- Selena Gomez has opened up about her mental health journey and said that she is more empowered than ever before
- The ex-Disney star is an interview said she found social media to be an important tool in expressing herself
- Selena mentioned that she loves being able to control the stories around her mental health struggles without them getting "twisted"
Selena Gomez has been candid about her mental health journey since revealing that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has made sure to use her platform to bring attention to the importance of mental wellbeing.
More recently, the star was featured in a discussion that she had with her mother with a news outlet.
The chat saw Selena open up about how she found social media empowering because she could control what she was saying and be able to directly talk to her fans about her struggles without second-hand interpretations.
Speaking to TheNewsette.com, Selena said the first time she shared her story, it became manipulated:
"But I got so angry that my story was twisted into so many different things"
msn.com reported Selena as also having mentioned that once she had spoken openly on her own social media, that there was no opportunity for people to distort her feelings or misquote her words:
"I think that was my moment when I knew [nobody] was going to take my story away from me. On my own social media, I got to tell the truth. And once I started claiming my own name, I think people understood my mental health journey."
In other celebrity news, Briefly.co.za reported earlier this year on Somizi taking to social media to chat openly with his fans and followers about his struggles with depression and anxiety. The SA star spoke about his own difficulties in battling with his mental health even in times when everything goes well for him.
Somizi mentioned how, despite all aspects of his life being in a good place at the moment, the dark and anxious thoughts still creep into his mind and steal joy. In the video, he mentioned how he had woken up feeling down that very morning after starting his day on a bad note.
The TV personality also said that lately his mind had been plagued by anxious thoughts. He said that even though his family, marriage and career were all in positive places, that he still feels "scared of what might go wrong".
Somizi said in the video that he didn't realise anxiety could be a disorder and that he opened up to a colleague about feeling scared and anxious "all the time". He also mentioned that no matter what seems to be going right in someone's life, nobody has it all together: "Even the happiest they don't got it all together, I don't have it all together, I go through fears, anxiety and depression." Some supportive followers chimed in:
@lulama.malangeni: "It is okay not to be okay, forcing positivity can be toxic, allow yourself to feel."
@marthatlale: "I teared up. We all have a tolerance level for what life throws at us. And what empties my happy bucket may seem trivial to the next person. But we really all have our “things”. And it’s okay. A day at a time"
Most of the comments contained words of support and messages of people sharing their own experiences of their mental health journey. Somizi was thanked for giving everyone a reminder that they are not alone and that the conversation around mental health needs to remain open.
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