Selena Gomez wears many hats – singer, actress, founder of Rare Beauty, producer of Netflix 13 reasons why, and co-founder of the Wondermind media platform, which aims to de-stigmatize mental health. As a longtime advocate for mental health awareness – especially after sharing in September 2020 that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — it was only fitting that the co-founder graced the cover of Wondermind’s first April issue.
But for Cover of May’s Wondermind, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month, Gomez switched gears and served as an interviewer. Gomez sat down with Camila Cabello, another celeb who was also candid about her mental health journey. Talking about his anxiety, his therapy and his prescription drugs, the 25-year-old “Bam Bam” singer described her mental health issues and how she dealt with them.
Anxiety, she said, is like “trying to get an answer, or a way to have control or certainty.” Comparing it to a “bad trip”, it’s “dizzying and overwhelming”, she added. “It’s a loop, like obsessive-compulsive stuff.” She also explained how her anxiety manifests physically. “In my body, it’s a tightness, almost like I can’t move, like my hands are tied and everything is tied together.”
Cabello is no stranger to speaking out about her anxiety. In May 2020, she wrote a the wall street journal test on how his anxiety manifests as obsessive compulsive disorder. She even shared that she had to pretend to be fine and “never let the people around me know how badly I was really hurting.”
It got worse before it got better. In November 2021, the Cinderella star said People how pandemic-induced production filming suspensions caused her to “break down crying at least once a day” and feel “terribly anxious“, “unstable” and “a mess”. She added: “I found myself with my anxiety and my mind. And it bothered my relationship. It interfered with my friendships, my time at home. That same month, Cabello announced that she had split from collaborator “Señorita” Shawn Mendes after nearly three years of dating.
Like many artists, she poured her struggles into her third album, Family, released on April 8, with tracks that dive into his mental health journey. The track “Psychofreak”, in particular, even refers to its fallout with her former girl group Fifth Harmony.
Speaking about the album’s aftermath, Cabello told Gomez, “I feel so much better.” The process of creating the album was “really difficult”. She shared, “I felt really anxious even talking about these things because I think before I went on this trip, I was almost afraid of being discovered, like, It’s weird, my brain is broken, it’s not normal.” The “most healing” part came next. “Once I opened my doors, these people didn’t leave me,” she said.
Along with seeing a therapist, Cabello has also been candid about taking prescription medication. “I took an SSRI and it definitely helped me a lot.” She said: “I really think drugs can be really helpful and necessary…100% they can save your life.”
“I almost shamed myself thinking that people wouldn’t understand that I have anxiety, because why? Just telling the truth about how you feel…it really helps a lot.
When Gomez asked Cabello about the best mental health advice she’s received, the Fifth Harmony alum said, “Fake it or pretend is the worst thing for my mental health.
“From the outside, my life looks great. I can do an album, or I’m in this relationship, whatever,” she said. wouldn’t understand that I have anxiety because why? Just telling the truth about how you feel…it really helps a lot, and finding people you feel safe with to say that is the most relaxing thing .
If you or someone you know is looking for help with mental health issues, visit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, or call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). For confidential treatment referrals, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). In an emergency, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911.