Selena Gomez And '13 Reasons Why' Stars Get Matching Tattoos With A Powerful Meaning

"Thank you to each beautiful person who has watched and talked about the message of our show."

The new Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why is wowing fans for its honest depiction of issues such as bullying, sexual assault, and teenage suicide. Selena Gomez, who executive produced the series (based on the book by Jay Asher), demonstrated just how much the story meant to her this weekend when she and two of the show's stars got matching tattoos.

Gomez shared photos and video on her Instagram Stories this Sunday from the tattoo parlor where she and actors Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman got their wrists inked with small semicolons. She also shared a snap of the three of them posing next to a billboard for the show.



"Wish the rest of the crew was with us today. Overwhelmed with the response and love @13reasonswhy is receiving," she wrote. "Thank you to each beautiful person who has watched and talked about the message of our show."

So what's the meaning behind their tattoos' design? Although the punctuation mark may make you think they're just grammar nerds, it actually symbolizes something a lot more powerful. Project Semicolon is a movement for mental health awareness and suicide prevention that encourages those suffering from depression and other mental health difficulties to draw or tattoo semicolons on their wrists.

"A semicolon represents a sentence that the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you and the sentence is your life," the project has explained.

The issue is close to Gomez's heart, not only through the show, but also in her own personal life. Last year, she took a break from the spotlight to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression" she was experiencing associated with her lupus diagnosis. Gomez has made inspiring others — particularly young people — a priority, and 13 Reasons Why is part of that.

"Whether you have read this book or not, it's a story of what every kid does and will continue to go through — unless we keep talking about it," she wrote on Instagram earlier this year. "People are hurting and deserve to be heard."

(H/T: E! News)

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