There she is! Selena Gomez was spotted by fans in Alcoa, Tennessee, enjoying a late afternoon meal on Saturday, October 8, a little over a month after announcing that she’s taking a personal break from show business.
One fan excitedly tweeted a selfie with the 24-year-old singer with the caption: “Check that it was @selenagomez.” In the image, Gomez looks dressed down with a New York Yankees baseball cap pulled low over her face and what appears to be a dark sweater.
"She seemed really well!" an eyewitness told Us of spotting Gomez on Sunday, October 9. "I told her I hoped she was doing well and having a good break and that I was proud of her for taking time for herself. She was so appreciative and we talked for a while! She was at a restaurant with her family and she said she appreciated my words."
Gomez’s many followers were so excited about the sighting that the hashtag #SelenaIsBackParty trended on Twitter for a short period of time.
— Klipnasty (@KlipaMatthew) October 8, 2016
This is the first time the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” songstress has been seen out and about in public since she announced on Tuesday, August 30, that she was taking some time off to cope with her “anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”
“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,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly. “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. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Gomez’s decision to take some time off for herself came hot on the heels of her worldwide Revival tour. She previously took a similar break amid her Stars Dance tour in 2013, later citing her battle with Lupus. The “Good For You” singer also checked herself into a rehab facility in 2014.
Earlier in August, Gomez had a very public spat with her ex Justin Bieber over photos he posted of girlfriend Sofia Richie. When Bieber, 22, threatened to make his account private if fans didn’t stop harassing Richie, 18, Gomez offered her advice, telling him to stop posting photos of the two of them if he couldn’t “handle the hate.”
“It should be special between you two only,” she admonished, leading the “What Do You Mean?” singer to retort, “Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” — suggesting that Gomez had cheated on him with former One Direction boy bander Zayn Malik.
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