Selena Gomez Inspires Women as She Battles Lupus

Mary Peffer

Selena Gomez has been a megastar since the age of 7, and with that has come endless commentary dedicated to tearing down any amount of her self-esteem that’s managed to stick. While it’s NEVER okay in our book to go negative on another person, the world didn’t know that Gomez has also been suffering from lupus—a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. 

Despite Gomez undergoing chemotherapy as she battles the life-threatening illness, she opened up to Billboard magazine about her reality. Gomez says she has faced attacks extending beyond predictable paparazzi; with her actual peers slamming her on social media. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she says. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying.” 

The anxiety grew to a point where the singer didn’t want to be in public. She shared, “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.” What would be enough for most of us to hide indoors healthy or otherwise, Gomez ultimately turned into her biggest strength saying, "The hate motivated me." But Gomez isn’t alone; she notes that gal pal Taylor Swift helped empower her to return to the spotlight. 

Have you encountered body shaming? Share what gave you strength in the comments below!

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