Selena Gomez: ‘I reached out personally’ to Demi Lovato after her OD

Selena Gomez is breaking her silence. The “Back to You” singer spoke out for the first time about her longtime friend Demi Lovato’s July 24 overdose.

“All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to,” Gomez, 26, told Elle in her October 2018 cover story. “I … I love her. I’ve known her since I was 7. So … it’s … that’s what I’ll say.”

Elle contributor Mickey Rapkin noted that the 13 Reasons Why executive producer got choked up while discussing Lovato’s health. The interview took place just six days after the “Sober” singer, 26, overdosed on drugs at her Hollywood home and was rushed to the hospital.

Gomez and Lovato were costars on Barney & Friends in the early aughts before they both made the move to Disney Channel. They later had a brief falling out, but reunited at the InStyle Awards in October 2017.

“Demi and Selena rekindled recently. They’re cool now,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively at the time. “Demi’s documentary [Simply Complicated] really inspired her to rebuild relationships in her life, and Selena was one of those relationships she wanted to make better. They’re friends again. … There wasn’t one main reason that even broke them apart — a lot of their beef was just them being young girls.”

While this is the first time the “Wolves” songstress has spoken publicly about Lovato’s overdose, she did step out in an inspirational graphic T-shirt that read, “Keep the Faith” one day after the incident.

The Grammy nominee was released from the hospital on August 4 after nearly two weeks. She is now undergoing long-term treatment at a rehabilitation facility.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer/actresses Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: Singer/actresses Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
DISNEY'S FRIENDS FOR CHANGE: PROJECT GREEN - April 4, 2009 - Disney stars Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato are among the 29 young stars participating in Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green (www.Disney.com), a multiplatform environmental initiative that invites kids to join together to help the environment across four key areas: climate, water, waste and habitats. Kids will learn practical ways to preserve the planet, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to vote on how $1 million in donations from Disney will be divided and invested in various environmental causes over the course of a year. The messages will air on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney and Disney.com beginning FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009. (Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Disney Channel/ABC via Getty Images) DEMI LOVATO; SELENA GOMEZ;MILEY CYRUS
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Actress Selena Gomez and singer Demi Lovato during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Actresses Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez (R) attend the Red Carpet Premiere For Disney's 'Princess Protection Program' at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on June 18, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Actress Selena Gomez and singer Demi Lovato during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actresses Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato arrive at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA -FEBRUARY 19: Actresses Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato arrive at 'Chevy Rocks the Future' held at the Walt Disney Studios on February19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by: Jean-Paul Aussenard/Wireimage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez arrive at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Singers Demi Lovato (L) and Selena Gomez arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Selena Gomez (L) and Demi Lovato attend the Third Annual 'InStyle Awards' presented by InStyle at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for InStyle)
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