Selena Gomez Opens Up About Depression & Mental Health in Vogue’s April 2017 Issue
Former Disney star and pop music artist Selena Gomez serves as the cover girl for the April 2017 issue of Vogue magazine. Set to hit newsstands on March 28, the issue is a special one for Selena as it is her FIRST United States Vogue issue!
Inside her cover story titled Cool, Candid, Courageous: Selena Gets Real, the 24-year-old actress and singer opened up about her battle with depression, as well as why she took a break from social media. She also addressed the struggles she faced when it came to the transition of her music (and subsequently, her fans) and how that affected a great deal of her mental health.
Along with her interview, Selena poses with photography duo Mert & Marcus where she wears pieces from Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga – just to name a few:
ON DELETING INSTAGRAM FOR A WHILE: “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”
ON CANCELING HER REVIVAL TOUR: “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion.”
ON SEEKING HELP FOR HER DEPRESSION: “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. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”
ON DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY: “DBT has completely changed my life. I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”
I’ve been a fan of Selena Gomez since the Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007 and I watched her grow from a shy child-star to an inspiring young woman. The hate and media attention she received from dating Justin Bieber almost broke her completely, but she’s standing tall today and she’s stronger than ever. This is truly her revival era.