Selena Gomez is killing the game right now: The second season of Hulu’s critically acclaimed mystery/comedy, Only Murders in the Building, in which Gomez stars alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short, will premiere at the end of this month, and her makeup line, Rare Beauty, is a hit—especially on her popular TikTok account.
But for a while in the 2010s, things weren’t going so great for the actor-singer-producer, and she’s opening up about her rough patch in a new interview.
“It was necessary for me to walk through those things. I had a lot of soul-searching to do,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of moving past her on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber and her subsequent super-public relationship with The Weeknd. Those ups and downs, in addition to health troubles, led to the five-year gap between her studio albums Revival and Rare.
“By all means, I don’t have life figured out, but I do know that during that time I was learning so much about myself,” she said. “I was, you know, obviously going through a really tough breakup, and then I was left with the question of my career and where am I gonna go and what’s gonna happen? It just was all of these different things I was feeling. And then my medical stuff kind of kicked in—I was dealing with my lupus and I was dealing with some kidney problems. It was actually really hard.”
But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. At least, that’s been the case for Selena Gomez. “Being on the other side of it, I have to be honest, it’s actually been really good for me. It allowed me to develop a character where I don’t tolerate any sort of nonsense or disrespect in any way, and I’m really proud of how I came out of it,” she continued.