Selena Gomez designed a bikini to cover her kidney transplant scar
Ever the sartorial inspiration, Selena Gomez has now turned her hand to design.
The erstwhile Disney star helped design three swimsuits in collaboration with her friend's new brand, Krahs. The ensuing bikinis are more than just your average swimsuit, however, as Selena made sure that one of them - a high-waisted, belted option - cater to a certain need.
"I’ve had a kidney transplant and I like bathing suits that kind of cover where that’s been and make me feel comfortable," she disclosed in a YouTube video released by Krahs before their launch on May 2nd.
Check out Selena talking about her experience below:
In the same clip, we also learn that the songstress has been friends with the principal designer, Theresa Mingus, for five years, and that "Krahs" is actually "shark" spelt backwards.
Of course, the designs are just gorgeous, and given that they all fall between a price range of $39.99 to $69.99, they certainly won't break the bank.
In other news, earlier this year, Selena completed a two-week treatment in New York for anxiety and depression. "She had a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she decided she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself," an insider told the outlet at the time. "It was all about wellness and her health."
The Wolves singer recently went on a social media hiatus. Taking to Instagram, she wrote:
"Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an idiot!) Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember - negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi."
This came weeks after Footwear News released an interview with Selena where she spoke about the impact that internet trolls can have on her. "I feel like I’m one of those people [whose body confidence can be shaken by haters]. I actually am one of those people. I understand and I get what [my followers are] feeling and what they are afraid of."
And back in October, TMZ reported that Selena entered a mental health facility after being hospitalised twice in two weeks - the second of which was described as an "emotional breakdown" by the publication.
According to TMZ, the first hospital visit took place during the last week of September, when the pop-singer was purportedly "despondent and emotional over an alarmingly low white blood cell count in the wake of her kidney transplant," leading a family member to take her to a hospital in Los Angeles.
Gomez was allegedly released from hospital after several days, but was again "re-admitted late last week because her low blood cell count persisted, and it threw [her] into a downward emotional spiral."
TMZ also reports that Gomez requested to leave the hospital, and experienced an "emotional breakdown" when she was prohibited from doing so. The 26-year-old is now said to be at a psychiatric facility on the East Coast, where she is receiving Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - a treatment used for various mental health conditions.
This article first appeared on FourNine.net and was shared with permission.