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The Meaning Behind Selena Gomez's Latest Tattoo

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By Joe Allen

Selena Gomez's time in the spotlight has lasted close to a decade, and fans have seen the singer go through a lot in that time. Gomez has had to deal with invasions of her privacy, a battle with lupus, and plenty of romantic relationships.

As she works to deal with all of these pressures, Gomez also finds ways to express herself. These expressions can take a variety of forms, including her music, and the tiny tattoos that she is sometimes seen sporting.

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Recently, Gomez was spotted out with a new tattoo on her neck. This tattoo simply says "Rare," which is the name of her new album and the first single off of that album.

The song and album were both attempts by the singer to put herself out there and be more vulnerable. It's a proclamation that she's not perfect, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have any worth. She's a survivor, and although she's still young, she's already been through more than most people.


After she rose to prominence as a Disney Channel star, it was revealed that Gomez was struggling with lupus. In 2014, she checked herself into rehab to seek treatment for the illness, and ultimately had to undergo chemotherapy.

At the time, many media outlets assumed that the young star was dealing with substance abuse issues, but after she began speaking more openly about her diagnosis, the truth became clear. In 2016, she checked back into rehab after bouts of anxiety and depression.

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In 2017, she underwent a kidney transplant, and in 2018, she was hospitalized again for mental health issues related to her low white blood cell count. Needless to say, Gomez has already had to do quite a bit to survive even to 27.

Her latest album is meant to be a testament to her staying power, and that's why she commemorated it with a new tattoo. It's a reminder to herself that she is rare, and she should never forget that.


The "rare" tattoo is not the singer's first. In fact, she has roughly ten tattoos in total, and they're scattered all over her body.

For the most part, these tattoos are tiny and hardly noticeable. In 2019, though, she got a rather large and intricate one on her thigh. Her other tattoos include a musical note on her wrist, scroll style text on her foot, roman numerals on her neck, and a semicolon on her wrist. "Rare" is not her first, and it likely won't be her last.

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