It's a well known fact that social media has become toxic for our mental health. From the unhealthy comparisons to peers and influencers to the addictive properties forced upon the millions of users on the app, a detox can be an effective way to combat said feelings.
And it seems as if Selena Gomez can attest to that.
As one of the most followed people on Instagram, Gomez is a fan of taking a hiatus from the platforms, hopping on and off the site for the last few years. But now, the "Lose You To Love Me" singer is speaking out about the moment she chose to step away from the app altogether.
In an interview with WWD, Gomez opened up about when she made the decision around three years ago, thanks to the constant need to be "on" at any given moment, the influx of information and the telescopic, and often negative, focus on her personal life.
"To be honest, I was just, like, 'This is too much information.' This is too much of my personal life spread out everywhere, and it just felt uncontrollable. I felt like my thoughts and everything I was consuming revolved around a million different other people in the world saying good things and bad things," she explained. "And I just thought, 'I don't get anything from it. Nothing is giving me life.' And I just snapped, and I was over it."
Gomez went on to explain that she initially wanted to delete her social profiles entirely, but her team convinced her not to, and thankfully, it still worked out okay.
"I'm happy I didn't, because it is such a wonderful way to stay connected, and when I do go on, it makes me happy to know that I'm just being completely honest and being true to who I am", adding that when she wants to share something on Instagram, she sends her post to her assistant and they post on behalf of her.
Continuing, the Only Murders In The Building star admitted that a life free of social media has been nothing but beneficial for her, even making her real life better overall.
"I say that because that's a huge, significant part of why I feel like I've been as healthy as I have been," she revealed. "I'm completely unaware of actually what's going on in pop culture, and that makes me really happy. And maybe that doesn't make everybody else happy, but for me, it's really saved my life."
However, this isn't the first time that mental health has been at the forefront of Gomez's mind. A mental health advocate, her beauty brand Rare Beauty donates one percent of every sale to the Rare Impact Fund, which aims to raise USD $100 million over 10 years for mental health services in underserved communities.
Additionally, she has also opened up about her own mental health, previously discussing her battles with anxiety and depression and revealing that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2020.
"There was this immense amount of pressure I had growing up that I felt like I needed to be a good role model," Gomez told WWD. "And then I felt like maybe that was just unrealistic, and my life became very public really quickly, and I didn't know that I was going through my own journey with mental health at the time,"
She continued: "So, it was really confusing growing up, and once people created this narrative of my life, I realised I can't be quiet anymore. I have to just address what needs to be addressed, and that's me reclaiming my story, which is, 'OK, yeah', I was definitely going through a hard time, and this is why, and this is what I deal with.'"
"It feels good to finally not care as much as I did," she said. "I think of how many years I wasted just caring so much about what people thought, and it was just suffocating. And I think I wasted time doing that. What I love so far about getting older is that I'm starting to just really be happy with who I am, know what I want and know what I don't want."