Selena Gomez Shares Identity and Mental Health Struggles in New Interview

How the international star built a franchise from early misconceptions

September 10, 2020

Selena Gomez laid bare her unvarnished perspective on overtly sexual career expectations during an interview with Allure magazine. The artist detailed moments that shaped her persona as a child actor, to international superstar, for the magazine’s "Best of Beauty" issue.

At the age of 10, the “Ice Cream” singer appeared in episodes of the children’s show Barney. Her star quickly rose to prominence thanks to a role on Wizards of Waverly Place, and a successful singing career. But it was during that time Selena began to feel industry pressure to sexualize her persona.

“I just did things that weren’t really me,” Gomez explained. “There was pressure to seem more adult on my album, 'Revival.' [I felt] the need to show skin… I really don’t think I was [that] person.”

Her difficulties pushed Selena to focus more on mental health. It was during that period she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “But I think I’m happy to understand it,” she said. “Once I did find out more about who I was, I was proud. I also felt comfortable knowing that I wasn’t alone, and I was going to get through it. So I will always be passionate about that. It’s something I will continue to talk about.”

Gomez told Allure she copes with bi-polar by avoiding social media. “I honestly can’t [google myself]. I’m strong in a lot of ways, but I think I just have way too much of a sensitive heart."

The multi-talented artist’s music career continues to thrive, collaborating with K-pop group BLACKPINK on the single “Ice Cream.”

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