She’s back and better than ever! Selena Gomez has been radio silent on social media since she reportedly checked herself into rehab last year, but she finally returned to Instagram on Jan. 14 to give fans some insight into the past few months of her very private life.

“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.,” the 26-year-old “Taki Taki” singer wrote beside three artsy-looking photographs of herself. “Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges, and growth.”

It sounds like Selena learned a lot about herself when she stepped out of the spotlight. “It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming,” she continued. “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.”

We’re very proud of her, too! Selena made the tough decision to get help for her mental health back in October, when she reportedly checked herself into treatment following a mental breakdown. Now, she seems to be doing much better. She’s been focusing on her health with frequent hot pilates classes and hikes, and has been spotted spending plenty of time with her pals.

Though this is Selena’s first post on her own Instagram, just last week fans caught a glimpse of her enjoying some girl time with friends Taylor Swift and Cazzie David on Taylor’s page. We’re so glad she has good pals to lean on while she continues her self-care and focusing on her wellbeing. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019, Selly!

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