Selena Gomez opens up about her struggle with depression and anxiety
Being the most popular person in the world comes with its setbacks, and popstar/actress/producer/maybe girlfriend to Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez has always spoken honestly about these, using her Instagram platform and celebrity status to highlight her struggles with anxiety and depression. It is perhaps this candid and authentic approach to mental health that contributes to her worldwide adoration. The twenty-five year old spoke to Katherine Langford - star of the Gomez-produced Netflix series 13 Reasons Why - for Harper's Bazaar US where the pair once again tapped into mental health.
"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," Gomez explained. "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 want to make sure I'm healthy. If that's good, everything else will fall into place."
Gomez produced the hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, starring Langford as a teenager who struggles with the pressures of relationships that come with being a young person to the point of suicide. The show has been confirmed for its second season.
Langford and Gomez also discussed the influence of social media - Instagram in particular - among millennials, with Gomez admitting that her relationship with the platform is perhaps one of her "most difficult relationships."
"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."
The article originally appears in the March 2018 issue of Harper's Bazaar US. You can read the entire interview here.
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