Selena Gomez is sporting some new ink, and the tattoo has a powerful meaning behind it.
If you're assuming she got her boyfriend The Weeknd's initials tattooed on her, think again. The pop star is now the proud owner of a semicolon tattoo, which is a symbol of suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
The punctuation mark represents the end of one thought and the beginning of another, instead of the finality of a period.
Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. 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. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. 🌧⛅️🌤☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.
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Gomez produced the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which is focused on suicide prevention, so the body art is especially timely. She wasn't the only one to get inked. Her castmates also sport matching semicolons on their wrists.
Most recently, the creator of Project Semicolon, Amy Bleuel, was lost to suicide, after years of fighting it, according to The Mighty. We wonder if Selena maybe knew that when getting the tattoo. Either way, Amy's spirit will live on and Selena will inspire others by being at the forefront of breaking the stigma on mental health discussion.