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What has Selena Gomez got to do with 13 Reasons Why?

Here's everything you need to know

If you're anything like us you'll be proper, full-on, unashamedly obsessed with Netflix telly show 13 Reasons Why. We've watched the first season aproximately 6 times through, literally cannot wait for series 2 and find ourselves scrolling reddit's fan theories on the reg.

Now we reckon we're pretty well-up on the show, but the internet still has one MAJOR question; what the hell's Selena Gomezgot to do with it all, why's she always hanging out with the cast and WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MATCHING TATTOOS?

So basically we're here to tell you exactly what Selena Gomez has to do with 13 Reasons Why (she's executive producer, but read on anyway.)

What has Selena Gomez got to do with 13 Reasons Why?

Selena's executive producer of the show alongside Diana Son, Tom McCarthy, Joy Gorman Wettels, Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Mandy Teefey and Kristel Laiblin (PHEW.) She described the show as her 'passion project' on Instagram.

How involved is Selena Gomez in 13 Reasons Why?

Very, actually. Recalling one of her visits to set, Dylan Minette who plays Clay Jensen told POPSUGAR: "She stayed with us the whole day on set and talked to everyone. She took us out to dinner and saw a movie with us, and we hung out with her.

"I don't think I can emphasise how generous she is and how genuinely she cares."

How well does Selena Gomez know the 13 Reasons Why cast?

Dylan told POPSUGAR: "She makes us feel very loved and welcome. We didn't get to meet her until the very end, and she made us so comfortable."

They've hung out loads since, as we'll get on to in a bit.

Is Selena Gomez in 13 Reasons Why?

Nope, not yet. She told The Hollywood Reporter she'll probably stay behind the camera, admitting: "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."

Fair enough, love.

What's Selena Gomez's 13 Reasons Why song?

Since she's pretty good at the whole popstar thing too, Selena covered Yazoo's 1982 tune Only You for the show. Have a listen:

Didn't she do Kill 'Em With Kindness too?

AH YEAH. A fancy acoustic version, no less. Dreamy.

Has Selena Gomez done an interview about 13 Reasons Why?

Indeed she has. Selena appeared on Netflix's well interesting There's Never Enough TV panel alongside cast and co-producers to discuss the show's importance and her own experiences with mental health issues.

Here it is, if you fancy a watch:

Do Selena Gomez and the 13 Reasons Why cast have matching tattoos?

Yup.

The show's Tommy Dorfman, who plays Ryan Shaver, uploaded pics of Selena getting a meaningful tattoo with the cast on Instagram. He said: "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."

Brandon Flynn 13 Reasons Why tattoo

Brandon Flynn, who plays Justin Foley, has the same semicolon tattoo. He uploaded his with the caption: "Allow your story to continue because it could help others and change the world."

Ooh AND Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) has one, too. She explained: "I have received so much love and support from all of you who are watching 13 Reasons Why. Today- Tommy, Selena and I got tattoos of a semicolon.

"Project semicolon is a movement dedicated to presenting hope for those suffering from depression, thoughts of suicide, addiction, and self-injury."

What was Selena Gomez's response to 13 Reasons Why's backlash?

Speaking to Associated Press, Selena defended the show saying: "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.

"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."

So there you go - everything you need to know about Selena Gomez's involvement in 13 Reasons Why. DON'T TRY TELLING US WE'RE NOT AN EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM.

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