Selena Gomez is calling out the body-shamers who have been attacking her appearance. The 30-year-old revealed that the cause of her weight fluctuations is due to her lupus medication.
“I tend to hold a lot of water weight and that happens very normally. And then when I’m off of it, I tend to lose weight,” Gomez, 30, explained during a TikTok Live video that was shared via Twitter on Thursday (February 16). “I just wanted to say and encourage anyone out there who feels any sort of shame for exactly what they’re going through and nobody knows the real story. So, I just want people to know that you’re beautiful and you’re wonderful. And, yeah, maybe we have days where we feel like s—. But, I would much rather be healthy and take care of myself.”
The Only Murders in the Building star noted that her “medications are important” and “are what helps me.” She added, “[I’m] not a model, never will be. I think they’re awesome, mind you, but I’m definitely, definitely not that.”
Gomez concluded the video by thanking her fans for “understanding” and “supporting” her. She also asked haters to keep the negativity at bay. “And if not, go away, because honestly, I don’t believe in shaming people for body or anything,” she said.
Selena Gomez goes live on TikTok to address comments about her body.— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 16, 2023
She talks about her health, medication for lupus and how they affect her body. pic.twitter.com/19hr7XkiFm
One fan wrote, “it’s so sad how selena gomez has to excuse herself for her gain weight, it’s proving just how the entire internet is evil towards women.” Another said, “she’s so beautiful inside & out . it breaks my heart that people are making comments about her weight.” One fan, who also has lupus said, “#Lupus is commonly diagnosed in young women and the changes the medication has on our bodies can have long lasting impacts, both physical and mental. We are more than our bodies, but we still don’t deserve s—ty comments and unsolicited advice.”
Another person wrote, “The fact that she had to go live to justify her fluctuating body weight is upsetting. She is so beautiful and receives so much unnecessary criticism. We as a society need to do better. Stop putting so much pressure on people when it comes to weight gain or weight loss.” One person pointed out, “She doesn’t owe anyone any explanation. Her saying this will not change their awful mindset.”
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The Wizards of Waverly Place alum was first diagnosed with lupus in 2014. The Mayo Clinic defines the condition as “a disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.” Three years later, the Texas native underwent a kidney transplant, with her longtime friend Francia Raisa as her donor.