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Selena Gomez has spent the last week or so keeping a relatively low-profile. Gone are the days in mid-December when she was shot hiking or wearing a giant infinity scarf to the bar in the same week, at least for now. But in a rare photographed appearance two days ago, Gomez did step out wearing a message for the public. The singer was shot leaving her Pilates class in the white statement tee she first debuted over a month ago. It says, “I am grateful for all that is occurring in my life and all that is yet to follow. I push myself because no one else is going to do it for me.”
It echoes the messages Gomez has posted on her social media about her headspace now—and explains why Gomez chose to wear it again in front of the paps. Gomez sought treatment for her mental health in October and November, spending those months out of the public eye. In her first Instagram post after she finished treatment, Gomez wrote about her growth and journey. “Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth,” she wrote. “It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.”
Gomez has worn two other statement shirts out in her recent appearances. During her first appearance after treatment in December, Gomez wore a Reputation sweatshirt—a tribute to her friend Taylor Swift. (She wore it again during a hike in January.) E! reported that Swift has actually played a big role in Gomez’s recovery. “[Selena] really leans on Taylor and considers her one of her best friends,” a source told the outlet. “Selena and Taylor have been in touch since Selena left her treatment and are very close.”
And the last statement top Gomez made headlines for wearing, which proclaimed “Choose Empathy,” also matches the message she has long shared with her fans. When she announced her social media break in September, Gomez highlighted the need for people to consider the feelings of the person they’re writing about and empathize. ” Just remember: negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings,” she wrote.