Selena Gomez – The pop singer bravely spoke openly about the topics in a virtual chat with Dr. Vivek Murthy to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday. Selena Gomez is brave more than ever and opens up about her mental health and social media use amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, through a virtual chat with Dr. Vivek Murthy on World Mental Health Day, the 28-year-old singer spoke openly and elaboarted about chronic loneliness and the “healing power of human connection,” as she said that this year and it was difficult for her. “At first I couldn’t handle it very well,” the “Rare” singer told Murthy, who was the US surgeon general during the Obama Administration. “I kind of went into a bit of a depression.”
Gomez revealed how she found compelling and healthy ways to cope. Gomez said her recently released beauty line Rare Beauty and her stint in the studio helped her maintain a positive outlook throughout the global health crisis.
“Slowly, towards the end, I found things I’m doing are coming out, and that was extremely waiting for me,” she said. “So I would say right now, I’m fully coming out again, and I just think I had to handle it the way I needed to handle it, and got through it with the right people and doing the right steps to not make me go crazy.”
When they spent their time together, the couple also discussed social media, with Murthy explaining that technology can be both good and bad in times of loneliness and uncertainty.
During the Bright Minded Instagram show, Disney Channel colleague Miley Cyrus on Friday, the “Rare” singer, 27, opened up about discovering she was bipolar — a mental health issue that causes swings mood extremes that include emotional highs and lows — for the first time in years of struggling with her mental health.
“Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez told Cyrus. “And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”
“I’ve been writing a lot. I think that that’s been helping me process what’s been going on,” Gomez said. “A lot of it is connecting with people that maybe you haven’t been the greatest to that you may not have thought about. I feel like there’s been a lot of people I’ve gotten to do that with, not necessarily saying it was bad, but just saying, ‘Hey, I hope you’re safe. I hope you’re doing okay,’ and that you know you’re on my side. I’m only sending you love from this end.”
Gomez, who has been open about her use of social media in the past, told Murthy that she questions her use of social platforms quite often.
“And then this stigma came: What would people think? But when I thought about it, my first answer was, ‘I don’t care, this is my truth.’ I’m not a stigma. I’m a person that walks their life.”
Speaking of his ups and downs, Gomez hopes she’ll help fans facing similar issues feel less alone.