Selena Gomez: I'm Stronger Than You Think — So Stop Worrying About Me!

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Selena Gomez has been through some shit.

At only 27 years old, she’s had one the most high-profile relationships in teen celebrity history, had a kidney transplant, gone for treatment for depression and anxiety, and has had three #1 albums.

So it’s natural that her fans would be concerned for her wellbeing. But Selena is so much stronger than you think. And while she appreciates your concerns, she’s good. She promises.

In her new cover story for Interview magazine, Selena’s friend Amy Schumer asked her point-blank: Should we be worried about you?

The answer: No.

Selena explained,

“People worry about me because I’ve had some trouble in the past. And it’s kind, it is. But I’m okay. I deal with what I deal with, and if I feel like I’m having a rough week or I’m not up to doing something, I don’t do it.”

In other words, the girl can handle herself just fine, thank you very much.

So yeah, she may have some mental health struggles (honestly, who doesn’t these days?), but she knows how to “keep herself afloat.”

And truth is, the media makes her life out to be way worse than it actually is.

“The way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad, when in reality there’s nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love.”

She added,

“I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative and it was killing me. I’m so young and I’m going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life’s going.”

Selena has more than “opened up,” at this point. She’s never afraid to go deep on depression, anxiety, or whatever else is going on with her, whether it’s through her music or in an interview. She even recently talked about her bipolar diagnosis with Miley Cyrus on Instagram and said,

“Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital. I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar. And so, when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”

But despite everything you might’ve read about her, Selena is thriving. Her latest album Rare went straight to #1 and received critical acclaim across the board.

The album is a huge pivot from her previous albums both in sound and in content. It’s much more mature than her previous music, which makes sense given her last album Revival was released back in 2015.

But Sel has grown up a lot since then, both in self-awareness and confidence. So yeah, last time you saw her, she was a kid who was in a toxic relationship with Justin Bieber. But that was a different girl and it’s time you let that image of her go.

Because now, she finally knows her self-worth. And she’d never let a guy take advantage of her like that again. Shortly after her album dropped in January, she told Apple Music,

“I’m not being conceited, I’m saying it’s actually an honor to be with me because I think I’m a great person and I love people deeply and I won’t tolerate ever being treated the way that I had been.”

So before you start to worry about Selena Gomez again, save yourself some time. Because Selena is stronger than ever.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.