Par­ty­ing. Ex­haus­tion. Jeal­ousy. In­side Se­lena Gomez’s down­ward spiral

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She looked beautiful — but felt ter­ri­ble. Wear­ing a cropped white turtle­neck and tight black pants, Se­lena Gomez man­aged to smile her way through an In­sta­gram video that showed her danc­ing with a male friend dur­ing a night off from the Aus­tralian leg of her Re­vival world tour. “When my babies take me salsa danc­ing even when they told me not to be­cause I’m sick … ” she wrote on Aug. 12 along­side the clip, ad­ding, “I don’t care.”

But her friends and fam­ily do. Af­ter weeks of emo­tional drama, a public feud with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in her par­ty­ing, Se­lena’s loved ones fear she’s trapped in yet an­other down­ward spiral. “Half of the time Se­lena says she is sick, she’s re­ally just hun­gover and keeps par­ty­ing any­way,” a friend tells In Touch. “She’s been show­ing a lot of signs that worry her friends who’ve seen this be­hav­ior be­fore. First she gets de­pressed, then has mas­sive anx­i­ety, then starts drink­ing and par­ty­ing way too hard, then goes into de­nial and fi­nally has a break­down,” adds the friend. “Ev­ery­one fears that if she doesn’t slow down, she’ll end up back in re­hab.”

Her last trip to re­hab was in 2014. She spent two weeks in an Ari­zona treat­ment fa­cil­ity amid a then-se­cret strug­gle with the au­toim­mune dis­ease lu­pus, on­go­ing drama with Justin and what she de­scribed at the time as a “need to spend some time on my­self.” ( Her rep said she checked in for emo­tional is­sues.) Now, says her friend, “The scari­est part is that she’s drink­ing and par­ty­ing about 10 times harder than ever be­fore and her health is hor­ri­ble.”

She’s des­per­ately un­happy. “Se­lena’s ma­jor source of un­happi- ness right now is twofold,” ex­plains an in­sider. “She’s re­al­iz­ing that the ca­reer she so des­per­ately wanted as a child doesn’t ful­fill her any­more. And then there’s her in­abil­ity to date a nice, nor­mal guy.” With four months left on her gru­el­ing world tour, she’s re­minded of her prob­lems ev­ery sin­gle day. “Se­lena is emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally ex­hausted,” says a source, “and she also feels all alone.”

That’s why she’s been un­rav­el­ing all sum­mer. On July 23 — just one day af­ter her 24th birth­day — Se­lena nearly broke down on­stage in In­done­sia be­fore post­ing, then delet­ing, an emo­tion­ally fraught In­sta­gram rant ex­plain­ing how she felt “ex­tremely unau­then­tic, un­con­nected to both my­self and my mu­sic” and needed to re­think her life “cre­atively and per­son­ally.” Then on Aug. 15, she got into a public war with Justin, 22, on In­sta­gram in — of all places — the com­ments sec­tion of a pic­ture he’d posted with new love Sofia Richie, 18. “Se­lena flew into a jeal­ous rage and was shak­ing with anger” when she saw the pic and started en­gag­ing her ex (see right), says the source. “Now she des­per­ately wants to clear the air with Justin, but he’s hav­ing none of it. And the more he ig­nores her, the worse she feels.”

She needs help. “Se­lena is head­ing down a slip­pery slope of self­de­struc­tion,” says the source. “Her mom, Mandy [Teefey], is pet­ri­fied that if her daugh­ter doesn’t slow down, she’ll suf­fer from an­other lu­pus flare-up,” which could have dire con­se­quences. Her mom should be wor­ried, says the friend: “This is the worst we’ve ever seen her and she seems to get worse ev­ery week. If she does end up back in re­hab, we just hope she re­mains there for at least a month rather than just a few days so that she truly gets the help she needs.” ◼

Ev­ery­one’s wor­ried she’ll have a break­down be­fore she makes it to the end of her tour”


OUT OF CON­TROL “Se­lena’s been be­hav­ing er­rat­i­cally for weeks,” says a source.

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