Selena Gomez is known for being candid about her health. Selena, who reportedly completed a two-week outpatient treatment program in New York City for depression and anxiety just last week, said she’s determined to make this year better than the last by “[starting] with my health and my well-being.”
“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. There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!'” Selena, who has been refreshingly open and honest with her fans about her mental health issues for the past several years, said. “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’m starting my year off with that thought. I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”
Selena added that, while she’s always focusing on bettering her mental health, she isn’t trying to match up to her or anyone else’s expectations for her other endeavors. “I don’t really set goals, ’cause I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t reach them, but I do want to work on my music, too,” she said. “My next album has been forever in the making. When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready. I mean, point-blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now, I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”
The 25-year-old, who has been the most-followed person on Instagram for the past two years in a row, also opened up about how social media is simultaneously incredibly empowering and incredibly harmful for her entire generation.