Selena Gomez’s bout with “malnourishment” and hospitalization has raised questions once again about teen celebrities who are held up as a squeaky clean role models by the Disney Channel. Now, Selena has second thoughts about the responsibility.
“I never really said I want to be a role model. But then when it happened I was so down for it,” she said on an E! TV special.
“I’m human, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I’m already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids,” she added.
But her recent hospitalization was an exception to that rule and raised questions whether Selena was suffering from an eating disorder.
She blames what turned out to be an “iron deficiency” on her junk food habit.
“I do eat,” Selena, 18, insisted on Kidd Kraddick’s radio show in Texas )June 15). “The problem is I don’t eat right. I love everything that’s possibly not good for me.”
The slender Gomez, who has admitted she never works out, says her love of candy likely made her sick.
“I love M&Ms, Kit Kats, Snickers and Goobers at the movies,” she says.
Selena was rushed to the emergency room in Los Angeles on June 9, after complaining of severe nausea and headache following an appearance on Jay Leno’s talk show.
Gomez’s wan, pale appearance spurred speculation she was either pregnant or anorexic.
Indeed, Selena’s best friend, fellow Disney star Demi Lovato, 19, recently revealed she had suffered from the eating disorder bulimia since the age of 8.
Selena, who is dating singer Justin Bieber, also acknowledged that as a famous person, her job can be “superficial” and it is easy to get wrapped up in yourself.
“This is a very superficial job. I sit in a chair for two hours and get hair and make-up done and talk about myself in interviews. That’s a very vain thing to do. And I do get caught up in it sometimes,” she acknowledged.
The ‘Naturally’ singer also told how she didn’t have an easy childhood and found it hard to deal with her parents’ divorce.
That makes her a candidate for eating disorders. But her mom is stepping up now.
“[My mom’s] definitely shoving vitamins down my mouth and following me around,” says Gomez. “But at the same time, I was a stubborn kid, so I got to eat whatever I wanted.”