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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Mental Health, Being In Quarantine

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By Emily Reily

Selena Gomez says she's been taking care of herself mentally during the pandemic, acknowledging it's not easy for anyone to cope under these circumstances.

And now that she's taken some time to be introspective, she says she's learning more about herself every day, something that may not have happened if 2020 was a regular year.

Gomez is also out promoting her upcoming cooking show called "Selena + Chef" that premieres on HBO Max on Aug. 13.

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Selena Gomez is getting real, talking about mental health during a pandemic.
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Gomez was at WarnerMedia's virtual Television Critics Association press tour to talk about the new show and how she's coping in a crisis like this.

Citing Entertainment Tonight, Gomez says:

"I tried to find what I needed to get me through it. I have great friends and I see a therapist and keep my mind positive. I've learned so much about myself. I've learned more about my country than I ever have from school or anything. So I've been very grateful for that as well."

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Regarding "Selena + Chef," Gomez talked about the chance to work on a project that maybe wouldn't be so serious. It sounded like she needed a break from all the negative things that are going on globally, and "Selena + Chef" was a good fit for that.

"I really thought this would be something lighthearted because I was getting, definitely, down. And I know that a lot's going on. Of course, there are more important things going on, but this was an opportunity to make something that could make people smile."

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At the end of July, Gomez shared an Instagram Live post, captioning it "a message from me," explaining why she hadn't been on social media that much.

She said she didn't want to take attention away from the issues that matter most right now, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I just wanted to let you know that I love you guys and I miss you and there's so many exciting things coming up that I can't wait to share with all of you," she told fans.

Gomez she was taking that social media break to give herself "time to learn, truly learn about what's going on" and thought it would be "a little insensitive" to talk about "joyful" things during this world crisis.

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Gomez wanted to let others know that it's okay to feel overwhelmed at a time like this.

"It’s not easy for anyone to be walking through what we're walking through. It’s not normal, and it’s affecting people, specifically with mental health, and people who could have never thought about things they're thinking about now."

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