'She felt like she needed to get away'
Words by Melody Chiu
From the editors of PEOPLE
After a stressful year, Selena Gomez is putting her health first and recently sought treatment for depression and anxiety, PEOPLE confirms.
‘She felt like she needed to get away and focus on herself with no distractions,’ says a source close to Gomez. ‘She came back feeling very empowered.’
According to The Blast (which was first to report the news), the singer, 25, completed a two-week program in New York City where she stayed on-site at the center and underwent therapy, ate healthy meals and took pilates and meditation sessions.
‘She wants to go again later this year,’ adds the source. ‘She feels and looks great. She’s still working on new music and is excited about it.’
According to the source, Gomez’s on-again beau Justin Bieber was supportive of her decision to seek treatment but ‘she did this for herself.’ The star was spotted cheering on Bieber at his hockey team on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
‘After all the noise that happened over the holidays, she felt like she needed this,’ says the source. In December, multiple sources told PEOPLE Gomez was not currently speaking to her mom Mandy Teefey.
This isn’t the first time Gomez has taken a break to focus on her health. In August 2016, Gomez announced she was stepping away from the spotlight to ‘focus on maintaining my health and happiness’ after suffering from ‘anxiety, panic attacks and depression’ as side effects of her lupus.
A source close to Gomez told PEOPLE at the time her break was not related to alcohol or substance abuse. Two months later, multiple sources confirmed Gomez was seeking professional treatment to work on her emotional health.
The entertainer — who underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her longtime friend Francia Raisa last summer — has gotten increasingly candid about her struggles with mental health and the challenges she’s faced growing up in the spotlight.