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Selena Gomez opens up about struggles with bipolar disorder

Selena Gomez got candid about her mental health struggles through the years.

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11/06/2022 04:33 PM
Selena Gomez opens up about struggles with bipolar disorder
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Selena Gomez got candid about her mental health struggles through the years.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer opened up about living with bipolar disorder.

"I’m going to be very open with everybody about this: I’ve been to four treatment centers," she revealed.


Selena said that it was around her early twenties "when it started to get really dark."

She explained: "I started to feel like I was not in control of what I was feeling, whether that was really great or really bad." 

"It would start with depression, then it would go into isolation. Then it just was me not being able to move from my bed. I didn’t want anyone to talk to me,” she added.

“My friends would bring me food because they love me, but none of us knew what it was. Sometimes it was weeks I’d be in bed, to where even walking downstairs would get me out of breath,” she continued.

While she also admitted that she had suicidal thoughts, she never made an attempt to take away her own life. 

"I thought the world would be better if I wasn't there," she said. 

Selena went on to share that she had expectations of how her life would turn out growing up. When those things did not happen, it affected her mental health.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I grew up thinking I would be married at 25. It wrecked me that I was nowhere near that — couldn't be farther from it. It was so stupid, but I really thought my world was over," she said. 

The pop star also confessed that growing up, she felt out of place in the entertainment industry. 

"I never fit in with a cool group of girls that were celebrities. My only friend in the industry really is Taylor [Swift], so I remember feeling like I didn’t belong. I felt the presence of everyone around me living full lives,” she said.

“I had this position, and I was really happy, but … was I? Do these materialistic things make me happy? [I realized] I just didn’t like who I was, because I didn’t know who I was," she added.

READ: Selena Gomez opens up about mental health journey in ‘My Mind and Me’

Selena recently released the Alek Keshishian-helmed documentary My Mind & Me which chronicles her 6-year-journey as she faced her mental health struggles. The documentary had its world premiere at the American Film Institute Fest 2022. 

In an interview at the film festival, Selena shared how her collaboration with Alex started. 

"We decided to attempt to do a tour documentary but we soon realized that there was so much more going on than just the tour that I eventually ended up cancelling,” she said.

“And he kind of came in these moments of my life that were beautiful, complicated, tragic and I felt comfortable with just sharing what I was walking through with Alek," she added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When asked why she decided to put out the documentary which chronicles the most personal moments in her life, Selena responded: "I think someone asked me if I feel I did too much and I'm not gonna lie and say that maybe there were a few moments that were scary to offer up." 

"But at the same time if anything you take away from this, I hope people will understand my purpose here is supposed to be connection,” she added.

“It's supposed to be helping other people. It will always go back to the one thing that I care about which is helping people. So I kind of use myself as a sacrifice in order for people to have the hard conversations,” she continued.

My Mind & Me started streaming on Apple TV+ on November 4.