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Selena Gomez Reveals She's Bipolar to Miley Cyrus: 'It Doesn't Scare Me'

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By Zachary Holt

Selena Gomez has had quite the roller coaster over the last several years, which has included battles with depression and anxiety, as well as, an abusive relationship with Justin Bieber.

It's taken the singer time to redevelop her image and confidence. Gomez was able to do so through crafting her latest album 'Rare', and specifically, the track 'Lose You to Love Me'.

The former Disney star has been very open about her mental health struggles and continues to share her stories. Recently, Gomez added to those candid moments as she appeared on Miley Cyrus' 'Bright Minded' podcast where she revealed that she has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.

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"Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar," Gomez told her former Disney co-star. "And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it."

While the two former actresses were at one point very close, they had drifted apart over the years. During the 'Bright Minded' segment, though, Cyrus praised Gomez for reaching out to her and 'letting her know that she was there'.

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"I’m just really happy that we did this new DM. It was very sweet because you just sent a butterfly emoji," the 'Party in the USA' singer told Gomez. "And that’s enough. Connecting with people and letting them know that you’re there. A butterfly emoji is totally enough."

With maintaining mental health has been one of the primary tenants of the podcast, the two talked about how they were coping amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in people being placed on lockdown and without a form of income in many cases, something worrying for those who are struggling with their mental health.

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"I’ve been writing a lot. I think that that’s been helping me process what’s been going on," Gomez explained to Cyrus. "A lot of it is connecting with people that maybe you haven’t been the greatest to that you may not have thought about."

"I feel like there’s been a lot of people I’ve gotten to do that with not necessarily saying it was bad, but just saying, ‘Hey, I hope you’re safe. I hope you’re doing okay,’ and that you know you’re on my side. I’m only sending you love from this end," she continued. The two also chatted about non-profit organizations that are assisting those directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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"There are moments where I just have to center myself and let the thoughts come in. 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 explained to Cyrus.

Towards the end of the installment, the two singers expressed their concerns about the eldery population who are most at risk for contracting the coronavirus. For them, they're disappointed in the younger people who aren't taking the self-isolation recommendation more seriously. They encouraged people to think of their grandparents and subsequently, to do the right thing.

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