Selena Gomez went into “a bit of depression” at the start of the pandemic.
The 28-year-old singer, actress and producer – who recently launched The Rare Impact Fund alongside her beauty brand Rare Beauty, which aims to raise $100 million to help get people access to mental health care – has admitted she struggled when the US went into lockdown because she’s so used to travelling and working with lots of people around her.
Speaking to Dr. Vivek Murthy on Instagram Live, Selena said: “In the beginning, I couldn’t deal with it that well. I kind of went into a bit of a depression.
“My job is a lot of travel, connecting with people, making people happy, and that makes me happy, so it has been a struggle.”
Selena stopped herself from going “crazy” by having “the right people” by her side and by focusing on her beauty line and making new music in the studio, and now she’s coming out the other side.
She added: “Slowly, towards the end, I found things I’m doing are coming out, and that was extremely exciting for me. I’ve worked on personal things like a beauty line that has a goal of reaching $100 million in 10 years for mental health.
“And recently, I’ve been able to go to the studio.
“So I would say right now, I’m fully coming out again and I just think I had to handle it the way I needed to handle it, and got through it with the right people and doing the right things and doing the right steps to not make me go crazy.”
The ‘Ice Cream’ singer recently revealed that she felt “super uncomfortable” during quarantine, however, she’s also learned a lot about herself and her country.
She said: “It’s definitely the most time I’ve spent on my own probably since I was 16.
“At first it was super uncomfortable, more so because of the anxiety I was carrying because of everything that is happening. I also feel like I got the opportunity to learn a lot about my country in ways that I never have before.
“I feel like I’ve gained a sense of knowledge and a sense of feeling good about saying what I’m saying, and I feel good about what I’m standing by, and I’m not going to let other opinions conduct what I feel personally.”