Selena Gomez is a renowned advocate for body positivity, but the singer has revealed that it isn’t always easy to love yourself amongst the haters.
The Only Murders in the Building star is the most-followed person on Instagram and often uses the platform to shut down body-shamers. Sadly, she herself has been victim to many of them while being under the scrutiny of the public eye.
“My weight would constantly fluctuate because I would be on certain medications. And obviously, people just ran with it,” Gomez said during an episode of Dear… on Apple TV+. “It was like they couldn’t wait to find a thing to bring me down. I was being shamed for gaining weight because of my lupus.”
The 30-year-old has struggled with the autoimmune disease since being diagnosed in her early twenties. The condition caused her to need a kidney transplant and has also had a major effect on her mental health.
During the interview, the “My Mind & Me” singer revealed that although she would put on a brave face on social media, hurtful comments about her appearance would greatly upset her.
“I would go online and I would post a picture of myself and I would say, ‘It doesn’t matter. I’m not accepting what you’re saying.’ All the while, being in the room posting and crying my eyes out because nobody deserves to hear those things.”
She added, “I was posting these things saying it doesn’t bother me because I didn’t want it to bother other people who are experiencing the same thing — getting shamed for what they look like, who they are, who they love. I just think it’s so unfair; I don’t think that anybody deserves to feel less than.”
We couldn’t agree more.