After months of feeling overwhelmed and pressured to be perfect, and with her birthday just weeks away, Selena Gomez has decided it’s time to make a life change. "She says she’s done with the Hollywood life and all the fakeness that surrounds it," a source tells Life & Style. "She’s leaving LA. She just wants to get away from it all."
The 25-year-old is following in the footsteps of BFF Taylor Swift, who took a year off recently, spending time under the radar in Nashville and London. "Taylor’s been raving to Selena that it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made," a source says.
Selena's listed her Hollywood home and intends to travel in Europe and Asia, according to a source. "Selena’s still deciding where to move," the source exclusively reveals, "but [her native] Texas is an option. She’d love to live in a huge farmhouse and build a studio so she can continue writing and working on her music."
Selena has struggled since splitting from Justin Bieber — again — earlier this year. Watching her ex, 24, start a serious romance with his former flame (and her former pal) Hailey Baldwin, 21, in early June has been hard to endure. "She can’t stand looking at the photos of them," says an insider. "She’s traumatized by it." Moving away, she feels, will help her escape their toxic relationship for good.
The pressure to look thin and beautiful also has been overwhelming. After Dolce & Gabbana co-founder Stefano Gabbana cruelly branded her "ugly" in an Instagram comment in June, "Selena was so hurt," says the insider. The singer-actress — who suffers from the autoimmune disease lupus, underwent a kidney transplant last year and has been to rehab multiple times for what she says are depression and anxiety issues — also re- alized her health is at risk the longer she stays in LA. "It’s hard to steer clear of the party scene there," says the source. "Selena’s determined to avoid temptation. It’ll be easier if it’s not in her face."
Now she’s looking for a new beginning. "Hollywood made her a star, but it’s also been hellish for her, mentally and physically," says the insider. "Selena needs a fresh start — and that’s exactly what she’s going to get."
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