By Michaela Del Viscovo
The stigma associated with rehab is, unfortunately, way too prevalent today. It’s hard enough for us “regulars” of the world to deal with friends and peer’s opinions, but for celebrities who are unavoidably in the spotlight, the judgement is only amplified.
Due to the inordinate amount of stars who have entered rehab for drug abuse and related issues, when news that any celeb has just entered rehab starts circulating, the public can’t help but wrongfully assume the worst.
“Oh, he was obviously a drug addict.” “She definitely had a drinking problem.” The public is quick to make comments like these, which is very similar to what surfaced when the news that Selena Gomez- everyone’s favorite Disney wizard- was entering rehab.
Back in 2014, Selena Gomez went to rehab and naturally decided to reveal little information- the only thing she disclosed was that her treatment was not for substance abuse. We get it, rehab is a very private subject. Nevertheless, that comment definitely caused some unnecessary speculation from the public… even though it was completely true, not many believed it.
After Gomez returned from rehab, she parted ways with her manager (her mother), her record label and soon enough, left the one and only Biebs…
Nothing added up. Once she came back from rehab she essentially decided to start not only her life, but her career over, something was still off. When her new album Revival came out that October and she decided to explain her inspiration behind it– the truth came out. She was in rehab for the autoimmune disease, lupus.
Some words taken straight from her interview with GQ: “First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay. And I was going through leukemia”—I think she means chemotherapy here—”
As sad as it is to say, the number of people who go to rehab for an actual disease, rather than a mental illness or addiction of some sort is very small. Which is why people were quick to assume the worse for Selena. But, although it seems like lupus is “just a disease,” and therefore easily cured, that is not the case in the least bit. Lupus is actually extremely physically damaging and can result in decreased cognitive function as well as mood disorders. It’s not a disease that some chemotherapy can fix completely.
Now, that we all know the truth, let’s make an effort to give Selena a break. In the GQ interview, she went onto say that “my past seems to be way more fascinating for people than my future, which bums me out.” And rightfully so, Selena.
One last remark: In the same interview, she excused herself to go to the bathroom and left her phone on the table. If that doesn’t show a trustworthy person than I don’t what does.