Selena Gomez Opens Up About Rehab And Disney Channel


Selena Gomez has been back in the public eye for about three months, but the memories of her time in a mental health rehabilitation center are still with her.

It's particularly relevant to her now, as the premiere of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" approaches, on which Selena is an executive producer.

Based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher, the series follows a teenage girl named Hannah (played by Katherine Langford), who commits suicide after she struggles with her mental health.

At a panel hosted by Netflix in New York City on Wednesday, Selena opened up about her own connection to Hannah, her depression and her time in rehab — which was during same time "13 Reasons Why" was filming.

She said,

Reports of the 24-year-old singer spending time at a treatment facility in Tennessee first came out back in October, a month after Selena announced she was taking a hiatus for her mental health.

Selena reflected on her own experience there with depression as compared to the character Hannah's experience in "13 Reasons Why," and she sees one main difference: Disney Channel.

Selena said,

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The former Disney star said watching these issues of depression, anxiety and suicide play out in "13 Reasons Why" was an emotional experience, because they hit so close to home.

But she feels proud of what the show is accomplishing, and hopes it can help other young people struggling with similar battles find some sense of solidarity and peace.

She said,

"13 Reasons Why" stars actors Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette and will begin streaming on Netflix on March 31.