Selena Gomez is a worldwide pop star, a former Disney Channel darling who has risen to the top of the charts for songs like “Taki Taki” and “Hands to Myself.” She is what the entertainment industry calls a “triple threat,” that is, she is a talented actress, singer, and dancer.
In spite of Gomez’s numerous skills, she has been in the headlines most often for her personal life. From her health problems to her long-running relationship with Justin Bieber, it seems as though the tabloids always have something to say about Gomez.
However, the young star recently spoke out in an intimate interview, revealing that she actually doesn’t regret being so open about what goes on in her life.
How did Selena Gomez become a star?
Gomez was born in Texas in 1992. She was named after the iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, setting the stage for what was to happen in her future. Gomez was primarily raised by her mother since her parents divorced when she was only five years old.
Gomez’s mother worked as a stage actress, and even though the two experienced a lot of tough times during Gomez’s childhood, she was inspired by her mother’s dedication to her and her career.
When Selena Gomez was ten years old, she was cast in the TV series Barney & Friends. She worked on the show for several years, ultimately gaining enough attention to get cast on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.
She also became close friends with fellow Disney star Demi Lovato, forming a lifelong bond with the young singer. Following Gomez’s starring turn on Wizards of Waverly Place, she began gaining notoriety for her impressive singing voice, and she eventually made a transition from actress to singer.
Selena Gomez has struggled with her health
At the height of her fame, Gomez was sidelined by a serious health condition.
In 2014, Gomez was hospitalized for lupus. She later revealed that she underwent chemotherapy during that time. Several years later, she would undergo a kidney transplant.
Even with her autoimmune issues, Gomez was dealing with an even worse illness. As Gomez later revealed, she has suffered for many years with mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. She even admitted that she has sought professional help for these issues on occasion.
The young star has been criticized for sharing her health struggles, but as she admitted in an April 13th interview, there’s a good reason why she decided to start being so open.
Why is Selena Gomez so open about her life?
Gomez is under constant scrutiny and pressure, but she has figured out a way to take control of her own life, even when that doesn’t seem possible. In an interview conducted by comedian Amy Schumer, Gomez revealed that she became motivated to share personal things about her life pretty early on in the fame game.
As she stated: “My intention was never to become a tabloid. So when things kind of happened that way, it got out of control. And then I was like, ‘Wait, none of this is true.’”
Gomez realized that something had to change. She added: “The way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad, when in reality there’s nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love. I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative and it was killing me. I’m so young and I’m going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life’s going.”
Gomez has no regrets about how she’s lived her life so far — and it is clear that she will continue to experience success in the future, with such a mature outlook.
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