Selena Gomez Back in Rehab for Mental Health 'Tune-Up'

By David Konow 02/06/18

The singer and actress reportedly focused on balancing her physical and mental wellness during her time off.

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Selena Gomez

In 2016, Selena Gomez went public about going into rehab for anxiety and depression, and now reports have surfaced that she just went into a treatment program in New York for two weeks to focus on her mental health in the new year.

As a source told E! News, Gomez had “a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself.” After leaving the facility, a source told People that Selena is “doing great.” Apparently her beau Justin Bieber has also been “very supportive of Selena feeling her best. Their relationship is very special.” When Selena “doesn’t feel well, she seeks help,” the source continues.

A source close to Gomez also told People, “She felt like she needed to get away and focus on herself with no distractions. She came back feeling very empowered. She wants to go again later this year. She feels and looks great. She’s still working on new music and is excited about it.”

As The Blast reports, Gomez was able to keep her phone, and leave when she wanted to. During her stay, she engaged in therapy, did yoga and Pilates, and she considered the visit “a tune-up.”

As a source explained to Us Weekly, Gomez’s recent visit was “about physical, mental wellness and clean eating... She was there for about two weeks but she was also in the city doing work. She feels great. She doesn’t want to slip back to where she was ever. She always wants to be proactive. She’s had a lot going on in the last few months and she wanted to clear her mind and thought this was the way to do it. She loved it. She will be back at some point during the year.”

Before her recent “tune-up,” Gomez has been publicly open about her struggles with her mental health and lupus, an autoimmune disease.

She told InStyle that the first time she got help in a mental health treatment center in Tennessee, “I went away for 90 days, and it was the best thing I could’ve done," she said. "I had no phone, nothing, and I was scared. But it was amazing, and I learned a lot.”

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