Selena Gomez has shared that she has been deeply hurt by the body-shaming comments she has received over the years. The singer and actress revealed in an interview for Apple TV+'s documentary series titled "Dear..." that her weight constantly fluctuated due to medications and that she was being shamed for gaining weight because of her lupus diagnosis.
"I was being shamed for gaining weight because of my lupus. It was like they couldn't wait to find a thing to bring me down," she said.
The reason why she kept her pain away from the public eye and kept a brave face was that she wanted to set an example for those who experience the same criticism.
"Though I was posting these things saying it doesn't bother me, because I didn't want it to bother other people who are experiencing the same thing, getting shamed for what they look like, who they are, who they love," she continued.
"I just think it's so unfair. I don't think that anybody deserves to feel less than." Despite her struggles, Gomez has repeatedly set a great example and encouraged people who struggled with their body image.
Through her makeup brand, Rare Beauty, and her music, Gomez advocates for body positivity. She released "My Mind & Me," a documentary that delved into her private life and showed her during her most vulnerable moments.
In the documentary, she sings a song of the same name that opens with, "Wanna hear a part of my story/I tried to hide in the glory and sweep it under the table so you would never know."
Gomez's advocacy for body positivity is truly inspiring, and she encourages anyone who feels any sort of shame for what they are going through to know that they are beautiful and wonderful.