On Monday, November 11, Giving Back Generation — a video podcast that aims to empower the younger generations to give back through personal conversations with young artists, entrepreneurs, actors and singers — released their final episode. The podcast was powerful interview with Selena Gomez, which touched on every part of the 27-year-old’s life: from her thoughts on social media to her battle with lupus and everything in between.
The “Lose You To Love Me” singer has always kept it real with fans when it came to her relationship with social media and being in the public eye. When she sat down to talk with host of Giving Back Generation and her BFF, Raquelle Stevens, the star opened up about how body-shamers on social media really affected her at one point.
“I want people to have a good relationship with social media. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But knowing that real world’s in front of you and trying to pay attention to that is healthy,” 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. No, [the lupus doesn’t affect my weight]…It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life—it depends on even the month, to be honest. So for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that…I think for me, that really messed me up for a bit.”
She then went on to explain how her spirituality has also become a huge part of her life in the last few years. She revealed how important it was for her to be able to believe in something bigger than herself.
“I think once I started to really understand my spirituality, and believing in something much bigger than myself was very important for me,” she explained. “Because I don’t believe that I can do this life alone. I know that we’re not perfect.”
The Wizards of Waverly Place actress also got real about shedding her Disney Channel image — which she called one of the best experiences of her life — and shared one of the biggest life lessons she ever learned.
“I think being a part of Disney — which, by the way, was one of the best experiences of my life — you do portray an image, and you are required in a way to have that image and to be a role model or whatever you call it, but the moment I started breaking those walls down, I felt very exposed, so I was very hesitant to share with people,” Selena said right before she shared a huge life lesson with listeners. “For me, the biggest lesson too is how to learn [with] the people that have hurt me the most, to forgive them, to continue to understand and have compassion for people.
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