Selena Gomez Makes First Red Carpet Appearance Since Taking Mental Health Break

Selena Gomez made a rare red carpet appearance on Thursday for a cause close to her heart. 

Selena Gomez made a rare red carpet appearance on Thursday for a cause close to her heart. 

The 26-year-old singer attended WE Day at The Forum in Los Angeles, alongside Natalie Portman, Hailee Steinfeld, Sarah Michelle Gellar and more stars. The event, a youth empowerment celebration of doing social good, is being hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. She also attended the event last year.

Gomez looked amazing in a black Dior A-line dress and Tamara Mellon pumps.


She also showed off her stunning makeup look in an Instagram post for makeup artist Hung Vanggo.

In Vanggo's Instagram Stories, she's seen signing autographs for excited fans.

The WE Day special will air Aug. 9 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The event marks Gomez' first red carpet appearance since a source told ET last October that she was hospitalized for mental health treatment after a reported emotional breakdown. A source later told ET that the episode was triggered by a medical complication stemming from her Lupus and a kidney transplant she underwent in July 2017.

Since then, Gomez has slowly been returning to the spotlight. In January, she posted on Instagram following a more than 3-month social media break. 

"It's been a while since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for your love and support," Gomez captioned a series of three black-and-white pics. "Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth. It's always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming."

"Trust me, it's not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead," she added. "Love you all."

Most recently, she made a surprise appearance during week one of Coachella, when she joined Cardi B and Ozuna onstage during DJ Snake's set to sing their hit, "Taki Taki."

On Wednesday, Gomez got candid about seeking therapy, spending time alone and having faith in love in an interview with Coach's "Dream It Real" podcast.

"Last year, I took a lot of time off," she said. "I think that I needed a moment to myself because I do feel like I was growing and changing."

"I am a believer of therapy," she continued. "I think that I have had opportunities where I kinda reflect on the younger me, and I think that a lot of the times I wished that I could hug my younger self. I wish I could have done and experienced a lot of things, maybe, a little differently."

She also said new music from her was coming. 

"I'm looking forward to my album and I'm looking forward to spending time alone," she said. "I think I'm finally, finally, finally at the age where I love being alone."

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