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Selena Gomez was not suffering from a drinking addiction when she went to rehab, despite a misleading tabloid cover story. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct the shameful report.

The new cover of Life & Style announces, "Selena's Story: Rehab Saved My Life." With a large portrait photo of the singer-actress, it was designed to make readers think the tabloid scored a revealing interview with Gomez. The front of the magazine further quotes her as saying, "I was an addict." That was purposefully included to make consumers think Gomez had admitted to a drug or alcohol addiction.

It is an utterly shameful misrepresentation of a real statement. As Gossip Cop reported, Gomez is the Vogue cover star for April 2017, and in that story, she was talking about INSTAGRAM, of all things, when she made that "addict" comment. Here is the full quote, in context: "As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It's what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn't want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn't want to care about. I always end up feeling like sh*t when I look at Instagram. Which is why I'm kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit."

No one would know that's what Gomez was talking about, though, from the tabloid's misleading cover. The trickery continues inside the magazine. It's only several paragraphs in, on the second page of the article, that the publication acknowledges Gomez spoke with Vogue, not Life & Style. But not content to just highlight the candid interview, in which she spoke about seeking treatment for mental health problems, the tabloid also puts in its own claims, asserting, "The star's drinking and partying were making those issues worse."

The gossip outlet goes as far as suggesting Gomez's supposed alcohol addiction was so bad, "she might not have survived" had she not gone to rehab. A so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "She knows she might not have made it, whether it be from exhaustion, the partying, drinking, or all three. She knows it saved her life."

And that's where the tabloid's cover line, "Rehab Saved My Life," comes from. Gomez never said any such thing to Life & Style or in her Vogue cover story. But the unscrupulous publication saw fit to manipulate a purported source quote to make it seem like Gomez made a life-or-death confession related to an addiction.

Gossip Cop understands that the concept of rehab is most often associated with drugs and alcohol, but many people go to such facilities for other reasons. That includes the anxiety, depression, and exhaustion with which Gomez was struggling. Not to minimize the severity of any of those problems, but the tabloid seems awfully determined to present a darker, more nefarious picture with its repeated references to partying and drinking.

It's just not an accurate picture, Gossip Cop has confirmed. Gomez did not go to rehab for a drinking addiction, and all these insinuations otherwise are false.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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