Selena Gomez is not “so upset” over the backlash to “13 Reasons Why,” despite a tabloid report. On the contrary, Gossip Cop can reveal she’s actually happy about the discussion the Netflix series has provoked.
As Gossip Cop has reported, it was announced in 2015 that Gomez would produce a “13 Reasons Why” series for Netflix, years after she acquired the rights to Jay Asher’s popular YA book. The novel tells the story of a teen who commits suicide, leaving behind tapes telling unsuspecting classmates how and why they influenced her deadly decision. The TV adaptation has received enormous media attention and critical acclaim since its debut last month, and Netflix just announced there will be a second season.
Some parents and mental health professionals, however, have expressed concern that the show glamorized suicide, in addition to depicting rape and drug use too graphically. Now according to Life & Style, Gomez is “crushed by the criticism” and has been “left reeling.” A so-called “insider” claims to the gossip magazine that the controversy is “hitting her like a hurricane,” and she’s “despondent over the whole thing.” The tabloid even goes as far as alleging Gomez, who has struggled with mental health issues in the past, is “crumbling.”
“Selena is so upset,” contends the outlet’s supposed snitch. The publication further maintains Gomez’s loved ones are concerned “the stress of this new controversy could be bad for her health.” Yet the article doesn’t mention that the singer-actress’ own mom is also a producer on the project, or that they’re both still on board to oversee the second batch of episodes.
But if Gomez was truly falling apart over the project, as the tabloid asserts, she would likely be distancing herself from the series, not furthering her connection to it. In addition, the star recently said in multiple interviews that she feels “overwhelmed” in a good way by the response to the show, as well as “fortunate” and “very proud” of the program. Gossip Cop is also told by sources close to the production that Gomez and others who worked on the series are happy it has sparked important conversations related to mental health. That was essentially the whole point of doing the adaptation, so far from being “left reeling,” Gomez is actually seeing her mission pay off.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.