Selena Gomez Says She Went Through ‘a Bit of a Depression’ During Quarantine

Emily Tannenbaum
·2 mins read

Selena Gomez is once again at the forefront of celebrities speaking out in support of mental health awareness.

As a part of her new beauty company's Rare Beauty Mental Health Social Summit for World Mental Health Day, the pop star hopped on an Instagram Live on October 10 for a candid conversation with Vivek Murthy, M.D., former surgeon general under President Barack Obama. During the pair's 25-minute chat, Gomez opened up about her own feelings of loneliness throughout quarantine, admitting she went through “a bit of a depression.”

"I’d say I’m a big-time extrovert, so I get that it’s a bit harder," she told Vivek, per Elle. "In the beginning, I couldn't deal with [quarantine] that well. I kind of went into a bit of a depression. And then I started going into a place where I was really writing and being active. And then I guess it just forced me to have that time. And again, I’ve been able to spend time with those quality people a lot more than I ever have. And spending a lot more time with my family, and I almost feel like I’ve become normalized in this situation that’s not normal."

Gomez hopes that by being open about her own struggles, she can show that “it's okay" to be having a hard time. “I think I even posted on my Instagram where I was crying, explaining to all the people who were following me how much I miss them,” she said. “It’s okay [that it’s been difficult].”

The beauty mogul also shared that she's keeping busy with Rare Beauty—its goal is to raise $100 million for mental health in the next 10 years—as well as going into the studio. “I would say right now I’m fully coming out again,” she said. “I just think I had handled it the way I needed to handle it, and I got through that with the right people and doing the right things and doing the right steps to not make me go crazy.”

You can watch their full conversation, below. 

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