Sharing her story. Selena Gomez revealed she struggled with self-love while discussing her mental health journey.

“I used to look at myself and feel not pretty enough,” the 28-year-old told People in a story published on Wednesday, September 2. “But I think it’s natural for people to feel that way sometimes.”

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“You feel like you have to look a certain way or be a certain way, but that’s not the case,” she continued explaining her decision to go into the beauty industry with her cosmetics line, Rare Beauty. “This is a way for me to be a part of a beauty community and say, ‘I’m practicing and I’m learning, and you can too.’”

While it may seem like the “Lose You to Love Me” singer is an open book, she admitted it took time for her to feel comfortable with sharing her truth. “[Being open] isn’t an easy thing to ask of someone. I’ve had to go away a few times for stuff I didn’t know [I was struggling with] and was confused by,” the Spring Breakers actress said. “And then this stigma came: What would people think? But when I thought about it, my first answer was, ‘I don’t care, this is my truth.’ I’m not a stigma. I’m a person that walks their life.”

In addition to accepting the challenge of sharing her story, Selena also had to learn the importance of finding support. “I’ve tried a ton of different things, but the one thing I’ve never stopped doing is asking for help,” the former Disney star explained. “That was the hardest part, but I truly believe that that’s why I’m stronger. This is something that is the most important thing in the world to me because it’s my mental health.”

Although Selena is open about her journey, she never wanted her struggles to hold her back from what she loves most. “As far as my career, I’m professional and I work very hard. At the same time, I do deal with mental health [issues] and I wanted that to also be known,” the songstress shared. “In the beginning it seemed hopeless. Sometimes it was a challenge for me to even get out of bed. I was like, ‘Why can’t I be like you guys?’ Over the years I’ve finally found my rhythm, but it took me time.”

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