Since its release, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why has faced a mix of praise and backlash. While the show been popular among viewers, experts in mental health and suicide prevention have expressed concerns that it romanticizes suicide.
Selena Gomez, who served as an executive producer on the project and has been involved in its development for years, has finally responded to the controversy surrounding the series.
"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," Gomez told the Associated Press. "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."
Gomez has also explained that she hopes the series will help teens start a dialogue about 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."
Follow Marie Claire on Facebook for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.