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Selena Gomez revealed she “went into a bit of a depression” during quaratine

"In the beginning, I couldn't deal with quarantine that well."

Selena Gomez has a track record of being open and sharing candidly about her mental health and bipolar disorder diagnosis. Recently, the singer and Rare Beauty founder revealed that, just like us, she too had a bit of a mental health struggle during the COVID-19 induced isolation and quarantine this year. As part of the Rare Beauty Mental Health Social Summit for World Mental Health Day, Gomez jumped on her Instagram Live for a chat with Vivek Murthy, M.D., the former surgeon general under President Barack Obama.

Throughout their 25-minute conversation, Gomez shared that her extroverted nature made the quarantine even harder for her. “I’d say I’m a big-time extrovert, so I get that it’s a bit harder.” 

“In the beginning, I couldn’t deal with [quarantine] that well. I kind of went into a bit of a depression,” the singer admitted. Considering how lonely and anxiety-inducing the iso experience has been for many of us, coupled with the fact that that mental health struggles are extremely common, it’s not too surprising for Gomez to admit this. She’s spoken openly in the past about how she’s okay with the fact she’ll deal with mental health in some way throughout her life.

Gomez continued on to explain her eventual shift, “And then I started going into a place where I was really writing and being active. And then I guess it just forced me to have that time. And again, I’ve been able to spend time with those quality people a lot more than I ever have. And spending a lot more time with my family, and I almost feel like I’ve become normalised in this situation that’s not normal.”

Gomez’s open advocacy for mental health awareness is so wonderful to see, and she hopes it makes people realise it’s okay not to be fine and peachy all the time. “I think I even posted on my Instagram where I was crying, explaining to all the people who were following me how much I miss them,” she said. “It’s okay [that it’s been difficult].”

Rare Beauty itself has a great mission too, to raise $100 million dollars for mental health over the next 10 years. Here’s hoping she smashes that goal.

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