While rumors swirl that substance abuse was the force that drove Selena Gomez into rehab last month, insiders deny it.
“Project wellness,” says a source close to the 21-year-old singer when asked for the reason behind her two-week stay at Dawn at the Meadows, a treatment center in Arizona last month. “She was burnt out after a relentless year of back-to-back films, concerts, TV, touring and all the promotional work that goes along with it. She needed a break.”
According to insiders, Gomez enjoyed her share of partying in 2013, ending the year with a vow to “get healthy.” But that doesn’t mean she’s “hooked to booze, Ambien and pot,” as reports allege, or suffering from body issues, which is the reason given for Ke$ha’s current rehab stint.
“She’s not that girl,” says a source. “Does she party and have the occasional joint? Yes. Does she drink when she goes out? Yes. But she’s not struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism. I’ve never seen her out of control. There’s no needle dangling out of her arm.”
Gomez surprised fans in December when she cancelled her Australian tour, citing a need to “spend some time on myself,” according to a statement. Her camp confirmed that Gomez voluntarily entered Dawn at the Meadows on January 5 “for its youth programs,” not because of substance abuse, says the source. But others aren’t so sure.
A photo recently surfaced of the “Spring Breakers” star with Demi Lovato, sparking rumors of an intervention and that Lovato was worried about her friend’s emotional state, on-and-off relationship with Justin Bieber and hard partying ways. Lovato, who previously told Billboard that Gomez was one of her biggest supporters while she in treatment three years ago, isn’t exactly staying mum.
“Weakness is living in denial. Only the strongest people ask for help,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
When reached for comment, a rep for Lovato had no comment.
There’s also the allegation that Gomez hastily left the treatment facility and was spotted next at the Sundance Film Festival and partying with her troubled ex.
“She had prior commitments at Sundance,” says a rep for Gomez, adding that the singer felt that she didn't need to return to rehab upon leaving the film festival last month.
But given her rebound with Bieber just days ahead of his arrest, do insiders consider “project wellness” a success? “She’s only 21,” says a source. “She struggles with the same types of emotional issues anyone her age does. She’s allowed to make bad decisions. She’s concerned about him, but she’s not caught in a similar downward spiral.”