Anxiety is brutal. If you’ve ever experienced a racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, and the inability to calm down, then you know what we mean. Selena Gomez knows this feeling all too well. The actress and singer has never been shy about discussing her health issues including dealing with, among other things, anxiety. Now, in a new song, Gomez is sharing what that feels like.
After months of being away from the spotlight due to personal mental health reasons, Gomez is back with new music thanks to her friend singer Julia Michaels. The song, fittingly titled “Anxiety,” is on Michaels’ new album Inner Monologue Part I and features Gomez on the song.
“My sweet soul sister,” Gomez wrote on Instagram, “Julia you have been a huge part of my life. You have taught me how to have courage when I have self-doubt. This song is extremely close to my heart as I’ve experienced anxiety and know a lot of my friends do too. You’re never alone if you feel this way. The message is much needed and I really hope you guys like it!”
And we do!
If you have struggled with anxiety, you will find the song so relatable. Here’s a portion of the lyrics.
“My friends, they wanna take me to the movies
I tell ’em to fuck off, I’m holding hands with my depression
And right when I think I’ve overcome it
Anxiety starts kicking in to teach that shit a lesson”
But all my friends, they don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like
They don’t understand why I can’t sleep through the night
And I thought that I could take something to fix it
Damn, I wish it, I wish it was that simple, ah
All my friends they don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like”
Michaels’ opened up about this song and collaboration with her friend, telling Billboard, “When I sent it to her, I was like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ And she was like, ‘This is amazing. I want to do it.’ And I think this was the song that works the best for us, because it’s something we both struggle with. It’s something we’ve always talked about. It’s something that’s very relatable to both of us. We also liked the idea of doing a song together where we’re talking about our relationship with anxiety. We’re not talking about our relationship with men or us fighting over somebody or something like that — those things that are typical duets for women. Or a female empowerment thing. This is a female empowerment thing, but it’s completely different. We’re not throwing our fists in the air, but we’re saying, ‘Hey, we have anxiety, but we’re okay with it.'”
Click here to listen to the song.