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Selena Gomez Attacked for Weight Gain While Battling Disease

Pop star Selena Gomez
Pop star Selena Gomez (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:33 AM

It has not been an easy few years for pop star Selena Gomez. She has battled lupus, underwent a kidney transplant, and suffered a broken heart after splitting with Justin Bieber. Being in the spotlight meant all this unfolded in the public eye but rather than empathize with the 27-year-old singer, many criticized her for gaining weight while receiving treatment for her disease.

Gomez opened up about body shaming in an interview on the Giving Back Generation podcast.

"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," she said, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The medication she has to take for the rest of her life causes weight fluctuations, which is what Gomez was experiencing when the public began "attacking" her.

"In reality, that's just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends on what's happening in my life," she said, adding that the remarks did get into her head and impacted her confidence.

The criticism prompted Gomez to step back from social media. Earlier this year she deleted Instagram, claiming that it was bad for her health and made her feel depressed.

"I used to [go online on Instagram and engage with my followers] a lot, but I think it's just become really unhealthy for young people, including myself, to spend a lot of time fixating on all these comments and letting this stuff in, and it was affecting me," she said at the time.

She has since returned to social media but controls how much time she spends on it and what content she shares.

"I'm very happy with living my life and being present," she told Giving Back Generation, according to E! News. "Because that's it. Similar to me posting a photo and walking away; for me that's it. I will do a red carpet, I will do whatever; I don't need to see it; I participated; I felt wonderful and that's where the extent of it is. I don't care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say."

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It has not been an easy few years for pop star Selena Gomez because of health challenges, and now she's revealing that she was ridiculed because of changes to her weight.
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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:33 AM
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