Since the start of her career acting in Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena Gomez has experienced the blessings and curses that come with growing up in the public eye. She recently explained to Harper's Bazaar how she has come to terms with the obstacles in her life, as well as the aspects of her life that empower her.

The 25-year-old actress and pop star was pretty forthcoming when she spoke about the issues that have plagued her this past year. Gomez believes that 2018 is going to be a better year because she is going to focus on her own "health and well-being." The young actress has gone through some emotionally exhausting times as of late, with her public battle with Lupus and the tabloids obsession with her love life, but she's being honest about things.

"I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome," she explained. "I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else." Gomez is convinced that by making sure her physical and mental health are her main priorities, "everything else will fall into place."

Throughout the interview Gomez also spoke candidly about some of her female role models—which included Amal Clooney, Grace VanderWaal, and Meryl Streep— and realizes that she too is an important role model for girls who come from similar backgrounds to her own. She recalled an experience she had when she was still a teenager working on Wizards of Waverly Place, and explained that she now understands the significance of being able to represent a minority group in the entertainment industry. "And now more than ever, I’m proud of it," Gomez said.

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