'I didn't want to do a public thing': Selena Gomez on reaching out to best friend Demi Lovato privately after her drug overdose
According to the magazine, the 'Back to You' singer was on the verge of tears and “choking up” when she started to talk about Lovato
Selena Gomez has finally broken her silence about best friend Demi Lovato's overdose and revealed that she reached out to the 'Heart attack' singer in her vulnerable state.
In an interview with Elle for its October cover, the 26-year-old singer opened up and revealed that she chose to offer her support to Lovato privately and not in public. According to the magazine, the 'Back to You' singer was on the verge of tears and “choking up” when she started to talk about it. "All I'm saying is, I reached out personally," she said. "I didn't do a public thing. I didn't want to. I … I love her. I've known her since I was seven. So … it's … that's what I'll say."
On July 24, medical services were called and rushed to the 'Sober' singer’s Hollywood Hills home, where she was revived with Narcan. Lovato was hospitalized for more than a week before she was released on August 4 to enter an in-patient treatment facility. The singer then took to social media and announced that she needed "time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery."
In the cover story for Elle, Selena also shared that she has been making massive changes in her life of late. From moving out of LA and to the more suburban Orange County with a friend from church. "I can’t do any of the things I do here in LA. It’s just impossible," she continued.
“I’m going back to simplicity. That’s always who I’ve been. It’s not me saying, ‘I feel the best I’ve ever felt.' It’s me saying, ‘I’m exactly where I am. And I’m so happy I’m in this place.’ It’s a lot of self-discovery. From 20 to 26? Oh my gosh. I feel like a totally different person.”
She also added that will be selling three of her homes — her Calabasas estate, her Texas mansion and her studio city apartment. And as a process to focus on finding what matters to her she revealed that she has been volunteering at an anti-human trafficking organization, A21, since March.
But she was hesitant to talk about it at first. “I wasn’t going to immediately start discussing it. It’s out of my comfort zone. I needed to be fully immersed in it,” she said, adding, “What a great thing another celebrity is doing — that’s not why I want to talk about it. I can’t be silent about this.”
That's not all, the singer also made another revelation about her lifestyle. Though she might be the most followed person on Instagram, but what is shocking is that she does not have the app on her phone at all. Neither does she know the password of it. She can only update it from the phone of a friend she’s given access to.
“I’m not on the internet. I haven’t been on the internet in months,” she shared with the magazine. “I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game … The reason why is, it’s not real to me … I know my voice is very prominent, but I’m not careless with it. I’m selective.”
The hitmaker also opened up about her upcoming album and another ongoing project that she has. Her sneaker design in collaboration with Puma has her initials SG in its title, but the singer revealed to Footwear news that it also stands for “strong girls."
“The whole point is to take the focus away from me; it’s about what I believe in and what I choose to do with the platform I’m given,” Gomez continued. “It’s much bigger than me and it’s much bigger than Puma — it’s about how you feel.”
Gomez even spoke to Elle about the social media controversy when designer Stefano Gabbana referred to her as “ugly” in an Instagram comment. She says she is staying true to herself. “It’s OK that I’m not accepted this way. It’s OK that I’m nice and not intense. I don’t really care,” Gomez shared. “I have to express my message to myself more than my fans. I would say that ‘I get it, I’m like you,'" the singer added.