Selena Gomez (27) lets Instagram look in her heart about the difficult period she has had. During the past year, the singer was confronted with a lot of mental problems, after which she said she collapsed and she had a nervous breakdown.
“I think it’s better if we tell the truth and so this is my truth,” Selena begins her frank message. “Last year I suffered mental and emotional pain, and I couldn’t keep everything together. I could not smile and was no longer able to do normally. It felt like all my pain and fear suddenly poured out over me. It was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
Once she was in treatment, doctors were able to make a diagnosis – something that made her both relieved and anxious. “I was terrified because the veil was lifted but relieved because I finally found out why I have been suffering from depression and anxiety for so many years.”
Although Gomez is still fighting her demons, she has already made enormous progress. “After a year of much and intense work, I am happier, healthier and I have more control over my emotions and thoughts than ever. So I am very happy with that.” Despite her trials, Selena emphasizes that her frankness about her problems does not make her “weak”, it makes her “human”.
“For me, it feels good to share that I have personally experienced the effects of both depression and anxiety. It is not easy. I feared being misunderstood and judged,” she writes. “I know I have already had many opportunities that have made my life exceptionally beautiful – and yet I sometimes struggle with my own thoughts and feelings. But this does not destroy me, this does not make me weak. This doesn’t make me less, this makes me a human. We need help and we need each other.”