Selena Gomez: ‘I don’t want people to see me as just sad and hurt’


With the successful launch of her new makeup line, Rare Beauty, Selena Gomez has been getting candid. Recently, Selena opened up about her 2017 kidney transplant and her newfound confidence in showing off her surgery scar. She posted the Instagram above with a caption about how she used to try to hide her scar, but now feels “confident in who I am and what I went through.” You can read more on Instagram. Selena also gave an interview to Rolling Stone about her album, Rare, which came out in January. It’s likely she will get her first Grammy nomination for Rare, which is why Rolling Stone was talking to her about it. Selena said she didn’t want people to see her as sad when they listen to her music. Here are a few excerpts:

I went away for a little bit, and when I came back . . . I don’t know if something came over me. I heard a song called “Rare,” and that was the moment I knew that my album was starting and that this was going to be the name of the album before I even recorded it.

From that point on, I focused on creating more songs that were lyrically about transformation and vulnerability and heartbreak. It felt like [the material] was really, really strong, and I was very happy about it. I think that becoming more involved than I ever have been [in the making of the album] helped me gain confidence and empowered me completely. I took control over what I was going to say, what I was going to do…

I wanted people to take away that this was a journey and that it was completely closed. I don’t want people to see me as just sad and hurt. I didn’t want that anymore. I wanted people to know that I experienced something real, and that part of me is over.

[From Rolling Stone]

I really like Selena especially after watching her “>video with NikkieTutorials. There’s a depth and scrappiness to her that I admire. I am really enjoying how candid she has been of late. It is like pulling back the curtain to the mystery that celebrity creates around a person which can make us forget they are human. For someone so young she has been handling her lupus diagnosis and celebrity quite well. I hope she continues to share her journey because young people who follow celebrities need to experience that sort of rawness. There is so much “living your best life” fakeness on Instagram. Even I have began being honest about my health struggles and that has been freeing in many ways.

It looks like she also recently produced a film called The Broken Hearts Gallery which looks like those teen coming of age stories that I sometimes like to escape in. Anyway, I think I may go listen to her Rare album since I now know the backstory. It makes the album seem more personal and I like that.

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  1. Case says:

    I like Selena too. She’s been through a lot in her young life and I think it must be incredibly difficult to deal with medical issues in the public eye. She seems like a sweet person.

    There was a long time when it (understandably) seemed like she was really struggling mentally. She appears to be in a better place now and I’m happy for her.

  2. Snowslow says:

    I have a lot of compassion for Serena and by all accounts, despite her health issues, apparently everyone says she is the epitome of professionalism. Take that divas!

    • lucy2 says:

      I’ve heard people compliment her professionalism, even when she was a young kid.

      She’s been through a lot and has a lot of scrutiny on her, but seems like a nice person, so I’ll root for her.

  3. Laalaa says:

    I remember her 73 Qs with Vogue – I could really see she was humble, even though it was filmed in her mansion!

  4. Brit says:

    That’s not a kidney transplant scar. Probably a femoral dialysis line, more likely. Just saying.

    • Lex says:

      Yes she has shown her kidney scar before which is in the right spot – and different to this one.

      Maybe it’s just meant a scar from her time during her kidney surgery/recovery but phrased very badly

  5. Mari says:

    She’s not broken, nor sad. In fact, i think this is one of the best years for her, carrer wise. She just launched a beauty company and did a massive collaboration with Blackpink, the biggest girlband today (which i dont think you guys know, since there’s no report of it here. And also no report of any korean artists that break records after records but apparently they don’t exist to you, right?).

  6. MaxxHotness says:

    Rare is sooo good! I’ve been listening to it for weeks!!