Selena Gomez joined Arianna Huffington and Sir Lucian Grainge at the Universal Music Group and Thrive Global’s Music and Health conference earlier this week. As it tends to do with Gomez, the subject turned to her relationship with fame.
“I’ve never really cared about that stuff,” she said of being the most followed woman on Instagram, clocking in at 429 million followers. “I suppose I’m grateful for the platform, and I would love to continue to use it for what I’m able to do, but numbers are just numbers.”
That platform is the reason she takes talking about mental health so seriously.
“It can be a little heavy. I feel for people, and I think that’s what kind of keeps me in check, to be honest. I think I can be a little reckless with my emotions and having conversations with young people, women who are going through divorces or going through chemo—it’s not just about me, and I’m fully aware of that. I will just always cherish it. It’s a big responsibility. It’s a little scary.”
Just last week Gomez garnered headlines with her response to going viral for her reactions at the VMAs, posting a story saying she would “never be a meme again.” She obviously struggles with being so visible, as anyone would.
She admitted that she struggled with the decision to make the 2022 documentary, My Mind and Me, which put her struggles with an autoimmune disease and mental illness on display.
“I just didn’t know if it was a good idea,” she said, explaining that she worried it would jeopardize her chances of having a real acting career. But, she was ultimately glad she did it. “I felt like I got to say things that I’ve been keeping in for years. It’s very hard for me to watch. I will never watch it again, but I’m very proud of it.”
With the success of Only Murders in the Building and the recent release of her single, “Single Soon,” I don’t think any segment of her career is in jeopardy. We’re all rooting for you, babe.