Selena Gomez has opened up about the online hate and body-shaming she received at the height of her health issues back in 2015.
Speaking to Raquelle Stevens for her video podcast Giving Back Generation, Gomez went into detail about how the hateful comments affected her body image. She also explained that her weight fluctuation stemmed from various health conditions.Also check out Selena Gomez's interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where she talks about her lupus, body-shaming and good pal Taylor Swift:
"I experienced [body-shaming] with my weight fluctuation for the first time," she said. "I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues, and for me that’s when I really started noticing more of the body image stuff. It depends on even the month, to be honest, so for me I really noticed when people started attacking me for that."
The singer and actress also said that being scrutinised by the media and the public "got to me big time" and "really messed me up for a bit."
Now Gomez admits to being more private with what she shares on social and tries to limit her time in the spotlight, explaining "I'm very happy with living my life and being present. Because that's it."
"Similar to me posting a photo and walking away; for me that's it," she added. "I will do a red carpet, I will do whatever; I don't need to see it; I participated; I felt wonderful and that's where the extent of it is. I don't care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say."
The Heart Wants What It Wants singer also urged those watching the video podcast to "be kind every moment that you can."
"When I wake up - you taught me this," she said to Stevens. "I am immediately grateful that I woke up."