After a stressful year, Selena Gomez is now putting her health first.
Last summer, the “Perfect” singer underwent a kidney transplant thanks to her longtime friend, Francia Raisa, becoming her organ donor.
Since then, she has been candid about her struggles with mental health and the challenges she has faced growing up as a child star.
“It’s a lonely journey to really figure out where all this stuff is coming from. And to detach from it. It becomes an addiction, it becomes a habit, retraining your mind to not go to these negative places when you say something wrong, do something wrong, when you wear a certain thing or represent a certain culture,” she told The Business of Fashion last year about trying to stay positive and healthy. “But it is lonely, I had to lose a lot of people in my life to get there.”
In August 2016, Gomez announced that she was stepping away from the spotlight to “focus on maintaining my health and happiness” after suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” as side effects of her lupus.
“I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not. I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” she shared on stage at the American Music Awards. “I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down. If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”
Sources confirm at the time that her break was not a result of alcohol or substance abuse. Sources later confirm that she was seeking professional help to work on her emotional health.
In December, sources shared that Gomez was not currently speaking to her mother Mandy Teefey.
“After all the noise that happened over the holidays, she felt like she needed this,” says the source of her recent health situation.