Selena Gomez had to develop "thick skin" so she wouldn't be too affected by comments about her fluctuating weight.
The Rare singer revealed she had been diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can result in both weight gain and loss, in 2015, and she had to undergo a kidney transplant in 2017. While she's able to manage her symptoms with medication and treatment, the side effects of these also affect her weight.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, the 28-year-old admitted she had "gotten insecure" even though she had learned to ignore "hateful" comments about her appearance.
"I've gotten insecure. I also have lupus so I fluctuate in my weight a lot, so I've had to learn pretty early to have thick skin when it comes to this stuff and to understand that it doesn't matter at all. It's just hateful. It's all it is," she confessed.
Speaking ahead of the launch of her new cosmetics line, Selena insisted she wanted to ensure Rare Beauty was more of a "community" than just a brand.
"So I wanted to find a way to make this brand into a community - into a lifestyle that's beyond make-up and showing you how to apply it," the Wolves star explained. "It's about talking about make-up and the relationship you have (with it). I don't want this to be about me. I know obviously it's created by me, but I would be more proud to see the mission we have behind it as well as enjoy it."
Rare Beauty launches on Wednesday, with the initial offering featuring a wide range of products including foundation, blush, eyeliner, lipstick, and concealers, and Selena already has her sights on the line's next drop.
"We have already been planning everything that comes after this - and that's been great," she added. "There will be more and I'm excited about it because we've been working on it for a while. Quarantine was an opportunity to take our time with the next collection as well."
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