I keep a pretty good eye on celebrities as part of my job, so you need to trust me when I tell you that Selena Gomez is going through something right now. As if it wasn’t proof enough that she had a rehab stay, has been off-and-on with Justin Bieber, and fired her parents as managers with no warning, there’s also convincing evidence all over her Instagram.
Selena’s photos and videos may look inoccuous enough, but that’s how we felt about Amanda Bynes‘ social media posts for a long time too, until it became too glaringly obvious to ignore that she was going through something. And I’m not saying that whatever’s up with Selena is something similar, just that it’s definitely something.
Lately, it seems like the things she’s been putting up have been more and more cryptic, from selfies with inscrutable captions, to videos of random moments that she’s added music to. Maybe some of these things are inside jokes or comments that only her fans can understand, but some of them are so odd that I suspect they only make sense to her.
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
Only a few weeks after reportedly checking out of rehab early, Selena began posting photos of herself hanging out with other celebrities, looking inebriated. In one of them, she even called Vanessa Hudgens her official ‘party buddy’.
Whether she’s naked in this photo or not, it seems pretty clear that she wanted it to look that way. It’s great to own your body, but when a photo like this is posted publicly, it makes it feel like Selena is craving attention for her sexuality versus something like her talent or her success. Just makes me worry.
Same deal with the above photo, which was posted to announce a ‘secret project’.
Selena deleted all the rest of her photos with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, so I can’t include them here, but the simple fact of how quickly that friendship flared up and then fizzled is strange enough. And then to go around deleting the evidence and unfollowing everybody? What’s up, girl?
The caption on that one is ‘I go back to, black’. Nothing like inexplicable Amy Winehouse lyrics with commas in the wrong place to make me nervous!
Not even a caption on this one. Huh?
And thus begins her series of videos for seemingly no reason. This one is captioned ‘And they told me I don’t need to worry.. I might stay in bed all day.’ Eep.
What is this fascination with tea??
Caption: ‘Them is EVERYTHING tho allofme’ WHATTTTTTTTTTT. Can anyone explain this?
And of course we had to take a break for some cheesiness with Taylor Swift, which wouldn’t be weird except for the caption ‘And during.. sometimes you wanna just be you with someone who knows all your secrets’. During what???
‘Where now and what now’. I would also like to know that, Selena.
And finally, from less than twenty-four hours ago, the crown jewel in my ‘WTF Selena’ tiara, this photo. Not that weird, right? Except for the caption, which is just the word ‘Ask’. I can’t even begin to understand what that means, but it makes me wanna say YIKES.