When we hear the name Selena Gomez, 100 million Instagram followers, pop superstardom, and her Disney days on The Wizards of Waverly Place come to mind. But it's the singer's refreshing authenticity that ultimately sets her apart from pop culture's inner clique—she's made vulnerability a regular part of her artistic repertoire, as evidenced by the music video for "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and her many tear-flecked live performances.
And Gomez's recent interview with Vogue is no different. The 24-year-old pop star gets candid about her experience with mental health, therapy, and abruptly shutting down the last leg of her 2014 tour to check into a psychiatric facility in Tennesee. "Tours are a really lonely place for me," she told the magazine. "My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting on stage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically, I felt I wasn't good enough, wasn't capable. I felt I wasn't giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion."
After three months of treatment and a corresponding 90-day hiatus from social media, Gomez gradually returned to the spotlight. And with it, she's offering her refreshingly candid voice to mental health awareness and the benefits of therapy. "[Dialectical behavior therapy] has completely changed my life," Selena told the magazine. "I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we're taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who's down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart."
Head over to Vogue to read Selena Gomez's full interview, and share your thoughts on the pop star's authenticity below!