Selena Gomez is well aware that mental health is a lifelong war. Covering the March 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Gomez opened up about dealing with her anxiety and depression in 2018.
“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,” she confessed.
“There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress— I won!’ 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,” continued Gomez. “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.”
Gomez, 25, also opened up about her uneasy relationship with Instagram. The Queen of Instagram is the most-followed person on the platform and owns two of the top 10 most-liked photos ever, but she recognizes the unhealthy fixation many have with social media.
“I have a complex relationship with Instagram, to say the least,” admitted the “Wolves” singer. “It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true.’
“So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth. The only thing that worries me is how much value people our age place on social media. It’s an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways it’s given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important… Probably one of my most difficult relationships.”
Gomez also dished on her upcoming third studio album. “My next album has been forever in the making,” she revealed. “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.”