Selena Gomez Wears Fall Risk Bracelet in 'Bad Liar' Music Video
Celebrities often draw attention for their fashion choices, but Selena Gomez’s latest accessory is one many people living with a chronic illness may recognize. In the music video for her new single “Bad Liar,” Gomez, 24, wears hospital gauze and a yellow “Fall Risk” bracelet. The addition of which was agreed upon by Gomez and her producers, after she arrived on set wearing both items, following treatment she received earlier that day for lupus.
Shortly before the video’s release on Spotify, Gomez posted a teaser photo to her Instagram account, confusing fans unfamiliar with the bracelet.
According to the American Hospital Association, fall risk bracelets act as “a warning to slow down, pay attention, and take special precaution,” as well as alert hospital staff that the person wearing the bracelet may lose balance and fall.
One Instagram user, commenting on the photo, said “I didn’t think anything of the fall risk bracelet until I saw the bandage on her wrist. What’s this pic trying to convey? Attempted suicide?” Petra Collins, who shot the photo weighed in on the comment and clarified that the bracelet and gauze were not in fact props, saying, “not at all, Selena came straight from the hospital to do this shoot—from being there for lupus.”
This isn’t the first time Gomez has let fans into her experience living with lupus. In 2016, she canceled the South American and European legs of her tour to check into rehab to manage the panic attacks and depression she developed as a result of living with lupus.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Gomez told Billboard in 2015. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
The singer has previously also donated to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine’s Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, which will support a pilot program focused on treating complications of lupus.
Gomez is currently working on a number of new projects, releasing new music and co-producing the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which was recently renewed for a second season.