Selena Gomez reached out privately to Demi Lovato to offer her friend her support after her suspected heroin overdose in July.

Selena Gomez on ELLE US magazine

Selena Gomez on ELLE US magazine

The 'Come & Get It' hitmaker wanted to avoid doing a "public thing" to show her love for Demi, 26, in the wake of her relapse and subsequent admission to rehab for addiction treatment but has confirmed she has spoken to her close pal.

Speaking as the cover star of September's edition of ELLE US magazine, she said: "All I'm saying is, I reached out personally.

"I didn't do a public thing. I didn't want to ... I love her. I've known her since I was seven. So ... it's ... that's what I'll say."

Selena recently celebrated her birthday and now she is in the second half of her 20s she believes she has gained a sense of clarity and the ability to better control her emotions.

She said: "It's peaceful. It's weird. The moment I turned 26, I felt 26. Right now, I feel very sure of where I am. I don't feel erratic or emotionally unstable or like I can't handle my emotions, like I used to.

"It's kind of understanding myself a little more. By all means I don't have myself figured out. But it feels good."

As a modern pop star, the 'Wolves' singer has a massive presence on social media with 56.4 million followers on Twitter and 142 million fans on Instagram but she avoids spending hours on the internet because she wants to live in the real world.

She shared: "I'm not on the internet; I haven't been on the internet in months. I don't have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game. The reason why is, it's not real to me, I know my voice is very prominent, but I'm not careless with it. I'm selective.

"As far as my personal life, someone sees me having a glass of wine? I could give two s***s. I'm not trying to hide. That's my life. I'm living it the way I want to live it. But it's about making a conscious effort - if I can have a moment to be with my friends, I'll take that time. So I don't have any of it. I had to make that decision."