Selena Gomez has revealed she may not be able to carry children, as she opens up about her bipolar diagnosis.
During an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Gomez revealed that the prospect of her fertility is a “very big, big” thing in her life because the medication she takes for her bipolar disorder can impact her ability to have a baby.
In the interview, Gomez, 30, said she still hopes to have children one day, adding: “However I’m meant to have them, I will.”
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The topic came up when the Lose You to Love Me singer recalled once visiting a friend who was trying for a baby.
After the visit, Gomez said she ended up crying in her car because the two medications she currently takes can likely lead to her being unable to carry children.
”That’s a very big, big, present thing in my life,” Gomez said.
The Royal Women’s Hospital Victoria Australia writes that “some medications used for bipolar can’t be taken during pregnancy”, though the possibility of a healthy pregnancy is not entirely written off.
“For women who have been diagnosed with bipolar before they are pregnant it is a good idea to plan your pregnancy with the help of a doctor,” the site advises. “[Any] changes to your medication must be balanced with the risk of relapse.
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“You should never stop taking your medication abruptly. Your treatment must be a collaborative process between you, your partner and your treating GP or psychiatrist.”
Bipolar disorder refers to the experience of persistent changes in mood, characterised by periods of either very elevated moods or very low moods, Health Direct Australia informs.
It is unknown what triggers the disorder, though lack of sleep and stress are thought to play a part. On top of that, bipolar can trigger psychotic symptoms, which Gomez herself has opened up about.
During the interview with Rolling Stone, Gomez recalled an episode of psychosis she experienced in 2018 which resulted in her spending several months in treatment while experiencing paranoia and difficulty trusting those around her.
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Shortly after the experience, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Just this month, Gomez has released a new documentary titled My Mind and Me, detailing her mental health journey in a raw and vulnerable way.
The news comes just after Gomez made headlines for repairing wounds with Hailey Bieber, the wife of her former longtime boyfriend, Justin Bieber.
For years, since Gomez and Bieber’s break-up in 2018, fans have brutally trolled and harrassed Hailey online, believing she “stole” Justin from Gomez.
To dispel the rumours of a bitter feud, Gomez and Hailey snapped a number of photos cuddling up together at the Academy Museum Gala in October.
Yet, while the moment seemed to be a momentous one for fans, Gomez didn’t appear to think so. In a recent interview with Vulture, Gomez waved away ideas that she and Hailey were now close friends.
Instead, she said of the reunion: “Yeah, it’s not a big deal. It’s not even a thing.”
In her recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gomez went on to open up about who her true friends are, revealing that most of them aren’t high-profile celebrities.
“I never fit in with a cool group of girls that were celebrities,” she said. “My only friend in the industry really is Taylor [Swift], so I remember feeling like I didn’t belong.”
“I felt the presence of everyone around me living full lives,” she continued. “I had this position, and I was really happy, but… was I? Do these materialistic things make me happy? [I realised] I just didn’t like who I was, because I didn’t know who I was.”
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