Selena Gomez is not one to shy away from the public eye. She’s been very open about her chronic illness, lupus, and when she decided to take a break in the fall of 2016, she was honest with her fans about why. “You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best,” she said at the time. “I know I am not alone and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
The “Bad Liar” singer subsequently spent time away from the spotlight to focus on her mental and physical health, and now she’s opening up about the experience and sharing details of her stay at the Tennessee facility.
In an interview for In Style magazine, Gomez shared exactly what happened during her time in treatment for exhaustion and to care for her emotional health. “I went away for 90 days, and it was the best thing that I ever could’ve done. I had no phone, nothing, and I was scared,” she revealed. “But it was amazing, and I learned a lot.” One thing she learned is that self-care is an ongoing process.
“I came out, and it felt like, ‘OK, I can only go forward.’ And there are still days. I go to therapy. I believe in that and talking about where you are,” she explained. “But I’m in a really, really healthy place.”
During her time in treatment, Gomez changed her priorities. “I was in the countryside and never did my hair; I took part in equine therapy, which is so beautiful. And it was hard, obviously. But I knew what my heart was saying, and I thought, ‘OK, I think this has helped me become stronger for other people.'”
Getting back into the spotlight was a little scary. But she says she needed to do it for her fans. “When I came out, I was asked to go to the American Music Awards, and everyone around me was like, ‘Do whatever makes you comfortable.’ I didn’t want my fans to have a negative view of taking care of yourself, so I just went in head-on, and I’ll tell you, the first time stepping on that carpet was so overwhelming,” she admits. “I felt like my back was sweating.”
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(h/t People; photo via Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)