Selena Gomez’s Willingness To Share Her Struggles With Lupus Has Been Helpful And Healing

She hopes her openness will "make a positive impact."

For Selena Gomez, keeping her struggles to herself is not something she is interested in doing. Instead, the pop star hopes that by sharing the ups and downs she has been through — notably her battle with lupus — will help fans get through whatever they're facing in life.


"An extremely positive … change I have seen in the music industry … has been the women," Billboard's Woman of the Year said ahead of tonight's Women in Music event. "I think the women have really defined their voices and I feel most comfortable because I see all the women I look up to feeling comfortable enough to talk about the struggles or things they have gone through."

The 25-year-old "Bad Liar" singer notes how she has been vocal about grappling with issues such as lupus, and that her ability to do so openly and confidently, while connecting with other women about it, is something that can hopefully "make a positive impact" on others.

"I think it's such an important time where everybody can say what they feel and know that their platforms are used for something great," Gomez added. "I'm so proud and happy to be a part of the industry while it is changing this way and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of that."

One such way Gomez is connecting with fans in a personal way is via social media. As the most-followed celebrity on Instagram in 2017 — with more than 130 million followers, per a press release from the company — she has the chance to be open with fans and help them by sharing her story and, lucky for us, is already doing so.

The post in which Gomez revealed to have undergone a kidney transplant as a result of her ongoing battle with lupus. It is the third most-liked photo on Instagram in 2017 with more than 10.3 million likes. By sharing that with all those people, Gomez is normalizing the fact that people have health issues, people should stay on top of those problems, and that having a support system is vastly important.

To hear more inspiring words Gomez and experience Billboard's Women in Music event, you can watch the whole thing live on Twitter tonight beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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