Selena Gomez Opens Up to Katherine Langford About Anxiety & Depression

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Selena Gomez has been hard at work behind the camera executive producing the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, but the roles have just been reversed as she graces the cover of the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar for an in-depth interview conducted by the show’s very own Katherine Langford.

Sel opened up about relationships, along with her ongoing battle with depression and anxiety that tie into the complexity of her relationship with social media.

“Instagram has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true,'” she admitted. “So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth.”

One thing that worries her, however, is how much value people her age place on social media, giving everyone a false representation of what’s really important. This is one of the main reasons the 25-year-old has actively had to work on herself over the past few years, as she’s been very vocal about dealing with her ongoing struggle with mental health but has high hopes for 2018.

She continued, “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. I’m starting my year off with that thought. I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”

SelGo also revealed that she’s not one to set goals because she doesn’t want to be disappointed if she doesn’t reach them; but don’t worry, Selenators! She did note that a new album IS in the making — she’s just not fully ready to seal the deal.

“When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready,” she explained. “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.”

Get ready 2018, because Selena is just getting started.