KEY POINTS

  • Selena Gomez had a chat with vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Instagram
  • The singer said not voting was not an option for her in the upcoming election
  • Gomez revealed that she hopes people will have better access to mental health services

Selena Gomez opened up about her mental health struggles and why she decided to vote for the first time in the upcoming election in a chat with Kamala Harris on the singer's Instagram.

The Democratic vice-presidential nominee shared on her official Twitter account the clip of their discussion, where they spoke about a wide range of matters, including Gomez’s struggle with lupus.

In the video, Gomez admitted that she “wasn’t very educated” about the voting process when she was younger. However, her experiences in the last four years made her realize how important her vote really is.

“I just feel that my vote counts more than ever. As a citizen, as someone who truly cares about their country, not voting is not an option,” Gomez said during the discussion.

Her comments come days after the singer said she was “not ashamed” to admit that she had never voted in the past.

Harris applauded the “Lose You To Love Me” hitmaker for raising awareness about lupus and revealed that her sister, Maya Harris, also has the autoimmune disease. The senator noted that a lot of women of color are suffering from lupus but are “struggling to get the attention and treatment they deserve” from the current government.

Gomez also shared her experiences in dealing with mental health problems, explaining that she hopes people will be able to get better access to mental health services.

“I just read too much about how deep this country is being affected mentally. I've had so many dreams about creating places that people could go to. I think there's a part of me that wishes we had some sort of place that felt like maybe you just need to get help,” Gomez said. “It should be something people can understand and break down because I truly know that this is something that's important.”

Harris replied, “We still have a lot of work to do, and it's something I care deeply about, and I look forward to working with you on it.”

Gomez then joked that fans may be “sick” of her talking about voting by now, but Harris encouraged her to keep it up.

Selena Gomez WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 11: Selena Gomez attends the Premiere of Universal Pictures' "Dolittle" at Regency Village Theatre on January 11, 2020 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Photo: Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images