Selena Gomez's New Song Lays Out What Having Anxiety and Depression Is Really Like
She collaborated with Julia Michaels for "Anxiety," a song about having loved ones who can't relate to mental health struggles.
Selena Gomez is back to making music and she's starting out on a meaningful note. The Taki Taki singer collaborated with Julia Michaels for a track titled "Anxiety" on Michaels' newly released Inner Monologue Part 1. It's all about the feeling of isolation resulting from having anxiety and depression-and friends or partners who can't relate. (Related: This Woman Listed Ways Her Boyfriend Can Support Her During a Panic Attack)
Gomez sings: "Feel like I'm always apologizing for feeling / Like I'm out of my mind when I'm doing just fine / And my exes all say that I'm hard to deal with / And I admit it, it's true." The chorus continues: "But all my friends, they don't know what it's like, what it's like / They don't understand why I can't sleep through the night / And I thought that I could take something to fix it / Damn, I wish it, I wish it was that simple, ah / All my friends they don't know what it's like, what it's like."
In an interview with Billboard, Michaels explained that she and Gomez both identify with the lyrics and that she hopes the song combats a taboo around mental health. "We're not talking about our relationship with men or us fighting over somebody or something like that-those things that are typical duets for women," she said. "Or a female empowerment thing. This is a female empowerment thing, but it;s completely different. We're not throwing our fists in the air, but we're saying, 'Hey, we have anxiety, but we're okay with it.'"
Gomez expressed similar sentiments. With the song's drop, she posted an Instagram about the collab. "This song is extremely close to my heart as I've experienced anxiety and know a lot of my friends do too," she wrote in her caption. "You're never alone if you feel this way. The message is much needed and I really hope you guys like it!"
It seems to be working. Twitter has been praising Gomez and Michaels for nailing what they're going through with their lyrics, which can often be hard to put into words.
Both women have been public with their experiences with mental illness. Timed with the release of their song, Michaels penned an essay for Glamour describing daily panic attacks in detail. Gomez recently opened up about her five-year struggle with depression and made an emotional speech about taking a break from the public eye to address her mental health. She also recently reminded fans that her life isn't always so "filtered and flowery" as it might appear on Instagram. With "Anxiety," the singers are continuing to drive home that fellow sufferers aren't alone.