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Selena Gomez Tells 'Vogue' Her 'Self-Esteem Was Shot' Before Taking Time Off From Spotlight

Selena Gomez Tells 'Vogue' Her 'Self-Esteem Was Shot' Before Taking Time Off From Spotlight

Selena Gomez is sizzling hot as she takes the cover of Vogue magazine’s April issue, available on newsstands on March 28!

Here’s what the 24-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:

On deleting Instagram from her phone: “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”

On seeking help for anxiety and depression: “You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls. Real people who couldn’t give two shits about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was the best thing I’ve done.”

On taking some time off during her Revival World Tour: “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion. I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd raise up their pinkies and make a pinky promise never to allow anybody to make them feel that they weren’t good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s, and I’m looking into their eyes, and I don’t know what to say. I couldn’t say, ‘Everybody, let’s pinky-promise that you’re beautiful!’ It doesn’t work that way, and I know it because I’m dealing with the same shit they’re dealing with. What I wanted to say is that life is so stressful, and I get the desire to just escape it. But I wasn’t figuring my own stuff out, so I felt I had no wisdom to share. And so maybe I thought everybody out there was thinking, This is a waste of time.”

For more from Selena, visit Vogue.com!

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Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; Photos: Vogue
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  • LolaLola

    poor baby. fighting for your life? dramatic much?

  • Juliettemvp

    She actually said fighting for THEIR lives. I feel like she was talking about the other people in rehab that had major issues they were working on. Realising her celebrity didn’t matter there because there were all fighting to survive their own demons.

  • LolaLola

    she’s a drama queen.

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    She fails miserably trying to create drama

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    Hoping this chapter in her life is over with, such a beautiful young lady and she has a bit of talent too, its def evolving and growing for sure! She should always own it, have confidence in it and walk with her head held high, at the end of the day, you live within yourself first. Don’t ever let anyones words break you girl!!!

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  • Jenn Barnette

    Ya’ll ought to be ashamed of yourselves. She is dealing with things in the publics eyes and you want to call that drama. I know what she is going through and I couldn’t imagine how much harder it is for her being famous. Ya’ll have no clue and if you don’t have anything nice to say then shut the fuck up! She is too nice to say it but I’m not! Selena I am proud of you and I am glad you are taking time for your body to heal. I know what you are going through with the depression and anxiety. I had to take time to work on me and learn coping skills. I am so glad the girls treated you like a regular person because that is important. I hope you have a network of people dealing with the same thing to talk with. That is very important to be able to talk to people that understand. I am here if you wanna hit me back.

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    Gorgeous girl. But I do think she’s a bit hard on herself.

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