Selena Gomez Says Therapy Gave Her Confidence to Pose Nude on Album Cover (PHOTO)

selena gomez selfieImagine if strangers called you fat. And jeered that you should lose weight. Unless you're an unfeeling robot, you'd absorb the hateful comments and maybe even start to believe they're true. That's apparently what happened to pop star/actress/Taylor Swift bestie Selena Gomez: Fat-shaming put Selena in therapy.

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Last spring, photos surfaced of Selena vacationing in Mexico and looking slightly more curvy than usual. Nowhere NEAR what could be classified as overweight. She looked super-healthy and happy and even posted a pic on Instagram, declaring "I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove."

It was a nice move to hold off the haters, but, well, they just kept coming. Because somehow we've gotten into our heads that if people are famous, they have no feelings.

Selena seemed to take it all in stride. "I don't care about that stuff, but I did start gaining weight and I didn't really mind it," she said in recent radio interview last month. "I enjoyed it."

Well, maybe not quite.

In a new interview with Us Weekly, Selena says that she struggled. (Like any human being would, when bombarded with criticism.)

"This was the first year I ever dealt with anyone talking about my body," she confessed of the confidence-crushing experience. "I'd land at the airport and people would yell out, 'You're fat!' It was awful."

Um, yeah. We can't even imagine.

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So much that Selena admitted that she's been working on it in therapy. Luckily it's helped enough that, she says, "even if I did gain weight [now,] I'm fine."

That's why she chose to represent her struggle and pose nude for the cover of her new album, Revival. (On which some songs were written about the fat-shaming she endured.)

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"Each year, I'm becoming more who I am," the 23-year-old told Us. "I have a little more self-awareness. I feel confident and free. I'm not going to hide in my room and be depressed."

Not only is that good for Selena, but awesome for her many, many fans. We love a star who isn't afraid to admit she needed therapy to get through a tough time. Hopefully, her admission will inspire other women to realize a) loving your body ain't easy, but worth the journey, and b) it's totally okay to get help along the way.

 

Images via selenagomez/Instagram

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