Selena Gomez has broken her social media silence with a personal announcement

'It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming.'

Selena Gomez is one of the most talked-about women in the world, until very recently holding the title of most followed person on Instagram – 144 million followers, people!

So why has Selena Gomez slipped down to number two, behind Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, it’s probably got something to do with her social media silence, taking a break to focus on her mental health.

The Wolves singer has been MIA since October when it was reported that she had been admitted to a mental health facility following a reported ‘emotional breakdown’.

The 26-year-old was reportedly hospitalised twice in two weeks, with the most recent being down to the breakdown.

The first hospital visit is said to have taken place in the last week of September, when according to the TMZ, the singer was ‘despondent and emotional over an alarmingly low white blood cell count in the wake of her kidney transplant’.

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I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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After being released a few days later, Selena was reportedly ‘re-admitted late the following week because her low blood cell count persisted’ and ‘it threw Selena into a downward emotional spiral’.

According to the outlet, the It Ain’t Me singer wanted to leave hospital and had an ‘emotional breakdown’ when she wasn’t able to.

Now, however, Selena is back, returning to Instagram to break her social media silence with a life update.

‘It’s been a while since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for your love and support,’ Selena posted. ‘Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth. It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.’

Sending love and support to Selena!

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