Selena Gomez reunited with Miley Cyrus on Cyrus’ Bright Minded Instagram Live show today, and the two singers had a candid discussion about mental health, with Gomez revealing for the first time that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Gomez had previously spoken out before about getting help for depression and being diagnosed by doctors but had not spoken in detail about the diagnosis.
Cyrus started by asking Gomez how she elevates helpful, rather than unhelpful, dark thoughts, during a time of social isolation. Gomez told Cyrus she does that in part by talking to friends and “communicating with women I respect. I have a few older women that I look up to that aren’t in the industry. I call them. And I think talking through what it is you’re feeling is extremely helpful, and I think there’s wisdom in all of this in women and with other people.”
“But sometimes I have to feel it, Miley,” Gomez admitted. “Sometimes I’ve got to cry it out and I’ve got to release it and take a deep breath and then remind myself go back to my tools. Okay, where is this coming from? I understand I’m a big empath, so I feel so much of what world is feeling so maybe I need to take a step back from that or whatever it is but also just being there for other people actually helps me too.”
“I agree,” Cyrus said. “It’s given me so much light in this time just to connect with people, like you said, people I respect and people I love and want to hear their advice, but just to know people are there and just to know that people are feeling the same way that I feel makes me feel less alone. What’s your advice for someone who’s afraid to talk about mental health? Where would you tell people to reach out? How do you talk about mental health?”
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