Selena Gomez says body-shaming deeply affected her self-esteem

In 2015, Gomez revealed that the body-shaming ultimately sent her to therapy.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez

“[The mocking] got to me big time,” she said on Raquelle Stevens’ Giving Back Generation podcast, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” “[It] really messed me up for a bit.”

In 2014, Gomez, 27, revealed she was diagnosed with lupus, an inflammatory disease that affects the immune system. In 2017, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer had to have a kidney transplant as a result of complications from the disease.

“It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life—it depends on even the month, to be honest,” Gomez told Stevens of her changing weight. “So for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that. In reality, that’s just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what’s happening in my life.”

Selena Gomez
“This was the first year I ever dealt with anyone talking about my body,” the then-23-year-old said. “I’d land at the airport and people would yell out, ‘You’re fat!’ It was awful.”

She continued, “I’ve been working in therapy. Even if I did gain weight, I’m fine. That’s what the picture represents.”

Gomez said on the Giving Back Generation podcast that she is cautious with her use of social media because it’s where a lot of the body-shaming takes place.

She said, “I don’t care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say about it.”


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