“It’s dangerous to stay in a victim mentality”- When Selena Gomez reflected on her mental health and public image
There are few celebrities with more impact on the entire scene than Selena Gomez, the child star-turned-pop star-turned-serious actress who is now best recognized as Mabel Mora in Only Murders in the Building. But she has been a household name for more than a decade now, starting with her portrayal of Alex Russo on the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, which started back in 2007.
Looking at her life, most would think that she has achieved everything anyone could hope for, but Gomez has not gone without her share of struggles. Not only has she failed to enjoy a normal childhood, but she has also struggled significantly with heartbreaks, mental and physical disorders, and extended breaks in her bustling career.
But Selena Gomez has also been very vocal about not letting the negatives weigh down whatever is in front of her. She spoke about this to NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in an interview back in 2020, where she claimed that she does not look back at the painful parts of her life with regret or much regard. She said:
“No, because I’ve found the strength in it. It’s dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I’m not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse…”
Selena Gomez also referred to this as “emotional abuse” in the interview and said that she found a way to walk through it with grace.
“I want to be able to tell my story the way that I want to tell it”- Selena Gomez on her health and personal struggles
It is never easy to bear the burden of this amount of fame, especially while dealing with numerous health issues amidst personal crises. In the interview, she spoke about the emotional abuse that she suffered and how she dealt with it.
“I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don’t want to spend the rest of my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt and I’ve found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible.”Moreover, Selena Gomez also spoke about why she has been public about all the issues she has faced, remarking that her life story would be narrated in one form or another and that she prefers to do it herself.
“The reason why I’ve become so vocal about the trials and tribulations of my life is because people were already going to narrate that for me. I wasn’t going to have a choice because of how fast everything moves now. And most of the time, yes, it’s not true, or it’s an embellished version of what the truth is. I want to be able to tell my story the way that I want to tell it. And all of these things happened, and I wasn’t going to deny that, I wasn’t going to pretend to put a smile on when it actually was awful — a few of the worst moments of my life.”Currently, Selena Gomez is reportedly getting ready to work on a Spanish-language film. It was also recently announced that Gomez will host two new series ordered by the Food Network.