She had just left the hospital.
Selena Gomez bared her soul in a new still from the “Bad Liar” music video shoot.
Tomorrow, the pop star will unveil her new song “Bad Liar,” a tune about pining over an ex. The singer shared several teasers of the track on Instagram, revealing it samples Talking Heads’ 1977 hit “Psycho Killer.” She also posted a hazy image of herself. The picture, taken by photographer Petra Collins, shows a vulnerable Selena staring into the lens with glossy eyes and wearing a “RISK” bracelet – several inches below that is a bandage wrapped with tape around her forearm.
Fans began speculating the photo played into the themes of self-harm – the controversial subject matter that takes center stage in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which Gomez executive-produced. But after a little digging, the truth came to light.
Collins – who has since disabled users from commenting on Instagram – responded saying the photo was actually taken “straight from the hospital” after Gomez was treated for lupus.
— Selena Gomez News (@SelGomezNewsCOM) May 17, 2017
What’s most beautiful about the picture is the realness behind it. The bracelet, the bandage, the emptiness in her eyes – it’s not because the cameras were rolling. It’s the other way around; Gomez left an experience that sunk her confidence, and a photographer was there to capture it.
The irony that her song is titled “Bad Liar,” yet here Selena is… as honest as she can get. There’s something special about that.