Selena Gomez Opened Up About The Media's "Out Of Control" Coverage Of Her Health Issues And Relationship With Justin Bieber

    "People were taking away my narrative and it was killing me."

    It's safe to say Selena Gomez has been through a lot in recent years.

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    In 2015, Selena revealed she had undergone chemotherapy for lupus after reports suggested she had entered rehab a year earlier to address "addiction issues".

    Most recently, during an Instagram livestream with Miley Cyrus, Selena revealed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    Now, speaking to Amy Schumer for Interview magazine, Selena has opened up about what it was like having her personal life constantly speculated about in the media.

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    "I don't remember a time when that wasn’t the case," Selena said, adding that what helps her deal with such invasiveness is knowing it'll eventually move on to someone else.

    "My intention was never to become a tabloid," she said. "So when things kind of happened that way, it got out of control. And then I was like, 'Wait, none of this is true.'"

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    "The way the media has sometimes tried to explain things has made it sound really bad, when in reality there's nothing wrong with the fact that I needed to go away or that I fell in love," she went on, appearing to reference her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber as well as the breaks she's taken from her career.

    "I had to start opening up because people were taking away my narrative and it was killing me," Selena continued. "I'm so young and I'm going to keep changing, and no one has the right to tell me how my life's going."

    "I've gone through some really difficult stuff, and because of those moments, whether I liked it or not, a picture was painted of my life," she said. "That was scary because I didn't want it to affect my career."

    However, Selena also said that there are positives about the whole thing — namely, that she can be vocal about her experience with mental health and encourage others to get help.

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    She said:

    Sometimes it's been bad for my career, but other times it's like, "Now I can talk about things like my depression and anxiety, things that I’ve struggled with and which I’m totally open about, because I believe in seeking help."

    You can read Selena's full conversation with Amy Schumer on Interview magazine's website.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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