Aug 31, 2016 11:06AM

Selena Gomez Gets Real On Dealing With Anxiety & Depression

"I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

Perfect angel Selena Gomez has had a pretty busy 24 years on this earth, having ascended from child actor to pop star via Justin Bieber and hella press. She's also been pumping out movies, TV spots and bangers for years like it ain't no thing. That's one heckers lifestyle.

The most-loved person on Instagram takes it all in her stride tho, even when the media assumed her lupus diagnosis, and subsequent chemotherapy treatment, was a struggle with substance abuse, back in 2014. The little legend bounced right back after this break/media BS, but the disease is something she's sadly still dealing with.

This week Selena announced that she's taking some time off to treat the depression and anxiety she's been experiencing as a result of the disease.

"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," Selena told People. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."

This admission is not only true and real, but also a pretty huge deal given that there are still taboos around these totally human disorders. Selena went on to explain why she's made this decision, and offered some words of support to anyone in the same position:

"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," she said. "Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

This sensible career move, and open approach to dealing with her issues, sends a very posi message to Selena's 97 million fans, aka the entire internet/world.

Get better, boo.

If you, or anyone you know, are struggling and/or in crisis, you can give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14, or if you are in need of counselling/a chat call BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636.

Photo: @selenagomez

Lucy Jones