According to sources familiar with the matter, the 21-year-old singer spent two weeks in an Arizona rehab facility last month to deal with emotional issues.
“Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse,” a rep for Gomez confirmed.
The ‘Come and Get Me” performer, who dated Canadian star Justin Bieber, entered the Dawn at the Meadows recovery facility in Arizona on January 5.
As Upi says, the center specialises in patients who are 18-26 and “struggling with emotional trauma, addiction or dual diagnosis concerns”.
However, though reps for Selena deny rumors that the beauty was being treated for addiction, several sources have claimed that she had dabbled in prescription drugs.
Sources close to the 21-year-old reveal to reporters that Selena had been “partying very hard” before her rehab stint.
“Her friends and family became increasingly worried that there might be a serious problem with Selena,” said another source.
“Particularly, her parents. The partying was, at times, wild. They wanted to help her – and they very much encouraged her to go to rehab. Others very close to her also urged her to seek professional help.”
Another source said that the Disney star had been experimenting with marijuana and prescription drugs, including Xanax and Ambien, before entering the rehab facility on Jan. 5.
The singer’s addiction to drugs reportedly began when she was still with Bieber, as the two would “smoke marijuana together regularly.”
“It just got to a point where she needed to get out of Los Angeles, get away from ‘the scene’ and the pressures of Hollywood, to also get away from those who had, admittedly, become a bad influence on her,” a source said of her time at The Meadows.
Let us remind that two months ago Gomez cancelled her tour on Asia, explaining that she wanted to spend some time for herself.
“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them,” she said in a statement released by Live Nation to the media.
“But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”
Some insiders told reporters at the time that Selena’s decision didn’t come because of her split from Bieber, she had just been working “nonstop” and “hit a wall.”
“She’s been on the road for six months and she’s just ready to be normal and at home with her family,” another source said of Gomez’s state. “She’s been working nonstop since she was 15 and wants to take a minute to herself.”
“Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her Lupus is really catching up with her right now,” another source suggested. “She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better if she wants to live a full and healthy life.”