Ready for a revival! Selena Gomez is back to work after taking three months off for a stint in rehab to focus on her mental health.
Songwriter Justin Tranter posted an Instagram photo of the 24-year-old pop star in what appears to be a recording studio on Thursday, December 15. “Music and love,” he captioned a snap of Gomez applying eyeliner in a small mirror. Tranter collaborated with the former Disney star on several hits from her latest album, Revival, such as “Hands to Myself” and “Good For You.”
A source confirmed in the new issue of Us Weekly that Gomez is recording new music. “Selena is back in L.A. and her main focus has shifted to recording,” a source told Us. “She wrote a lot of lyrics and melodies while she was in rehab. … She has so many ideas!”
Naturally, fans started freaking out about the news — and they weren’t the only ones. Gomez’s ex Nick Jonas shared his excitement, too. The former Jonas brother, who dated the songstress briefly in 2008, commented on the photo with the praise hands emoji.
The Spring Breakers actress first announced that she was taking a break from her career in late August. She cancelled the 34 remaining dates of her Revival world tour and revealed that she was seeking treatment for “anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”
At the time, the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer told Us Weekly in a statement, “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”
The Wizards of Waverly Place alum, who previously went to rehab in 2014 for the chronic autoimmune disease, recuperated at a Tennessee treatment facility, where she had no access to social media or her cellphone.
She made her post-rehab comeback at the 2016 American Music Awards at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on November 20. After winning the award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist, she took the stage to deliver a moving speech about why she had been out of the limelight. “I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside, and I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down,” she told the crowd. “I’m so grateful to be able to share what I love with people that I love. You guys are so damn loyal, but if you are broken you do not have to stay broken.”