It’s safe to say that Selena Gomez was a huge part of a lot of people’s childhoods. For those who forgot, she starred in Barney as a kid, before landing a role in the Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place. But now, the 27-year-old actress is getting real about the pressures of being in the spotlight at a young age, and she admitted that she “hated” most of it.

“Working since I was 7, being away from my family, moving from Texas to [LA], experiencing fame, being confused by what that means, trying to grow up, being in such a weird position where people are actually caring and being awkward because you’re growing up — I think I was scared of it and I probably hated most of it,” the former Disney star shared on the Zach Sang Show. “But with that time that I’ve been given, I’ve just been able to come out on the other side and be okay. And I don’t really know how other than all the work that I did, meaning friends, therapy, taking time off, going back to Texas, just enjoying what’s right in front of me.”

As fans know, the “Bad Liar” songstress has been very open about her struggles with depression and anxiety, and has even stepped out of the spotlight numerous times to focus on her mental health over the years. But now, she’s doing better than ever. The singer just released two new songs. The lyrics are pretty honest about what she’s gone through, and fans are super proud of her.

“I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve learned very quickly that people are going to narrate your life and that’s not always necessarily the best thing. So I wanted to claim my voice and I continue to do that in the best way that I can because I mean, you’re not going to get the truth anywhere else, but from me,” Selena continued. “I mean I spent years living in fear of speaking up or saying things and I guess that’s just the people pleaser in me. And there was a huge moment where I just stopped caring and I can’t tell you when that moment was, I really can’t. I don’t want to not express what I feel because I know there’s millions of people who feel the exact same way.”

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