Selena Gomez appears to be on the right track.
In the summer of 2016, the singer took a professional hiatus in order to check into a rehab facility, explaining her decision to fans as follows:
As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways.
I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.
I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.
Since issuing that statement, Gomez has held firm.
She has scarcely made any public appearances nor even made many other public comments.
In November, however, Gomez gave a moving speech at the American Music Awards after earning the trophy for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/ Rock.
‘I was absolutely broken inside," Gomez tearfully told the crowd of her trip to rehab, adding:
"I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down…
"I’m not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore… If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken."
You can watch Selena’s speech in full below:
According to Life & Style, part of the reason Selena is doing so well these days is due to Justin Bieber.
Rather, due to her lack of contact with Justin Bieber.
The tabloid quotes an anonymous source who says Gomez’s mother, Mandy, played a key role in ensuring that Gomez’s famous ex-boyfriend stayed far away from the artist after Selena got out of rehab.
"[Selena’s] family feels that no one has ever gotten under her skin like Justin and, ultimately, he affected her in a deeply negative way,” a source tells Life & Style, adding that Mandy actually reached out to Bieber late last year.
Mandy has reportedly urged Bieber not to call, text, email or see her child.
“[She] really believes that Selena will be able to heal faster without him,” the insider explains.
This is the second time the magazine has alleged that those close to Selena issued explicit warnings to Bieber.
Her loved ones believe he contributed in a significant manner to her downward spiral.
"Her addiction to Justin is what everyone is afraid is going to take the ultimate toll," a separate source said in December, adding:
"Justin takes her to a dark place mentally, and she really can’t let go. She was stalking Justin on social media.”
After Bieber asked fans to give his then-girlfriend a break over the summer, Selena actually jumped into Justin’s Comments section and basically told her ex that it was his fault that Sofia Richie was getting grief from his followers.
"If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only," Selena wrote on Bieber’s account a few months ago.
From there, Bieber deleted his Instagram page… allegedly shot down an apology attempt from Gomez… and this led to Selena’s sharp decline in mental welfare.
It’s sad, really.
We remember when Justin and Selena seemed like a fun, healthy and stable young couple. Feels like ages ago, doesn’t it?