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Selena Gomez Is Using Quarantine as a Vessel for Newfound Creativity

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By Brooklyn Denton

Instead of letting the quarantine keep a good girl down, Selena Gomez is allowing this surprise downtime to be a vessel for creativity. For Gomez, it has also proved to be quite a respite during the storm of what's going on in the outside world.

The singer/actress spoke candidly to Miley Cyrus in a recent Instagram live interview for Cyrus' show "Bright Minded" and in addition to dropping a bombshell that she is bipolar, the 27-year-old admitted that writing has been a form of coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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"I’ve been writing a lot. I think that that’s been helping me process what’s been going on," she told Cyrus about her process.

While Gomez admitted putting words to paper has been a form of self-therapy, she didn't come clean about whether or not writing includes composing new lyrics for new music. However, on the April 3 show, she did leave the door open for possibility. "There are moments where I just have to center myself and let the thoughts come in."

She continued, "Sometimes I’ll write them down, and then completely just sit with, ‘What is it? What is the root of this? Why can I get to the bottom of this?’ And it really helps me."

Gomez is known for how personal she gets in her music. So, taking time out to unearth and cultivate emotions to dissect and understand could very well prove to ignite her writing process. The singer just released her most recent body of work with her album Rare earlier this year.

In a conversation with Zane Lowe for his Apple Music's Beats 1 show earlier this year, the starlet talked about the blood, sweat and tears she poured into her third studio album. "This is four years of my life, and I think I'm completely okay with releasing it," she began.

"But there had always been something that was preventing me or scaring me from doing it, and I'm so glad that I've followed that gut instinct, because it's so crazy that every single moment counts, down to literally 'Lose You to Love Me' and 'Look at Her Now' is out, but we were still, the last day, writing music that ... the song I personally think is going to be one of our biggest as well."

The singer also confessed that she had to learn to establish boundaries for herself. "Sometimes I pushed myself too far. When I did have to take moments and step back, I didn't find that it was embarrassing or that I was letting myself down or letting fans down," she told Lowe.

"It meant that I needed to make sure... Basically, I didn't want to get to a certain age where it was almost too late that I didn't figure this stuff out, and I had been going through all of these different emotions, not specifically within relationships. It's personal. It's bigger than that. It's people at home. There was a lot there, and I'm grateful, because it has brought me through all of it, but I have this relationship with my job and my work that keeps me going."

Gomez also took the time to give Cyrus some major props while guesting on her new Instagram series. "I’ve always been a fan of yours and think you’re one of the greatest singers, ever," she told Cyrus.

It was a beautiful moment shared between two Disney Channel darlings who were the talk of the town in their younger days, especially when both actresses dated Nick Jonas. If there was any remnants of beef believed to still be there after all these years, Cyrus and Gomez squashed it with their candid exchange.

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