weekly source adds. “She always wants to be proactive.”
For the record, we can now confirm Gomez sought professional help last month in New York City.
Bieber was apparently aware of her choice to do so and completed supported his girlfriend in this endeavor.
Concludes the E! insider of these stars, who were spotted together again this week in Los Angeles, looking pretty darn happy:
“Everyone around them knows how much they mean to each other and they are truly on a great path together.”
Let’s hope so.
And let’s all band together to wish Selena Gomez the best of luck in her ongoing journey to mental health and happiness.
She deserves it.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez hadn’t been seen together for almost a month … until Wednesday night. Justin and Selena were leaving a Hillsong Church service in L.A. when he spotted photogs, gave an audible grunt, and then got downright sarcastic…
Sometimes, your fave does something problematic. Defending them can get tiring. You start to question whether they’re still a problematic fave or if you’ve stopped being a fan.
But as draining as that can be for fans, it has to be exhausting for friends and family. And it sure seems like Mandy Teefey is tired of going to bat for her daughter, Selena Gomez.
When fans asked Mandy on instagram about Selena’s controversial involvement with acused child-molester Woody Allen, Mandy … threw Selena under the bus.
Despite efforts by Selena and her mom to quash feud rumors, it’s clear that there’s been tension between the singer and her mother.
One major factor, of course, and probably the reason that we’re all talking about this, is Justin Bieber.
See, Justin’s not just content to ruin his body — he and Selena are now back together. And her mother is … not taking it well. Based on what a poorly behaved little trash boy Justin used to be, we get it.
While some of the rumors about their disagreements have been absurd, Mandy Teefey did wind up at the hospital because she got so upset about Jelena’s revival.
They also have older conflicts. Reportedly, when Selena dropped her mom as her manager back in 2014, it created a serious rift, though Mandy denies that it’s an issue.
Until now, though, we didn’t realize that yet another point of disagreement between mother and daughter was over Woody Allen.
Recently, Ellen Pompeo ruthlessly slammed Woody Allen and the stars who work with him.
It’s not difficult to figure out why.
Several years ago, Ronan Farrow revealed that Woody Allen had molested her as a child.
She describes a harrowing incident when she was 7 years old. Woody Allen has always denied the accusations, but they’re pretty well-known.
Also he married a much younger woman whom he also raised for years. Many feel that he effectively married his daughter.
Despite that, inexcusably, multiple actors who should know better have worked with Woody Allen.
And, recently, Selena Gomez stuck a dagger in the collective hearts of her fans by becoming one of them.
Several fans wrote comments under Mandy Teefey’s Instagram, imploring her to “make” Selena apologize for working with Woody Allen and/or sever all ties with the accused child-molester.
With these requests came a confession that a number of selenators are fatigued from having to defend Selena for something that they don’t consider very defensible.
Sure, some assumed that maybe Selena wasn’t fully aware of Woody Allen’s reputation (celebrities exist in a bubble, after all)
A couple of fans wrote similar messages (managing to misspell Woody Allen’s name in different ways, but frankly, that’s the least of what he deserves).
And Mandy Teefey decided to reply.
Selena Gomez’s mom wrote back:
“Sorry, No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to.”
In another context, that might have been intended as a compliment. In this case … it was not.
“I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click.”
She also wanted to shut down accusations that Selena’s PR team doesn’t do her any good.
“Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here.”
One of the downsides of always being in charge is that the blame for your choices falls at your feet.
Mandy Teefey continues:
“No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions.”
That’s one of the pitfalls of being an adult. You make your own decisions — and your own mistakes.
“No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”
That is … truly disappointing. You always want to believe that someone had just been misinformed.
Based upon this, it sounds like Selena cares more about her film career than she does about right and wrong.
A lot of selenators are crushed by this, but … it’s good to know.
Selena Gomez is back with Justin Bieber. Plenty of people aren’t thrilled with her choice, but her mom Mandy Teefey got so upset that she had a breakdown and was hospitalized over it.
Nobody worries like your mom worries, folks.
But now, Mandy Teefey is opening up and setting the record straight about some of the wild stories about her feud with Selena.
Selena Gomez has been through so, so much. She’s waging an uphill battle against Lupus that, at times, seems to rob her of her strength and her ability to live her life.
At present, her rumored feud with her mother doesn’t seem to be doing her any favors, either.
While no one questions that Mandy Teefey isn’t exactly over the moon about the revival of Jelena, some of the stories that have been floating around about their mother-daughter tensions have been … quite something.
Like rumors that Selena was living with her mother and that her mom had somehow imposed a curfew upon her 25-year-old millionaire celebrity daughter in order to interfere with her romance.
Or rumors that she’s “demanded” that Selena get a breathalyzer test while dating Bieber, which … doesn’t make any sense. (Selena’s no alcoholic)
Speaking to Gossip Cop, Mandy Teefey wants to clear things up. First, she talks about Selena’s battle with Lupus.
“When you are young, you feel invincible and she had to learn that she was not able to be your typical 20 year old.”
That is so sad. But, of course, Mandy is so glad that Selena received a life-saving kidney transplant.
“Beyond blessed that we had Francia in our life.”
Francia Raisa made a truly powerful, selfless choice. And a dangerous one. Having a kidney removed is no joke.
Mandy says that, during the surgery, she was a “wreck inside not only for my daughter, but for Francia and her family.”
Of course. That had to be a weird feeling. And, understandably, Mandy was very, very emotional throughout the ordeal.
“I am pretty sure I am banned from that hospital [now].”
That’s a lot of nice stuff about Francia, but … how does Mandy describe Selena?
“Brave and fearless.”
Absolutely. To share her struggle with Lupus with the world, to share the news of her kidney transplant surgery, is a big deal.
But living her life every day, to the fullest, the way that Selana does is truly an act of courage.
“I was so proud of her bravery.”
Remember, folks — that kidney transplant wasn’t a cure. Lupus has treatments, but no cure. And Selena’s case of Lupus seems to be especially severe.
So, now that she’s being directly interviewed, how does Mandy feel about Selena’s latest reunion with the Biebs?
That much, we knew, but it sure would have been interesting if Mandy were pretending that it’s totally fine.
“Selena can live her life however she wants as long as she is happy, safe, and healthy.”
Those are some very reasonable caveats.
But the relationship that she describes having with Selena isn’t exactly the feud that we’ve been hearing about.
“Every mother and daughter has disagreements.”
And Mandy denies that her relationship with her daughter began to crumble in 2014 when she stopped being Selena’s manager. We’d heard reports that Selena’s reunion with Bieber was just one source of conflict.
“We never expected to manage her her whole life. We lost family time because the only time we saw her, we talked business.”
We were going to say that sounds like no fun, but Mandy beat us to it.
“It was no longer fun for any of us, like it was when she was younger and we had to be with her because she was a minor.”
Mandy sounds determined to quash the feud rumors, saying of Selena:
“She is 25 years old and knows what is at stake with her health. I do not control her the way it has been portrayed.”
Well, surely no one really believed that Mandy was somehow giving her adult millionaire celebrity daughter a curfew.
“Selena is an adult and can make her own choices.”
That’s very true. We don’t have to agree with Selena’s choices in order to like her, folks.