Gomez: My self-es­teem was shot

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NEW YORK: Pop star Se­lena Gomez said she can­celled her world tour last year and went to ther­apy be­cause she was de­pressed, anx­ious and “my self­es­teem was shot”.

Gomez, 24, who has more than 113 mil­lion Instagram fol­low­ers, also said in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Thurs­day that she was freaked out by her so­cial me­dia ob­ses­sion and no longer had the app on her mo­bile phone.

“As soon as I be­came the most fol­lowed per­son on Instagram, I freaked out. It had be­come so con­sum­ing to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an ad­dict,” Gomez told Vogue mag­a­zine in a cover story for its April edi­tion.

The former Dis­ney Chan­nel singer and ac­tress made head­lines in Au­gust when she abruptly quit her “Re­vival” world tour, say­ing she needed to take time off to deal with panic at­tacks and de­pres­sion.

She told Vogue she en­tered a treat­ment pro­gramme for three months.

“My self-es­teem was shot. I was de­pressed, anx­ious. I started to have panic at­tacks be­fore get­ting on­stage, or right af­ter leav­ing the stage. 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,” she said.

Gomez said she had also found it hard — as have other young stars like Mi­ley Cyrus and Lind­say Lo­han — to shake off her perky Wizards of Waverly

Place per­sona from her Dis­ney days.

“For a guy there’s a way to rebel that can work for you. But for a woman, that can back­fire. It’s hard not to be a cliche, the child star gone wrong.” Reuters

Se­lena Gomez

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