Selena Gomez Says She Went 'Into a Bit of a Depression' at the Start of Quarantine
Over the weekend, Selena Gomez and Dr. Vivek Murthy, the General Surgeon under President Barack Obama, conducted an Instagram Live to discuss chronic loneliness as part of the Social Summit Social Health Social Summit of her Rare Beauty for World Mental Health Day. Gomez spoke openly to Dr. Murthy of her own difficulties dealing with the quarantine and the isolation she has put on everyone for the past six months or more, saying she went through "a little depression" initially.
"I'd say I'm a big extrovert so I understand it's a little harder," Gomez began after hearing about Dr. Murthy asked if the experience is different for extroverted and introverted people. "Or at least I feel because my other [introverted] friend finds what you are explaining to be peaceful and has time to process. And I want to, 'I need to talk to someone! I have to do something!' So I definitely get that. "
Gomez then admitted that "I wasn't that good with it at first [quarantine]. I was kind of depressed. And then I went to a place where I really wrote and was active. And then it got me probably just forced to have this time. And again I was able to spend a lot more time with these good people than ever before. And spend a lot more time with my family, and I almost feel like I have normalized myself in this situation that's not normal. "
"But yeah, I mean my job is traveling a lot, connecting with people, making people happy, and that makes me happy, so it was a struggle," she continued. "I think I even posted on my Instagram where I cried and explained how much I miss her to all the people who followed me. It's okay [that it was difficult]. Slowly, towards the end, I did found things. What I do comes out and that was something really exciting for me, I've been working on personal things like a beauty line that has - our goal is to make $ 100 million in 10 years for that mental health. And we have all these differences, things that got me bogged down. And recently I was able to go to the studio, so now I would say, I'll get it all out. I just think I handled it like that I needed it and I got through this with the right people and did the right things and took the right steps not to drive myself crazy. "
Gomez went on to talk about her relationship with social media and why she hasn't had apps on her phone in years. "Well, it took me years to really work on myself [to get to a better place] so sometimes technology is blamed for this," she began. "I'm very vocal about technology. Personally, I haven't had social media on my phone in two years. Although I use the platform, I make sure I approve and write things I want to write, but don't see it's on you and it's not on my phone, so I firmly believe that social media and its technology are blamed for increasing loneliness and separation. I'm pretty excited about this topic. "
She asked Dr. Murthy, as he brought up the subject, and he said the reason people post something - asking for confirmation instead of just having a moment of authentic self-expression - is really important.
"I agree," said Gomez. "I appreciate what you said about it because I was so antisocial, maybe too far, just because on my end of course, social media inclusion was about my personal life and it was used to say these things and me felt like every day, I woke up and said, "Why am I doing this?" As if I keep doing things wrong or when they think I am this sellout, wrong, not real, not authentic, which is every part of my being , these words hurt and they don't add anything to my life. And the truth is, they're lies. That's how I dealt with it by saying it, you know what? I'll get out because it doesn't help me at all. "
You can see their full discussion below:
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