Selena Gomez is opening up the conversation on mental health. Over the weekend, the pop star moderated a Q&A with Good Time director Josh Safdie and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, and she didn’t hold anything back when it came to her own journey.
“A lot of you probably don’t know why I’m here. I actually don’t know why I’m here either, but these guys are really cool,” she joked, according to ET. “A little while ago I was actually on bed rest, and it’s probably the worst time to watch Heaven Knows What or the best time, depending on your mental state. I ended up becoming extremely fascinated with the boys and kind of forced them to become my friend a little bit.”
“People may not know this, but Selena’s an avid movie devourer. She will just devour a movie and watch, like a [Brian] De Palma movie, like, four or five times a day,” Safdie added.
The film, which touches on mental health, depression, and addiction, resonated deeply with Gomez. “For me, personally, I really liked the mental aspect of it, because I’ve done a lot of those exercises that you put in,” she said. “So, the beginning of the movie stuck with me because I actually … I’m very open, it’s not really a secret, but I, for sure, have talked about that, and I’ve done a lot of those exercises.”
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Of course, this isn’t the first time Gomez has spoken about being in control of her mental health. InStyle’s September cover star told us about her 90 days in a rehab facility last year. “Everything I cared about, I stopped caring about. I came out, and it felt like, ‘OK, I can only go forward.’ And there are still days. I go to therapy. I believe in that and talking about where you are. But I’m in a really, really healthy place,” she said in our cover story.
“I was in the countryside and never did my hair; I took part in equine therapy, which is so beautiful. And it was hard, obviously. But I knew what my heart was saying, and I thought, ‘OK, I think this has helped me become stronger for other people.’”
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