Selena Gomez 'Proud' Of Demi Lovato For Overcoming Personal Problems

The BFFs have maintained a close friendship over the years

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Selena Gomez has praised her BFF Demi Lovato for managing to battle through her personal issues, admitting that she is “proud” of the 'Made In The USA' singer.

Demi, 21, admitted herself into a rehab facility in October 2010 to overcome “physical and emotional issues,” withdrawing herself from the public eye temporarily and being forced to cancel several performances.

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have been BFFs for years ( Adriana M. Barraza/WENN)

The singer has since bounced back from the rocky period, landing a judging role on X Factor USA and scoring a number one album with 'Demi,' and smash hit single 'Heart Attack.' Through her troubles, Demi has been able to count on the support of a small circle of friends including Selena, who credits her fellow Disney star for picking herself up.

“I'm very proud of Demi and her being able to accept the challenges she went through, but also for staying a good role model to people who do struggle with the things that she's gone through,” Selena told i-D magazine.

Demi Lovato spent several months in rehab in 2010 (Nikki Nelson/WENN)

“I've always been taught that you are who you surround yourself with. So if you surround yourself with good positive people you can only do good things for them and they can only do good things for you.”

Clearly able to understand some of Demi's struggles, Selena, whose failed romance with Justin Bieber has been highly publicised, added: “It is frustrating at times when certain things are being said, but other than that I'm just a normal girl living a normal life.”

Demi recently discussed her inner circle and revealed that she counts Selena, Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus as her close pals.

"You know, people in my life - like Selena and Nick and Miley, even - they’ve all been there for me during really hard times,” Demi told the Huffington Post last month.

“I like to surround myself with people who understand where I am in my life and that have my best interests at heart. I feel like - especially with Nick - I feel like I can call him when I’m really struggling or whatever, and he’ll be there for me."

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Demi Lovato interacts with the crowd during her Good Morning America performance (JINY/Splash News)