Selena Gomez rocks a chic power suit on the cover of Billboard. The message is clear: she's done taking shit from anyone — internet trolls, paparazzi, tabloids, anyone. From here on out, she will be taking control of her body, life, and career.
In the cover story, the 23-year-old singer calls out all her haters and body shamers: “I’m so fucking nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. As for that time when the tabloids called her "fat" based on a photo snapped of her in a bikini? “That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying.”
Of course, it doesn't end there. At the beginning of last year, Gomez completed a two-week program at a rehab center, and the tabloids went wild, spreading rumors that she was being treated for alcohol and prescription pill abuse resulting from her breakup with Justin Bieber (even though a rep confirmed that she was there for "emotional issues" and "not for substance abuse").
However, in this Billboard interview, she reveals that during that time she was actually undergoing chemotherapy for lupus.
“That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," she says. "I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Instead of letting the headlines get her down, she used the hate as motivation — to get healthy, work hard, and take charge of her self-esteem. Which is why on her upcoming album, Revival, to be released on October 16, she is posing confidently without clothing. And she's no longer afraid of what the online critics might say.
The lesson to take away, if nothing else: You should never ever assume you know what someone else is going through.
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