Selena Gomez is speaking out about a major epiphany she had after learning she had bipolar disorder.
The “Wolves” singer, 29, spoke with Elle magazine for the September issue about her mental health struggles as well as the relief she felt after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“I felt a huge weight lifted off me when I found out,” Gomez said. “I could take a deep breath and go, ‘Okay, that explains so much.’”
The actress continued, “There were all things that honestly should have taken me down. Every time I went through something, I was like, ‘What else? What else am I going to have to deal with?’”
Selena Gomez was diagnosed with lupus in 2014 and underwent a kidney transplant as well as chemotherapy.
She revealed the mantra she repeated to herself every day to help her get through her ordeals, “‘You’re going to help people.'” … “That was really what kept me going,” she explained.
Selena also stated that staying away from social media has helped her anxiety and that she gave her passwords to her assistant in 2017.
“I’m like, ‘I’ve got to do something more. After I’m gone, I want people to remember me for my heart. This tiny little phone that had 150 million people on it I just put it down. That was such a relief for me,” the songstress detailed.
Selena Gomez also recalled, “there could have been a time when I wasn’t strong enough and would have done something to hurt myself.”
Selena had previously spoken openly about her struggles with anxiety and depression. She first revealed her bipolar disorder on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram Live show “Bright Minded” in April 2020.
Gomez told her ex-Disney co-star, “Recently I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that, after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar.
“And so when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it … I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away.”