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It has long been claimed that flowers have a therapeutic effect on those who surround themselves with them, but science had yet to truly back it up.

Research conducted by the American Society For Horticulture Science has recently revealed that fresh flowers can have the ability to ease feelings of anxiety, and even physical pain. 

The study evaluated whether or not plants have an influence on surgical patients, and we're pretty surprised by these results. 90 participants were split into rooms with plants or without, and those with foliage feelings have different outcomes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to the research, those who were exposed to flowers had lower heart rates and blood pressure, decreased ratings of fatigue, anxiety and pain, and harboured more positive feelings and higher satisfaction about their rooms.

It's now suggested that flowers should be 'complementary medicine' for recovering patients. It's time to click your fingers and insist that a crowd of men throw a bouquet at you every few minutes…for health reasons.

Flowers are often the go-to gift for celebrating milestones, or for offering messages of hope or condolences. Good old science has just given us the opportunity to buy our own blooms, for self-care.

According to a study published in Complementary Therapies In Medicine, bouquets of flowers can reduce our stress levels.

The researchers gave college-age women a fresh vase of roses for their accommodation, and the subjects felt more relaxed than they did before. Whether it's psycho-somatic, or true therapy, it seems to work.

It seems like an easy breezy way to experience multiple health benefits while keeping your home aesthetically lush. Apparently, indoor plants and gardening come with health advantages similar to gym workouts.

We like this, we like this A LOT.

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Scottish-born singer and nephew of Peter Capaldi, Lewis Capaldi, has won hearts all over the nation with his HILARIOUS social media antics and voice of a gravelly angel.

His new album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is out May 17 and features his UK Number 1 platinum-selling single Someone You Loved. It's officially the longest running number one single of the past 25 years, so he's hit the big time.

Part of the reason why he's found chart success is his campaigning on Twitter and Instagram, using absolutely gas photos of himself sporting various eccentric sunglasses and filming his strange antics.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you haven't seen the thread of him having to unclog his toilet, you've missed out. Our personal fave is the stream of himself listening to Ariana Grande's latest album, which was set to knock his tune out of the charts.

In fact, his song made it back into the top 10, reaching number one and staying there. We're SO glad it did, because this down-to-earth chap with a love for Tinder deserves it.

After supporting Picture This at their five consecutive 3Arena nights recently, Capaldi is coming back to Dublin for his very own 2020 arena tour. 

Sunday March 8, 2020 at Dublin's 3Arena sold out in minutes, as well as the rest of the UK tour dates, but our boy has hooked us up with an extra date on March 9, 2020.

He's also initiating his special LIVELIVE programme to support fans experiencing emotional difficulties and have concerns about attending shows.

 

There'll be a team at each venue who are expertly trained and qualified in assisting with panic, anxiety or any other concerns fans may have. Capaldi created the scheme after his own experiences with anxiety had a dramatic effect on him.

Speaking about the idea, the singer said; "I really wanted to put something in place to help those people feel comfortable and offer them support to allow them to experience the shows."

The 22-year-old's tunes have been streamed over 600,000 times, and the youngster was shortlisted for the BBC Critics Choice Award. Tickets from €37.35 are on sale now via Ticketmaster, grab yours now.

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Mental health is an important subject and it's fantastic that more celebrities are opening up about their struggles with it.

Little Mix's Perrie Edwards has gotten candid on Instagram about how she's been battling not only anxiety but also bad panic attacks.

The 25-year-old took to the social media platform to reveal what it was like going through these terrifying ordeals. 

She said, ''When I first started to feel the effects of anxiety I thought I was losing my mind and it terrified me. I felt so alone and like I was the first person in the world to ever experience it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued, ''The first panic attack was so intense and overwhelming I felt like I was having a heart attack, I was so scared and confused and had no idea what was happening to me. I’m not sure what triggered that first one but it soon spiralled & I found myself in a really dark place, feeling alone and scared.''

She added, ''I had people around me but I couldn’t explain to them what was happening to me or why. It affected me so badly that I didn’t even want to leave the house.''

The singer confessed that it took over my life for a while but that she is in a better place now.

She revealed, ''I’m happy to say that the physical attacks have stopped but unfortunately, the anxiety still lives on. The reality is it probably always will.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She added, ''It feels like the most unnatural thing in the world but the thing that helped me the most was discovering I’m not alone. As soon as I realised I wasn’t going insane I felt more eager to beat it.''

Perrie went on to say that she has sought therapy and is now feeling the positive effects of it – and she also reminded her fans that if they are suffering from anxiety, they are not alone. 

Her followers showered her with messages of love and support.

One said, ''I'm not sure you realise just how important you are, but we all do, and we are so grateful for you.''

While another wrote, ''Such a brave and inspirational post. I know you’ll be helping so many in the same situation.''

Well done Perrie for speaking out about a topic that should be spoken about openly. 

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Has it really been a full year sine Khloe Kardashian gave birth to her first child already?

Apparently it has, as little True Thompson, daughter of Khloe Kardashian and True Thompson, will celebrate her first birthday on Friday. 

Khloe has taken to Twitter ahead of the huge milestone event, expressing how happy she is, but how the quick-paced passage of time assocated with family life is causing her to feel anxious. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Is it weird that I think I'm having anxiety thinking True will be one on Friday?!?!' she tweeted.

'I'm sad Time is flying as fast as it is. I'll be happy, of course, I simply can't understand where the time goes.'

'Thank you Lord for every moment… bring me the tissue.'

In response, Khloe's fans offered her some words of support: 'Omg if you need tissue now you will be an absolute mess at her kindergarten graduation, commented user @KimKDelRey.

Khloe responded: 'Graduation?! I'll be a mess day one of preschool lol I can't think about this.'

Khloe has been through a very tough time since she conceived her gorgeous daughter, as her relationship with former partner True Thompson has been marred with cheating scandal after cheating scandal. 

The news broke a year ago that Thompson alleged cheated on Khloe while she was pregnant with up to four different women. 

TMZ released a video last year which showed him kissing two different women at a bar. 

The Daily Mail also leaked photos of him allegedly kissing another woman, whom he was later spotted with entering a hotel. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman later uploaded a series of snaps to her Instagram story, including a graphic sex tape which she claimed portrayed her with Thompson. She also claimed in the story that she was pregnant with his child. 

A fourth woman also came forward to Hollywood Life claiming that she has also had relations with Thompson.

In recent weeks, it was revealed that Thompson allegedly shared a kiss with Jordyn Woods, who is the best friend of Khloe's little sister Kylie Jenner. 

Khloe firmly blames Tristan for his disrespectful infidelities, saying: 'What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me.'

'Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family.'

'This was Tristan’s fault.'

Khloe has been adamantly focusing on her family, raising her daughter and always putting her first. 

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It's official: Ariana Grande has overtaken Selena Gomez as the world's most followed woman on Instagram. The figures are SO tight though; Ari now has 146,337,497 and Selena is slightly behind with  146,289,115.

Unfortunately for Thank U Next fans, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the most followed person, with 155 million followers compared to the Sweetener singer's 146 million.

However, considering everything Ms Grande has achieved this year, we believe she can gain the nine million needed in no time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Billboard are claiming that Ariana gained a huge 13 million followers on the social media site over the last four months, coinciding with the release of her record breaking albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next.

Weirdly, it also comes at the same time as her break-up from former fiancé Pete Davidson in October. The pair made the headlines after the split, coming only five months after their engagements and six months after they began dating.

It was never going to end well, was it? Ari also had a turbulent time with the overdose and subsequent death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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More recently, she won the Best Pop Album Grammy award, and became the first solo artist to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 singles (7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored and Thank U, Next), and hold the number one album spot at the same time.

Her online wars with the likes of Grammy producers who insulted her (how dare they??) and Piers Morgan has also drawn attention to her accounts.

Meanwhile, singer and actress Selena Gomez has lost followers after taking a four-month break from social media in September after entering a treatment facility for her mental health.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She required medical help with her anxiety and depression, saying in a video at the time;

"As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given."

"Kindness and encouragement only for a bit. Just remember: negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings," she said. 

Come on lads, lets dethrone Cristiano Ronaldo. Ari's Instagram game is far stronger…Just sayin'

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Jessie J has shown her vulnerable side to her millions of followers in a new Instagram video, which has currently racked up almost half a million views.

She opens up about her struggles with anxiety and depression while encouraging the younger generation not to "hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image."

The British artist attempts to hold back tears as she plays the piano and sings, explaining that she's been feeling "kinda off", and wanted to express herself through music. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I didn't know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment," Jessie explains "But it's important to be open that we are not always done up and feeling 100."

The 30-year-old is trying to set a good mental health example for younger and older generations, saying; "In a time and a world (especially the social world), sadly vulnerability is often seen as weakness."

She captioned the post; "I’m not posting this for sympathy. Im posting this for anyone who needs to see it (I needed it). This video is from yesterday. I woke up, feeling kinda off. I sat at the piano (which I’ve been avoiding) knowing it will bring some stuff up."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The continued, emotionally expressing her hope that vulnerability can be seen as a strength in the future;

"I’m making it up and feeling my real feelings. I went live as I wanted to share with you guys the moment. I didn’t know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment. But it’s important to be open… All of us have our days. Yesterday was one of my weird emotional days."

"The younger generation are almost being taught to hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image. Hence why anxiety and depression in kids is through the roof and only carries to their adult life if it doesn’t change."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"One of the biggest killers in men under 30 is suicide," she said, nothing the shocking statistics, especially for the male gender, who account for eight in 10 suicides in Ireland every year.

"We push our feelings to the bottom of our energy and hope it goes away. It won’t. Don’t define yourself on it. But stand with it, process it and learn from it. Find YOUR happiness. No one can make you happy but you. People can contribute. But ultimate happiness comes from within. It’s a personal journey."

She concluded; "I have said time and time again in recent years I don’t want to be a role model but I want to inspire. To anyone young or older. Let your sadness/pain/grief out. In your OWN way."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Another thing… TALK to people you love when you are down. Please do not suffer in silence. Life is way too short and ALWAYS GETS BETTER. I’m thinking of you and sending love to your heart," she said.

The singer has been open in the past about her struggles with grief and sadness, especially after the recent death of her head bodyguard over the New Year.

The video is hugely emotional, and we hope it inspires her fans, young and old, to allow themselves to be vulnerable. With the digital age, mental health statistics for young people are worse then ever.

Jessie J really is one brave, talented gal. 

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Zoe Sugg might be the most successful YouTuber in the biz but that doesn't mean she's immune to mental heath problems.

The 28-year-old, who has more than eleven million subscribers and more than ten million Instagram followers, has proved that not matter how amazing your life looks on social media, that it is rarely the case.

She took  to Instagram to upload a picture of herself smiling in a cafe.

She then got candid about what she was going through. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I was sat contemplating what to put for the caption of this image for so long & the reason I think I was struggling is because I have major imposter syndrome at the moment! I’m constantly doubting everything I’ve achieved, everything I’m working on business wise & everything I’m working on in my personal life! (Even down to second guessing if I should have said certain things, or “did I do that properly”…it’s bloody annoying haha) It’s such a peculiar feeling & nothing I do seems to make it “less so”. Does anyone else ever feel that way? Tell me how you’re feeling? (Be honest, we’re a happy, encouraging & very considerate bunch over here) A problem shared is a problem halved after all

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She captioned it, ''I have major imposter syndrome at the moment! I’m constantly doubting everything I’ve achieved, everything I’m working on business wise and everything I’m working on in my personal life!”

She continued, ''It’s such a peculiar feeling and nothing I do seems to make it ‘less so’.''

She added, ''Be honest, we’re a happy, encouraging and very considerate bunch over here. A problem shared is a problem halved after all.”

Her followers were quick to give words of wisdom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One said, ''I totally get that feeling! it’s only natural but do know that you’ve achieved so much already and done some amazing things already and you’re only 28 so much more is to come. Proud of you always.''

While another wrote, ''These kinda of posts are what keeps me coming back to your account. Thank you for always being real Zoë!!!''

Zoe has spoken before about how she struggles with social media and the impact that it has on her mental health.

She said, ''I spoke a bit last year about the pressure, expectation and fear of posting that I have often experienced throughout my decade of sharing, but now more than ever, I second guess a lot of things I say or post.''

She continued, ''I also know that SO many of you do the same thing (regardless of follower count) and you can end up feeling a little suffocated and disconnected.”

Hear, hear Zoe – it's so refreshing to have people be honest about the pressures of everyday life and making us all feel less alone.

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Lili Reinhart is a gift to us all. The Riverdale star is known for being extremely positive and open about mental health, especially towards her young fanbase.

The 22-year-old actress has opened up about "self-love" on Instagram, revealing that she has started therapy again for anxiety and depression.

On Friday, she uploaded an image to her Instagram story, using her platform to remain outspoken about health issues and focusing on priorities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned the post;

"Friendly reminder for anyone who needs to hear it: Therapy is never something to feel ashamed of," she wrote. "Everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist. Doesn't matter how old or 'proud' you're trying to be." 

"We are all human. And we all struggle. Don't suffer in silence," she continued.

"Don't feel embarrassed to ask for help. I'm 22. I have anxiety and depression. And today I started therapy again. And so the journey of self-love begins for me."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her post came the day after she wished her boyfriend and fellow Riverdale star Cole Sprouse a happy Valentine's Day; "You make me very happy. Happy Valentine’s Day, my love."

Sprouse himself has gotten candid about his normally-private romance with his beautiful co-star in GQ Magazine.

"It's not something that we hide, or it's not something that we show off," he simply said. "It's just something that exists."

Lili announced that she was taking a pause from Twitter last December, saying that the "site is not good for my mental health."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Reinhart told ET in October that she wanted to show a realistic portrayal of her life.

“I try to be open because I'm not putting on a show,” she said. “I'm not trying to look perfect… my life in general is not extremely glamorous. I do a lot of really cool and glamorous things, but that's not my day to day."

"I like to show off myself as being in my natural habitat, which is pretty much just in my bed, eating," she said.

We truly appreciate her honesty and self-care PSAs; we all need time to ourselves, and mental health should always be a priority.

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Kendall Jenner has opened up to Allure about her self-esteem issues surrounding her acne and skincare routine since she was 14-years-old.

She only revealed to the world last month that she is a long-time sufferer of the skin condition which plagues mainly young teens around the world.

Taking to Instagram back in January, she wrote to her fans; "While there are much bigger problems happening in the world, suffering from acne for me was debilitating. It’s something that I’ve dealt with since I was a young teen and has caused me to feel anxious, helpless and insecure."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "As humans, I don’t think we share our insecurities enough because we live in a time where being “perfect” is the standard. We curate our life online and pick the pretty moments to post. I’d like to show a younger generation that not everything is perfect."

Jenner's goal is to create a conversation surrounding image and insecurity; "I didn’t think I’d see the day where I would feel confident posting a makeup free picture. My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity.

Now, she has stated that the online haters as well as her acne has made her cry for days in the past. We've all had a bit of a sob when a massive spot surfaces on the exact day you have an important event on, it's so cruel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She revealed more about her young life to Allure;

"I've always struggled with a bit of acne since I was around 14. It killed a lot of self-esteem and I had to really work past that." She is also a person who detests when her pimples are pointed out to her, as we all are.

A break-out at the Golden Globes caused her endless stress, saying, "I was feeling good about myself, and then when people say mean things I'm like, 'I know I have a zit. I know I'm breaking out. You guys don't have to keep pointing it out. I obviously see that, but let me live.'"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those people are legit the worst. Rude, much?

She admitted; 

"I have cried endlessly for days because of things people have said to me, and I've had to become stronger through it. I mean, don't get me wrong: I am not superhuman. I definitely feel, and the things people say online are very hurtful."

We're happy for her that she's found a great skincare routine that works for her, and is starting the conversation. Young women are under such pressure to look picture perfect 24 hours a day.

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It's time to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the employment calendar; National Sickie Day. *Tosses confetti*

We figured it's time to do some healthy digging and find out what gems people were using to call in sick to work, and we also desired to know the dumbest excuses too. Natural curiosity gets the better of us…

Employment Law Experts (ELAS) are saying that the estimated number of employees calling in sick in 2017 on National Sickie Day was… wait for it…350,000 WORKERS. Wow.

Why is the first week of February just too unbearable for everyone to face their jobs? A combination of factors are predicted, such as the first weekend after Dry January and the first post-Christmas pay-day.

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ELAS have also predicted that National Sickie Day will cost the British economy around £45 million (€51.3 million), due to hours lost, wages and overtime. Good God, that's a LOT of wasted labour.

According to a survey by AXA PPP, using the flu excuse seemed to be satisfactory for four out of 10 bosses. However, eight percent of managers weren't convinced by a single one of the nine 'best excuses' listed below…

The number one excuse for ringing in sick (according to the boss) was the flu, with back pain coming in second, and injury caused by accident in third place.

Stress, elective surgery, depression, anxiety, common cold and migraine finished up the top nine, with 'none of the above' in 10th place, meaning there were some other crackers outside of the top 10 that we just NEED to hear.

According to ELAS, the absolute WORST excuses in 2016 for missing work were:

“My only pair of work trousers is in the wash”, “It’s my dog’s birthday and I need to arrange a party for him”, “The dog ate my shoes”, “I got arrested”, “I lost my PPE”, and of course; “I stayed out partying last night and haven’t had any sleep”.

Classic. Other contenders were; “My friend is on annual leave so I can’t get a lift”, “I have no way to get to work” and “My wife earns more than me so I have to look after the kids”

Ah lads, you've got to do better than that. A bit of creativity would go a long way with that lot…

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Megan Barton Hanson has expressed via social media that the days since her break up with boyfriend Wes Nelson have been anything but easy. 

The social media star has been battling her anxiety since their public split. 

On her Instagram stories, Megan released a statement of hope, after feeling 'housebound.' 

Describing her week, Megan detailed how it was filled with 'endless trolling, negative stories, dealing with publicly breaking up, being papped' and 'having to force a smile when my whole world is crumbling.'

However, Megan said that the messages of support she has received from her followers have given her hope and inspiration. 

'Feels like I can't put a foot right BUT knowing I can help motivate/inspire people even a tiny bit makes me want to continue on in the public eye.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She shared screen shots of some of the messages she has received from fans, with one saying: 

'After watching you, you've made me feel more confident about my body (I also have many curves) and about my feelings (I struggle with bouts of anxiety as well). Your personality has pushed me to be up front with my feelings.' 

Megan then shared a video of the custom-made cheese board engraved with her and Wes' names,  saying 'mum got me and Wes a cheese board for Christmas after our cheese and wine night but I didn't even get a chance to use it.'

'At least these cheese tools can come in handy,’ she added, scraping over her ex's name.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Megan had been due to appear on Heart FM yesterday, for her first interview since the split, but cancelled. 

Megan finished her poignant post by declaring her determination to not let her anxiety get the better of her. 

'I’m determined to make 2019 a positive happy year,' she finished. 

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Selena Gomez has been keeping a very low-profile of late, only recently making a quiet return to her social media stage.

The 26-year-old Come and Get It singer is coming back to our Spotify playlists this year, collaborating with Julia Michaels on her upcoming EP track Anxiety.

While the rest of us spent our weekends in a burrito blanket, bingeing Sex Education on Netflix, Selena was throwing her BFF a BRIDAL SHOW from heaven.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Selena's certified #1 Hun Courtney Barry captioned the gorgeous post of polaroid snaps; "A few of my perfect girls threw me a perfect shower."

Oh look, Selena herself is in the background. Looking happy, relaxed and stunning in a red dress that's GASPing for spring to come.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted the singer in her friends photos, having organised the event for her BFF Courtney.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The singer and her long-time bestie have known each other years, with Gomez thanking her in numerous posts for her strength and kindness.

The pair even got matching #1 tattoos to solidify their everlasting friendship, dang that is CUTE.

Now it's Courtney's turn to get married, and Selena looks like she's supporting her like a great pal. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She captioned this post; 

"The way you handle life’s most confusing moments is indescribable and graceful. You are moved by the littlest stories to the most heartbreaking ones, you will give someone your perfume if they say you smell nice, you are freaking hilarious and always stand firm in your faith, a loving sister, an amazing friend and a beautiful daughter."

"You are the definition of FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made baby!"

Selena has taken time out from the spotlight after continuous physical and mental health issues, we can't wait to see what 2019 has in store for the gal.

Hopefully she has found the help she needs and deserves, it looks like she's got a wonderful bunch of pals around her.

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