Selena Gomez says she’s seeking counseling after reading all the negative things people have said about her body.
The “Same Old Love” singer claims she was body-shamed so badly this summer when she admittedly gained a few pounds that she had to find professional help regarding her body struggles.
“I’ve been working in therapy,” Gomez, 23, tells Us Weekly [via Daily Mail]. “I’d land at the airport and people would yell out, ‘You’re fat!’ It was awful.”
“This was the first year I ever dealt with anyone talking about my body,” she continues. “Even if I did gain weight, I’m fine.”
Gomez first faced cruel criticism of her body when paparazzi photos of her in an ill-fitting bikini surfaced online in April. At the time, many trolls told the former Disney starlet that she should “stop eating junk food” and start working out. Gomez responded by embracing her new curves and sharing a message of self-acceptance.
“Each year, I’m becoming more who I am,” Gomez tells the publication. “I have a little more self-awareness. I feel confident and free. I’m not going to hide in my room and be depressed.”
“Being naked is amazing,” she says, referring to her nearly-nude album cover for Revival. She adds of the upcoming record, “There were moments when I was like, ‘I can’t do this, I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I was the executive producer and had full control. The pressure pushed me to greatness.”