Singer and actress Selena Gomez is making a brave admission.
On Friday, during a chat with Miley Cyrus on her "Bright Minded" Instagram Live series, Gomez revealed that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Selena shared, “Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in... America, McClean 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 got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn't scare me once I know it."
“I think people get scared of that, right? They're like, 'Oh!' And I've seen it, I've seen some of it even in my own family, where I'm like, 'What's going on?' I'm from Texas, it's just not known to talk about mental health. You got to seem cool. And then I see anger built up in children and teenagers or, whatever, young adults because they are wanting that so badly. I just feel like when I finally said what I was going to say, I wanted to know everything about it. And it took the fear away,” Selena explained.
The 27-year-old added, “When I was younger, I was scared of thunderstorms and my mom bought me all these books on thunderstorms and she was like, 'The more you educate yourself on this, the more that you're not going to be afraid.' It completely worked. That's something that helps me big-time.”
In 2019, Selena expressed her appreciation for McLean Hospital while being honored with the 2019 McLean Award. During her speech, she said, “Last year, I was suffering mentally and emotionally and I wasn't able to stay all kept up and together. I wasn't able to keep a smile or to keep things looking normal. It felt like all of my pain and my anxiety washed over me all at once and it was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
She went on, “I sought support and the doctors were able to give me a clear diagnosis. The moment I received that information, I actually felt equal parts of terrified and relieved. Terrified, obviously, because that veil was lifted, but relieved that I had the knowledge of why I had suffered for so many years with depression and anxiety.”
Over the years, Gomez has been more open about her mental-health journey. Earlier this year, Selena opened up about how the right medication changed her life, telling WSJ. Magazine, “My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time. I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief. I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust. I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”