Selena Gomez’s Comments On Her Anxiety & Depression Are More Honest Than Ever Before

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She’s never shied away from discussing her struggles with mental health, but in a recent interview for Harper’s Bazaar, Selena Gomez said that she may never overcome her anxiety and depression — and that’s totally OK. The singer was interviewed by Katherine Langford —  the lead in 13 Reasons Why, which Gomez produced — and the two stars covered a lot of ground. But one question from Langford, in particular, prompted an especially insightful response.

After Gomez opened up about fashion (her first big purchase was a Louis Vuitton laptop bag), female role models (Meryl Streep, Grace VanderWaal, Amal Clooney), and fast-food chain, Chili’s (she loves the chips and queso), Langford posed one final question: “Do you think 2018 will be a better year than the one we just had?” Given how general the question is, Gomez could have easily offered something mundane along the lines of, “I sure hope so!” or “It can’t get much worse!”

Instead, Gomez took Langford’s question and ran with it. She immediately opened up about her mental health, and emphasized it as her first priority — not just in 2018, but for the rest of her life. “I’m going to say yes [2018 will be a better year] because I believe that for myself,” she said. “And anyone who knows me knows I will always start with my health and my well-being.”

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“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome…and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.” —@selenagomezhttp://hbaz.co/P84exV6 

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Gomez then went on to admit something in a way that’s she’s never really done before. She said that her mental health issues — anxiety and depression, in particular — will be something that she struggles with for the rest of her life.

“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it,” Gomez said, “but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome. There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!’ I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.”

On Feb. 1, The Blast reported that Gomez had recently completed a two-week treatment program for anxiety and depression at a facility in New York. Gomez didn’t confirm this news (Bustle reached out to her rep for comment), but she has been open about her struggles with depression in the past. The 26-year-old singer first spoke out about her mental health issues back in August 2016, when she announced in a statement to fans (via People) that she’d be canceling the remaining dates of her Revival World Tour, and taking a much-needed break from the spotlight.

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“I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,” she said. “Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

Gomez attributed her anxiety and depression to lupus, an autoimmune disease for which she’s undergone both chemotherapy, and more recently, a kidney transplant. “It is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus,” Kenneth M. Farber, co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, explained to People. “We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”

After revealing her health-focused intent for 2018, Gomez also spoke candidly about making new music. “My next album has been forever in the making,” she told Langford. “When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready. I mean, point-blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”

So far, so good, Selena. Keep doing what you’re doing. But whether she’s making new music or taking time off for her mental health, she can rest easy knowing that she’ll always have the support of her fans.

 When Is The Best Time To Book A Summer Vacation? You’ll Save Big In These 10 U.S. Cities If You Buy A Month In Advance

 

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost. Unfortunately, costs are generally higher in the summer months because so many other people want to travel, too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t save on summer travel. And, actually, if you haven’t booked a summer trip yet, you may be in luck.

“Don’t panic if you haven’t booked a summer getaway yet,” Brooke Ferencsik, the senior director of communications for TripAdvisor tells Bustle. “TripAdvisor hotel data shows that booking your room within a month of your summer trip can save you as much as 40 percent compared to peak rates. You can save a bundle on airfare too: Booking your flight three to four weeks in advance of your summer trip can save you up to 58 percent, compared to peak summer airfares.”

Those tips are based on TripAdvisor’s just-released “best time to book” research, which looked at hotel savings when compared with peak rates, based on TripAdvisor data from July 2016 to August 2017. With over 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants on the site and price comparisons with more than 200 hotel booking sites, their data set is pretty solid. They found that across the board you can save around 15 percent if you book within a month of your trip and that for some cities, the savings were even higher. They also found that the average price for a U.S. hotel this summer is $236 per night.

Not surprisingly, the list of the top 10 cities where you can save big if you book within a month of your trip include the two most expensive cities in the country: New York and San Francisco. But it also some includes some surprising cities that you might not have considered visiting before, like Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. Maybe these awesome savings will inspire you to visit somewhere new this summer! Because while everyone should absolutely go to New York City at least once, I’m 100 percent about seeing more of this huge country of ours.

1New York City

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 40 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $277 per night

2Las Vegas

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 40 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $161 per night

3Minneapolis

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 37 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $190 per night

4Washington, D.C.

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 34 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $232 per night

5Miami

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 34 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $153 per night

6Philadelphia

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 33 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $202 per night

7New Orleans

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 32 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $224 per night

8Atlanta

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 31 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $184 per night

9San Francisco

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Maximum potential savings versus peak pricing: 31 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $297 per night

10Pittsburgh

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Maximum potential savings vs. peak pricing: 25 percent

Average summer hotel pricing on TripAdvisor: $190 per night

Looking for more money saving tips as you dream about travel to far off places? It’s worth considering traveling in the off-season, taking a weekend tripsomewhere close to home, or even consider a cheap, unexpected trip that is on the less expensive side. But whenever you choose to travel, there are always travel hacks. You just have to be willing to get a little creative.

Source:  www.bustle.com

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