Back in October Selena Gomez checked into rehab following what’s been described as an “emotional breakdown.”

Last week, Selena was spotted for the first time since leaving treatment.

Fans were delighted to see that Selena looked happy and healthy.

But some were puzzled by the presence of a woman who was not a known member of Selena’s entourage, but who seemed to be with the singer at all times.

“Selena has a life coach with her at all times now,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online,

But while the full-time companion has been described by some as a sobriety coach, Radar’s insider is quick to point out that the unidentified woman actually plays an even more important role in Gomez’s life:

“It’s not like a sober coach, because Selena’s issues are much greater than just alcohol,” says the source.

While Selena’s mental health is reportedly on the upswing these days, those closest to the singer strongly encouraged her to hire a life coach for this early stage of her recovery process.

Family and management team “wanted someone to be there for her at all times,” says the insider.

Fortunately, Selena was able to choose her new companion herself, and it seems she’s quite pleased with her choice.

“Selena selected her life coach … She is doing well right now,” the source claims.

In addition to talking through her issues with her life coach, Selena is reportedly “going to therapy, working with a psychologist, and just trying to stay real active.”

In addition to her struggles with depression and anxiety, Gomez is battling a number of physical health issues, including Lupus.

Selena underwent a kidney transplant in 2017, and she was recently hospitalized for a low white blood cell count.

As is often the case with this sort of thing, there’s been much speculation about what caused Selena’s breakdown.

Some have attributed it to her health issues, while others claim Justin Bieber’s marriage to Hailey Baldwin sent Selena into a downward spiral.

In all likelihood, it was a confluence of factors — including the vagaries of her brain chemistry — that drove Selena to seek help.

We’re glad she did, and we wish her all the best in her continued recovery.