Yup. This has made us love her EVEN MORE...
Selena Gomez is at the top of her game. She’s now the most followed person on Instagram, she’s dating one of the coolest guys in music RN and she was one of the executive producers on the new hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why.
Now, the singer and a few of the cast members from the viral series have got matching tattoos.
But they’re not just any old tattoos. Nope, these inkings have a pretty special meaning – and it’s got everything to do with the show.
Deciding on semicolon tatts, actors Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman marked the show, along with Selena, by inking their skin. The mark symbolises mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Naturally, the stars took to Instagram to share their moment and to spread the important message.
Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica in 13 Reasons Why, posted the matching ink and encouraged those who identify with Hannah Baker to watch a documentary called Beyond the Reasons.
She added: ‘Project semicolon is a movement dedicated to presenting hope for those suffering from depression, thoughts of suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Those of you watching 13 Reasons Why and identify with Hannah Baker, please check out Beyond The Reasons on netflix, or check out the link in my bio…’
Tommy wrote: ‘The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life.’
The non profit Project Semicolon was started by mental health advocate Amy Bluel back in 2013 to raise awareness. Sadly, Amy took her own life in March 2017 after battling with her own depression.
With the likes of Selena and the 13 Reasons Why cast getting behind it, we hope that this will help shed even more light onto the previously hushed subject.
If you didn’t already know, Selena was actually going to play the main character Hannah in the show, but decided to stay behind the scenes in the Netflix series that addresses teen suicide in a really matter of fact way. In a recent interview, Selena shared why she turned down the role.
‘I see myself as Hannah so much. Seven years ago I did and even more so today, which I think is funny because it’s backwards. The older I get the more insecure I get, which is odd. But that’s something a lot of people can relate to. Her personality is a quiet strength. I’ve never really been the one to be in anyone’s face. A lot of girls feel like they have to be a certain way for attention. Social media has amplified all of that. I get that she didn’t want that to be what her life was’, the star explained.
Despite her resonating with the story, she wanted to stay behind the scenes, saying, ‘A book is frightening for me because I know the cult following it has, which is the reason why I didn’t want to be in it.’
Selena, Alisha and Tommy’s meaningful tattoos will hopefully inspire those with their own battles to come forward and get help.
If you’re struggling with any issues raised in this story, please visit the NHS website.
Words by Lexxi Davis