Selena Gomez responds to the '13 Reasons Why' backlash

Our girl Selena has finally addressed all the controversy around the new Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why...

Selena Gomez (who helped produce the show) has responded to all the controversy and backlash from 13 Reasons Why.

After the series was released, 13 Reasons Why has recieved a combination of praise and backlash due to it following the storyline metnal health and suicide. 

Speaking exclusively to the Associated Press, Selena said:

"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what [author] Jay Asher created was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story and I think that's what we wanted to do."

She continued on to say, "we wanted to do it justice and, yeah, [the backlash is] gonna come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing."

Selena explained that she hopes the series will help young people feel more open to having conversations about these important issues.

"I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was," she told E! Online at WE Day.

"I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused—in a way that they would talk about it because it's something that's happening all the time. So, I'm overwhelmed that's it's doing as well as it's doing."

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