Selena Gomez has experienced a year filled with challenges. In August, she and off-again, on-again boyfriend Justin Bieber battled on Instagram over his then-girlfriend Sofia Richie, followed by her announcement that she was taking time off to cope with the symptoms of lupus, including anxiety and depression. But new reports are revealing that she’s “miserable” while allegedly staying at rehab and that although a visit from Jennifer Aniston lifted her spirits, it’s Bieber who is getting blamed for her issues.
The “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer “blames” Bieber for her “breakdown,” reported Life & Style, which also revealed that she is describing 2016 as “one of the worst years of her life.”
Following the news that she canceled her Revival World Tour to take time for focusing on her health, sources told Life & Style that Selena is feeling “backed into a corner” by Justin. The trigger? Those pictures that went viral on social media showing Bieber with his then-girlfriend Sofia.
“It was really hard for her,” explained one of the insiders.
“She saw Justin looking so happy and that really sent her into a downward spiral.”
But another report points out that lupus also plays a role in Selena’s issues while alleging that Bieber is tied into her problems.
In Touch described Gomez’s “unhealthy relationship” with Justin as one of the main reasons for her tour cancellation, while also emphasizing that her battle with lupus is “at the core” of her struggles. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the system attacks its own organs and tissues, and battling the symptoms of that disease, combined with her “unstable” romance with Bieber, caused what In Touch’s source termed a “meltdown.”
The spotlight on Justin’s romance with Richie led to the “meltdown,” clarified the insider. And although Justin, 22, attempted to steer clear of his 24-year-old former girlfriend, that actually made matters worse, added the source.
“The more he ignored her, the more she freaked out.”
The news about Selena isn’t all negative, however. Amid her alleged stay in rehab, a visit from her pal Jennifer Aniston lifted the singer’s spirits, according to a source cited by OK.
Jennifer, 47, became friends with the pop princess last year, and Aniston visited Gomez in rehab recently, revealed the insider.
“She got the surprise of her life when [Jennifer] showed up. She’s incredible [and] supportive.”
Moreover, Aniston took the time to let her young friend know that she had a lot of support.
“Selena’s been going through hell with anxiety and depression over her lupus and [Jennifer] wanted to let her know everyone is rooting for her,” added the insider. “[Aniston] really cheered her up.”
But despite that uplifting visit from Jennifer, the alleged rehab stay has been difficult, according to In Touch, which reported that Gomez is “miserable” at the treatment facility.
“She absolutely hates it there,” a source told In Touch.
Would a visit from Bieber lift her spirits even more than that reported visit from Aniston, or could a reunion attempt make matters worse?
Us Weekly revealed that Gomez has been attempting to cut off rather than facilitate contact from Bieber after their Instagram war of words. The “Same Old Love” singer and Justin have survived an on-again-off-again relationship since 2011.
But now she has “changed her phone number” and even requested that her contacts “not give it to [Bieber],” an insider told Us.
The decision to cut off contact follows the Instagram battle with Justin, during which Gomez advised Bieber to halt his fondness at the time for posting pictures of himself with Sofia.
“It should be special between you two only,” she advised Justin.
Bieber responded with allegations that she cheated with former One Direction star Zayn Malik.
“Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” noted Justin.
Ouch. The source revealed that the war of words triggered the “Hands To Myself” singer.
“Selena lost it. She can be fragile emotionally and Justin is a major factor.”
Soon after that battle, the 24-year-old became “focused on her mental health,” using her time off to cope with lupus symptoms, such as anxiety, according to the insider.
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