Selena Gomez felt "attacked" by online critics after gaining weight during her health battle.
The superstar was diagnosed with autoimmune disease lupus several years ago, and in summer 2017, received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa.
But while Selena tries to be open with her 160 million followers on Instagram, in a new chat with her pal Raquelle Stevens for the Giving Back Generation podcast, she recalled how she had a hard time dealing with mean comments about her changing figure as she recovered.
"I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues and for me, that's when I really started noticing more of the body image stuff," she said, according to a preview given to Elle.com. "No, (the lupus doesn't affect my weight) - it's the combination of all of it. It's the medication I have to take for the rest of my life - it depends on even the month, to be honest. So, for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that. In reality, that's just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what's happening in my life. Right (it's totally out of my control), and that got to me big time. I think for me, that really messed me up for a bit."
Selena went on to explain that she is now trying her best to be "present" in her own life by participating in social media and attending red carpet events, but avoiding unnecessary time dwelling on what she looked like in photos.
"I want people to have a good relationship with social media. It's not going anywhere anytime soon," the 27-year-old insisted. "But knowing that real world's in front of you and trying to pay attention to that is healthy. When I make an effort to post on social media or do what I'm doing, it's important for me to make sure it's 100 per cent authentic and once I post it, I post it. That's it."
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