Selena Gomez has emerged triumphant from a tumultuous few months, declaring on Tuesday that she’s ‘taking my power back’.
Taking to her various social media accounts, the 21-year-old posted a gorgeous vacation snap in which she is kneeling in the shallow water in a picturesque locale, smiling wholeheartedly into the camera clad in just a bright yellow string bikini.
The singer and actress accompanied the photo with an uplifting message as she informs fans that while she’s clearly grown as a person in recent months, some things will never change.
‘Taking my power back.. can’t wait to show you where I’ve been’: Selena Gomez hinted at a fresh start as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to share this fun-filled photo from a tropical beach vacation in which she looks happy and healthy following a tumultuous few months
‘Taking my power back.. can’t wait to show you where I’ve been. I love y’all,’ she wrote, adding lightheartedly: ‘Ps, I still obsess over pickles.’
The Spring Breakers star displays her trim, toned and tanned physique in the beach shot, leaning towards the camera with just a hint of cleavage on show in her frilly bikini top.
Her long dark tresses are dripping wet and dangling down around her shoulders following an apparent swim, while she also has some dark sand smeared on her chest.
While her complexion is make-up-free and flawless as always, she appears to be wearing dark shadow on her eyelids and lashings of black mascara.
Turning to religion: Just two days earlier, she shared this inspirational quote by Bishop TD Jakes after reportedly seeking solace in her faith following her January rehab stint as she reportedly continues to suffer bouts of ‘depression and anxiety’
Just two days earlier, the star posted a picture featuring a poignant quote from Bishop TD Jakes
from an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Lifeclass show on her OWN network.
‘You can’t be who you’re going to be and who you used to be at the same time,’ the inspirational message read.
Interestingly, TD Jakes is the bishop and chief pastor of The Potter’s House – a non-denominational megachurch whose sermons are broadcast on several US and Canadian networks on the show The Potter’s Touch.
The married father-of-five is a strong advocate of abstinence and runs his main Potter’s House church alongside his wife of 33 years, First Lady Serita Jakes, out of Dallas, Texas.
Of course, Selena grew up just outside of Dallas, in the town of Grand Prairie, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of acting as a child with her mother, Mandy Teefey.
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She’s previously spoken of her Catholic upbringing, regularly attending church services with her family every Sunday.
Indeed, just last month, HollywoodLife exclusively reported that the star was turning to religion to
fill a ‘spiritual gap’ as she dealt with ‘depression and anxiety’ issues rather than make another trip
‘Selena is trying to change her ways by going to church and more to avoid going to rehab. She feels like she has a spiritual gap and that maybe that’s why she is struggling,’ a source told the website.
‘She learned about the spiritual aspect in rehab when they talked about the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her parents are just hoping that this isn’t just some short-lived stint to avoid rehab.’
Of course, Selena ‘took some time for herself’ in Arizona’s The Meadows treatment facility in January, spending two weeks at the centre, which treats people aged 18 to 26 who are ‘struggling with emotional trauma, addiction or dual diagnosis concerns’.
They can’t keep away from each other: In early March, Selena and Justin had rekindled their relationship, enjoying several public outings during the SXSW Festival in Texas, with the 20-year-old pop star posting a video of the pair performing a sexual dance together to John Legend’s Ordinary People
At the time, her unhealthy and draining on-again, off-again romance with troubled singer Justin Bieber was cited as one of the reasons for her rehab stint.
While the pair reconciled for a brief time earlier this year, they reportedly called it quits for good following a ‘disastrous’ Coachella trip, which resulted in Selena unfollowing all her celebrity pals on Instagram and reportedly blocking Justin’s number from her phone.
Currently only following three users on Instagram after her mass cull, they include jeweller Lorraine Schwartz, her own lifestyle fashion brand, Dream Out Loud, and TD Jakes Ministries.
With her mom and stepdad, Brian Teefey, reportedly worried about their daughter hooking back up with Justin and having fallen out briefly with Selena when they voiced their opinions on the matter, they’re no doubt thrilled that she is finally moving on without him.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Mandy posted the telling message: ‘I don’t wanna see you go. I only wanna see you smile.’
‘Love the way you look at me’: Rumours of a reunion first surfaced when Justin posted this cosy photo to Instagram on January 4 – though unbeknownst to anyone at the time, Selena checked herself into rehab in Arizona for two weeks that months as she ‘took some time for herself’.