Selena Gomez’s ‘exhaustion’ break was really a 2-week rehab stint

Selena Gomez

These are photos of Selena Gomez yesterday in LA. At first, I was all, “What a great sweater!” But then I was like, “Ugh, she ate at Cici’s Pizza.” That place gave me the worst food 24-hour poisoning attack I’ve ever experienced. Never again will I eat at a Cici’s Pizza. Anyway. Kaiser says that sweater is actually something Taylor Swift wore right before the Grammys. Not too surprising.

I have to admit to also not being surprised by this latest Selena news even if I am disappointed. She was supposed to be the good girl — the one Disney starlet who wasn’t completely going off the rails. When Selena cancelled her tour for “exhaustion,” it seemed suspicious. Then she got back with Justin Bieber in early January as rumors of her Molly consumption swirled. Well I guess “exhaustion” was really a two-week rehab stint. Dang:

An “exhausted” and “broken hearted” Selena Gomez has been hiding a secret from her legions of adoring fans: has exclusively learned that emotional issues sent her to an Arizona rehab facility in January for a hush-hush emergency two-week stay.

The “Come & Get It” singer was admitted to Dawn at The Meadows recovery facility in Wickenburg, Ariz., on Jan. 5. And while a rep for Gomez confirmed the treatment to Radar – “Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse,” a spokesperson revealed – a source close to Gomez has revealed that in the months before her stint in rehab, she had been “partying very hard.”

Indeed, Radar has learned that Gomez, 21, had been leading a life very different from the carefully created squeaky-clean public persona: one troubled by drug and alcohol use. “With fame came a partying lifestyle,” confirmed one insider.

The former Disney princess – who first made her debut appearing as Gianna in Barney & Friends and starred in Wizards of Waverly Place – had been experimenting with marijuana and prescription drugs, including Xanax and Ambien.

Ambien, prescribed as a sleep aid, has become a drug of choice for many in Hollywood because it is similar to drinking a large amount of alcohol where one feels completely relaxed and loses control of their body.

“Her friends and family became increasingly worried that there might be a serious problem with Selena,” said another source. “Particularly, her parents. The partying was, at times, wild. They wanted to help her – and they very much encouraged her to go to rehab. Others very close to her also urged her to seek professional help.”

“It’s important to remember that Selena had worked in Hollywood non-stop for six years,” another insider told Radar. “She was exhausted. Selena was smart enough to understand that she needed to take control of her life.

“It just got to a point where she needed to get out of Los Angeles, get away from ‘the scene’ and the pressures of Hollywood, to also get away from those who had, admittedly, become a bad influence on her.

“Selena needed to take the opportunity to work on herself. She realized she needed help. Selena came to understand just what a bad influence Justin had been on her life,” said one source. “Their relationship left her broken-hearted.”

“I don’t know whether Justin pushed her to drug use, but amongst their close knit group of friends, smoking was common place,” said another insider. “Justin and Selena would smoke marijuana together regularly.”

Indeed, in one binge session, Gomez and Bieber together with a bunch of pals “hot-boxed” inside the “Baby” hit-maker’s custom built van on a trip to a theme park, a source revealed. Hot-boxing is the practice of smoking marijuana in an enclosed space in order to maximize the narcotic effect.

The shocking news of Gomez’s rehabilitation, revealed today for the first time in a joint Radar and STAR magazine investigation, explains why she chose to make the decision to cut off her Australian tour, citing personal reasons.

Gomez had been slated to kick off a 13-concert tour leg on Feb. 1 in Perth, Australia, but issued a statement on Dec. 20 announcing she was canceling it.

At the time, the singer said in a statement, “My fans are so important to me to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

So far, it seems to be working: As one source told Radar, “Selena is now happy and very healthy and already getting back to work.”

[From Radar Online]

This is such bad news. Thank goodness her family was there for her and gave her a push to get help. I do find it fitting that Bieber is getting the blame in Radar’s piece because he’s usually so busy blaming everyone else. Selena should never have ended up with Bieber where she was surrounded by the drug lifestyle. She may have have fallen for it elsewhere though, and who knows? Selena might have been hiding bad behavior for years. She IS besties with Demi Lovato, who smoked pot with Joe Jonas.

Whatever caused Selena to fall down the spiral of drug use (and TMZ says it IS Bieber), I’m glad she’s getting help. Hopefully she will stay on the straight and narrow, and that includes staying away from the swaggy one.

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Selena Gomez

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  1. bettyrose says:

    Um, duh?

    • Wiffie says:

      Ok, “marijuana binge” is just plain ridiculous. Sounds straight out of “Reefer Madness”, where they show potheads on a bender, tweaking and running around the house frantically, scratching and acting cracked out.

      I guess technically you can binge on weed, looking at a dictionary definition of binge, but I’ve never heard anyone reefer (typo but keeping it) to one like that and it just sounds absurd.

  2. Lark says:

    I’m more shocked that Radar got a story right, but she did “disappear” for a while after canceling her tour…So I can see how they figured something was up.

    I hope Selena is well…but let’s be honest…two weeks isn’t going to do much for most people. Kesha has been in a center for a lot longer because of her eating disorder. And I don’t buy it’s for “pot” or experimenting with pills….People go to rehab because they are addicted to prescription pills, not because they took Xanax once in a blue moon. If a celebrity gets exposed for going to rehab (and I do think it’s unfair and that there should be some privacy around matters like that), I don’t get why they don’t come “figuratively” clean as well as literally clean. I give Demi Lovato credit for saying “hey, I was snorting coke like crazy, cutting, and had an eating disorder” instead of saying “exhaustion.” It’s no one’s business, but if it’s out there it’s out there and may as well come clean and try to encourage other people who have the same problems to go to rehab.

    • ol cranky says:

      I don’t see how she can be well if she really does have a problem that warranted rehab but she did only a 2-week stay and isn’t getting any outpatient treatment

    • Kath says:

      Agreed. And have you ever heard of anyone in the real world (i.e. outside Hollywood) being hospitalised for “exhaustion”?

  3. idk says:

    But wasn’t Selena still seeing Justin right before the egging incident? Remember he tweeted that pic of both of them with her looking at him “lovingly”? That would have been AFTER her rehab. Every time we saw Demi and Selena together the past few months, everyone assumed it was Selena helping Demi, but really it may have been the other way around.

    Also, rehab facilities have privacy rules, how did this info get out? Someone on the inside got paid I presume….or Selena’s camp decided to get the story out.

    • pleaseicu says:

      It could’ve been leaked by a fellow patient? Or someone in Selena’s canceled tour or entourage (or possibly Justin’s camp since she was spending time with him after she was supposedly at this rehab place) tipped someone off to the rehab story and then Selena’s publicist followed the lead of Zac Efron’s publicist and beat the media to the punch by confirming and saying what she was there for rather than letting the media dig and spin the story on their own.

  4. dorothy says:

    I think everyone suspected that. I mean, look who she was hanging out with? D

  5. littlestar says:

    I guess this is the reason they put the rumour out there that she might have lupus.

  6. Devyn says:

    I really like her, she isn’t a great singer but my kids love wizards of wave rely place and you know what? I kinda did too. Funny show and she’s a funny girl. She always seems so sweet in interviews and has a good relationship with her family. I’m glad she’s getting help. I wish her all the best.

    And also hoping she stays far FAR away from nasty Bieber forever.

    • idk says:

      2 weeks of rehab, even if it was for emotional issues and not drugs/alcohol is NOT enough time. She’s not even getting out-patient therapy or anything. That’s very odd.

      Also, her “job” doesn’t really require her to live in LA. She’s not shooting a weekly show anymore. She could easily move back to Texas and stay under the radar and get healthy. These celebs are all addicted to the limelight, no matter how much they complain about the paps.

    • dizzylucy says:

      I remember hearing Jeff Garlin, who I guess worked with her on that, saying on his podcast how nice and sweet she was there.

      Whatever is going on with her, hope she is doing well and staying away from bad people and things.

  7. jess says:

    I love her sweater. I wonder when Justin will go to rehab?

    • katy says:

      TMZ had a story where sources said Beiber “does whatever he wants” and that does not include going to rehab. If he does go, it’ll be forced.

    • gg says:

      The very minute it looks like he might go to jail. Which could take some time, considering he never really gets in trouble with the law for anything, even smoking pot in an airplane from Canada to the US, across the border, according to the news this morning.

  8. OhDear says:

    Glad she got help and hope she stays healthy.

  9. Nerd Alert says:

    I’m not on the crazy anti-pill train, but I would NEVER take Ambien again and I tell anyone using it to be very careful. My boyfriend and I got into a very scary (not violent) fight on vacay because of it, and to this day he can’r believe the way he acted. A former patient drove for three hours with no recollection overnight after taking it. Woke up behind the wheel on a mountain dirt road. The neurologist I work for stopped prescribing it and now tells people if they can’t switch to another sleep aid they have to be taken out of our trials. It’s just so risky.

    Anyway, what kind of rehab program is two weeks? And pot, seriously? Be real.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree with everything you wrote. Ambien is crazy stuff and the claims about her pot use seem silly and overblown.

    • gg says:

      Totally agree about Ambien. I really hate this stuff. It woke me up after two hours, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and I could not get back to sleep so I quit it very quickly.

      A good friend of mine who is an alcoholic pill addict and won’t stop taking anything even when she sees it’s harming her, keeps sleep walking into her kitchen and eating, leaving all this food out, and on one trip she broke her wrist because she walked into some furniture in her own house. The next time, a few weeks later, broke her other wrist and then her ankle, all from sleepwalking to the kitchen on several trips.

      Ambien is dangerous and addictive as well, I don’t care what they say about it being “non-habit forming”. That’s bs.

      • Prettylights says:

        I also agree – Ambien is scary. I had a prescription for it for a little while but stopped taking it after a freaky experience. I was at a music festival with my ex bf and other friends and took some before bed because it was loud around me and I couldn’t fall sleep. He walked me to the bathroom and the last thing I remember was seeing everything in triple – not fuzzy triple but like there was really three of everything instead of one, like triplets standing next to each other. I woke up the next day and he told me we had talked and fooled around and I had absolutely no memory of anything after going to the bathroom. I never black out so it scared the heck outta me. I took it one other time after that and was literally running into the walls before I passed out and woke up with a fuzzy head.

        I don’t get why this would be a ‘party drug’ in Hollywood unless you like totally blacking out or acting like the worst drunk on the planet. I do take Xanax now occasionally to sleep – it’s much better at relaxing me and doesn’t make me do anything stupid! I just make sure I only take a half and not too often so I don’t rely on it.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Yup. These stories (unfortunately), are a dime a dozen.

        Like I said, I don’t preach against Rx drugs, but I don’t trust Ambien or anyone who touts it like it’s safe. The doc I work for had to tell the Ambien rep to cease and desist telling her lies, or she would get a lawyer to do it for her.

    • Petee says:

      Ambien is ment to be taken for four day’s and not for months or year’s at a time.Xanax just taken when needed and alway’s under doctor’s care.Their both seizure inducing drug’s.Xanax or any benzo is very dangerous just to go off of if you have been taking it for a long period of time.Alcohol and benzo’s are the only two withdrawals that can kill you.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I’m a researcher in neurology, and am aware of the package insert. I’m also aware of the way my boyfriend acted after one single dose. It’s not for us, and I sincerely hope you are not accusing one of us of a dependency.

        Edited to add: sorry if I misunderstood your point.

    • jaye says:

      I was prescribed Ambien last year and I HATED the way it made me feel. I was sleep eating. One night I woke up with half a piece of bread in my mouth. lol I can laugh about it, but I was worried that I would do something dangerous. I’d read about women actually drive while sleeping. A couple of them caused accidents that killed people. I told my doctor I wasn’t going to take it anymore. Not worth the risk.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Smart move. I do know someone who drove on it while blacked out and it still haunts her.

        That said, a lot of people know about what Ambien can do, and then use it as a scapegoat for their bad behavior. I don’t know anyone who tripped on it and kept taking it, so I can’t imagine anyone using it recreationally.

      • Petee says:

        My friend got up in the middle of the night and cleaned her house.Her little girl woke up and asked her what she was doing.She does not remember any of it.I can not see anyone partying with this drug.And drinking alcohol on top of it?

    • Petee says:

      No not at all.I am just trying to warn people about this from my own experience with these two drug’s because I have and still have insomnia.I was on them off and on for about 4 year’s and when my family noticed my behavior was changing they had a intervention and I went to rehab.After about four day’s,even with medication,I had a grand mall seizure.Very scary.No I would never say anyone here having a problem.Just trying to warn people that these are not safe just because a doctor give’s it to you.

  10. Mark says:

    He didn’t pin her down and force her to take drugs. So can’t really put the blame on him and anyway she’ll be back with him in a weeks time anyway.

  11. Stef Leppard says:

    I’m confused by her outfit. A sweater and leather booties… with shorts?? Is it warm or cold? Make up your mind!

  12. Annie says:

    Two weeks of rehab is basically no rehab. If you’re not going to take your recovery seriously, why bother?

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

      I suspect it’s more a psychiatric stint than drug rehabilitation. Two weeks is about standard for voluntary check-in, after a breakdown.

  13. Chibichichai says:

    Personal I will never understand ankle boots and short shorts. Girl has the legs but it looks so trashy.

    Also speaking from personal experience, emotional issues take years of therapy to address. It’s possible that this two weeks was an emergency, intensive treatment from someone close to a breakdown. We don’t know if she’s skyping or phoning in therapy.

    I just hope she’s not claiming emotional issues for a substance abuse. That’s insulting to people who continually suffer from depression, anxiety, other emotional issues.

  14. Tiffany :) says:

    I really like the sweater, but I don’t dig the holes in it. Ruins the sweater, IMO!

  15. dvz says:

    I am SO sick of the “Ambien excuse” Yeah, some people get seriousy whacked out on it, and as it is a strong but short life hypnotic, I get that. Then again, many don’t. They just get sleepy. But with every story of the “it was the Ambien officer” famous people will use it as an excuse for their behavior. A “cute” one. Like housewives taking one too many mother’s helpers. Whoopsie! It wasn’t coke, I swear!

    Some, notably the dirtbag known as Patrick Kennedy, have used the Ambien excuse to get out of a DUI. Tiger Woods loved to pop a couple before screwing. He called it “Ambien sex”. Eminem said it was the hardest drug he ever kicked and him I believe. THAT SAID, it’s too easy for a PR team to say you have something that comes off as sounding relatively harmless as a “sleeping pill” issue when in actuality it was probably one of everything/god knows what considering what we are hearing about JB’s and his entourage’s drug use.

    I never thought this girl was as smart as she tries to play up, but I hope she gets the hell out of the Disney/Thug Toddler spiral and just goes away for a few years, matures, and comes back with some talent and brains intact.

    • A says:

      I’m dying at “Thug Toddler.”

    • gg says:

      Yep. That way they can just blame the doctor.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      While PR people might use prescription drugs as a less-evil sounding reason for addiction treatment, I think on the other hand it is good for people to know that prescription drugs can be very dangerous. The implied “safety” of it being a pill instead of a “dirty” street drug is a VERY dangerous reputation for these drugs to have.

      For example, police are seeing rates of heroin use go up in suburban areas, and it is largely thought to be because of OxyContin use. Once a person can no longer get a prescription or can no longer afford a prescription, they turn to another opiate…heroin. Oxy and heroin are essentially two sides to the same coin.

  16. Crayray says:

    My sister works for a production company that does lots of award show parties and movie premieres. She said Selena usually had to be carried out due to being so drunk/ high that she couldn’t stay conscious. I m glad she’s getting help.

  17. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    “Rehab for exhaustion” means either “rehab for drugs” or “hospitalization for mental breakdown.”

    Trying to understand why people think rehab is better than hospital, but drugs cannot be part of the equasion. It is total PR-talk that means absolutely nothing.

    • gg says:

      Rehab IS hospital if you are checked in (and you should be checked in, in my opinion). Normal hospitals in the States don’t put people in beds for that; it’s for surgery and the sick.

  18. LOL says:

    Now I understand why you haven’t seem Ms Swift anywhere near her. Damage control. Great friend RME

  19. Meggin says:

    The sweater is cute but the holes really do ruin the sweater! It’s not shocking that she was really in rehab for a drug problem or alcohol. I mean come on… nobody goes to rehab because they are “exhausted”.. IF you are exhausted you take a nap!!

  20. Dotty says:

    Weren’t there stories going around when she in initially announced the cancellation that she had been diagnosed with lupus?

  21. Leslie says:

    No surprise there.

  22. MrsNoodles says:

    I don’t believe a word of this. I think this is all done for her image. So she can look like she has something going on when in reality she has nothing. She isn’t a great singer, she’s a horrible actress and the only thing that really did anything for her was when she was with Justin and I think she knows that. She gets more attention as the “poor girl” who has to deal with Bieber, and she willingly went back to him after everything she has done.

    This girl is a snooze and everything she does is so calculated.

  23. Lila says:

    I disagree with saying you are disappointed in her. That is precisely why so many of the ‘good girls’ hide these issues instead of getting help. They weren’t ‘supposed’ to screw up. Good for her for getting the help she needed and for her family being present enough to see a problem and encourage her to get help.

    This doesn’t sound like rehab to me. It doesn’t list any addictions. This sounds like essentially, inpatient psych treatment. I’ve been through that and it is doesn’t have to be long term treatment. Ten days is fairly common in non-emergency situations. TMZ says she is in outpatient treatment now.

    I don’t doubt at all that Bieber had a hand in this. It’s not that he forced her to take drugs or made her get into trouble. It’s more likely that he had very different priorities than she had and she lost track of what was important to her. She’s not the first person in a relationship to do that. Add in his opinion (which is apparently very much encouraged by his circle) that he can do anything he wants and anyone who objects just doesn’t get it, and that’s just a bad environment all around.

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      “I disagree with saying you are disappointed in her. That is precisely why so many of the ‘good girls’ hide these issues instead of getting help. They weren’t ‘supposed’ to screw up. Good for her for getting the help she needed and for her family being present enough to see a problem and encourage her to get help.”

      I agree. It probably really bothers her already that she has this problem, because being seen as a good role model and making her mom proud of her are really important to her. She could have easily decided to keep her problem private and fix it on her own instead of getting help, in order to preserve her image. I did hear of one addict who was able to cut himself off of what he was addicted to without going to rehab, but that’s probably really rare.

  24. Stacey says:

    Boring. If that behavior is rehab worthy, every other college girl would be in rehab. Sounds like typical drug and sex experimentation to me. But I do believe a bad break up can send you into a tailspin emotionally and she may need help coping. Whatever works for her

  25. Chinny says:

    There was a blind revealed about Selena on BG:

    • Div says:

      Yeah, but this was an easy guess based on her canceling the tour, Bieber, and the fact she’s been out of it twice on camera.

  26. St says:

    Well of course she canceled tour because of rehab. That’s what everyone thought, that’s what blind items said. Some celebrities like Biber and Lohan party out in public. Some people like Zac Efron or Selena party and use drugs in private.

    Cory’s shocking death should have been wake up call for all of them. But no – all those idiots think that it will never happen to them. And now Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead. Do you think it will be wake up call for anyone? Please. Those idiots will drink, eat those prescription drugs and illegal drugs, occasionally go to rehab, then start all over again.

    And people were always wondering what good girl Selena is doing with idiot Justin. Well that’s because they both drink and do drugs and enjoy it. And feel good together.

  27. Leila in wunderland says:

    I hope she’ll be ok. I’m not really surprised that this happened, based on what I’ve been hearing. Good for her for getting help, and her family for encouraging her.

  28. Div says:

    I hope she is okay, but two weeks isn’t very long.

  29. Brianna says:

    I am glad the truth has finally come out. I always thought there was more to the good girl persona she put out there. She has done a good job of hiding it though, I assume drugs/partying has been her thing for years.

  30. Amy says:

    I’ve never smoked pot. I know people say it’s not addictive and maybe it’s not. But isn’t smoking anything pretty much addictive? It can at least become a bad habit, if not an addiction. But even if it’s not, she was taking prescription drugs Xanax and Ambien and those you DO NOT mess around with. I have never been prescribed either but I will refuse if my doctor ever suggests them.

    And it’s very obvious Justin Bieber is the one who got her into the drugs (and probably the reason she broke up with him in the first place even though she tried to get back with him). That kid is going to end up like Lindsay Lohan in a few years.

    • Petee says:


    • St says:

      Yeah. I don’t understand it too. Every single one of them knows that it’s bad and you should not do it. They all know that they will become addicted and at some point will end up in rehab. They know that they should not drink and do drugs and take all those prescription drugs, And yet every single one of them does it. And some idiots accidentally overdose and people are like: “Oh, poor thing. Addiction got the best of them. They have decease. It’s not their fault…”.

      Please – it is their fault. They know they will become addicted. But they don’t care. They want to have fun. And deep inside they think: “I will not become addicted. If I will then I will just go to rehab for few weeks and everything will be fine”.

      You know what? I think that big problem is how public celebrates all those rehab stints. Some 10-20 years ago it was embarrassing for celebrity to be labeled as alcoholic and addict. When they saw they had problems they quietly wen’t to rehab, no one knew. Others tried not to do drugs or do very little and not become addict. There were some bad boys and girls who abused drugs. But not like it is now where every single celebrity was in rehab or will be soon. I remember how it was shock when AJ from Backstreet Boys went to rehab. And he was embarrassed for it (that he become addict). Now if One Derection person would go to rehab then everyone would celebrate and admire his bravery.

      Problem is that celebrities don’t take rehab serious. Years back it would be embarrassing for celebrity to be alcoholic or drug addict. And smart one tried not be one ones. Now they know that people will clap them for their bravery when they will announce that they are addict and go to rehab. You should not become addict in the first place. Of course ALL of them relapse again and again. They are 20 YEARS OLD and now rehab tells them that they can’t drink FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. Of course they will stay sober for few months and then drink again.

      This is just embarrassing when Selena is 21 years old and goes to rehab. Which means that for the rest of her life she can’t drink, smoke joints and do legal drugs. Of course she WILL do it. People should stop celebrate when celebrities are addict, They should be ashamed to be ones and not become ones. They should be afraid that it will hurt their career and do not party and do drugs. But hey, “Iit’s no big deal. I will go to rehab, people will clap be for bravery and everything will be fine”….

      • Connie says:

        You clearly know nothing about addiction, substance abuse or the shame associated with either. Some people can drink and drug without becoming addicted and having it take over their lives. Others are not so lucky. To say that people start to drink or use drugs because they thing that “it’s nothin to be ashamed of” and will be celebrated for their bravery post rehab is quite ignorant

  31. als says:

    Selena gave a mini interview for Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new video – City of Angels and I think her attitude there is very honest. You can see from the tone of her voice what she thinks about this ‘good girl’ image – she’s pretty over it.
    I don’t think she’s capable of going full Miley and maybe she doesn’t want to do it either, so she settles with showing up once in a while next to Bieber.