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Selena Gomez Talks Social Media, Mental Health and Putting Herself First

By Hayden Wright

February 7, 2018

Selena Gomez has been upfront about her struggles with anxiety and depression. In a new cover interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the singer and actress discusses the life-long implications of that fight. 

The upshot: In 2018, Selena says, she will work on putting herself (and her wellbeing) first.

“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 said. “I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m OK with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.”

Meanwhile, the "Queen of Instagram" said social media’s effect is a double-edged sword. On one hand, platforms like Instagram connect people all over the world but on the other, they offer “a false representation of what’s important.”

“Thanks to the Internet, no matter who you are, you know you’re not alone," Selena explains. "Maybe a young boy or girl growing up in the South or wherever is confused and terrified to be who they are because they don’t think it’s right. Now they can see all around them people living free of pain, of hidden agendas, of secrets.”

In September, Entercom radio stations aired the “I’m Listening” program on World Suicide Prevention Day to end the stigma of talking about mental health. You can listen to the entire two-hour broadcast (which featured artists from Halsey to Jack Antonoff to Khalid and more) by clicking here.

Meanwhile, ImListening.org has links to additional resources and support for those in need