When Demi Lovato suffered a drug overdose in July, many famous friends publicly spoke out in support of the star.
Meanwhile, childhood friend Selena Gomez was reaching out to Lovato behind the scenes.
Gomez is on the October cover of Elle and opening up for the first time about Demi’s emergency.
Selena explained, “All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I… I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So… it’s… that’s what I’ll say.”
Gomez also opens up about the many changes in her own life.
She recently moved to Orange County, sold her Calabasas home, and is in the process of selling her Texas estate and Studio City bungalow.
“It’s been such a release,” she said. “L.A.’s just gotten really claustrophobic for me. I can’t do any of the things I do here in L.A. It’s just impossible.”
Selena later added, “I think everything in my life is being majorly downsized, in a very good way,” she said. “I’m going back to simplicity. That’s always who I’ve been. It’s not me saying, ‘I feel the best I’ve ever felt.’ It’s me saying, ‘I’m exactly where I am. And I’m so happy I’m in this place.’ It’s a lot of self-discovery. From 20 to 26? Oh, my gosh. I feel like a totally different person.”
Gomez is currently working on a new album and volunteering as an intern with A21, a global anti–human-trafficking nonprofit.
She says of her life today, “It’s peaceful. It’s weird. The moment I turned 26, I felt 26… I feel very sure of where I am. I don’t feel erratic or emotionally unstable. Or like I can’t handle my emotions, like I used to. It’s kind of understanding myself a little more. By all means I don’t have myself figured out. But it feels good.”
Pick up the October 2018 issue of Elle on newsstands September 25.