Selena Gomez has revealed that she prioritized her mental health by giving the logins to her social media accounts to her assistant and removing the apps from her phone.
The 29-year-old spoke frankly about her relationship with social media, and why she finally decided to hand over the reins of her accounts in 2017, during a new interview with Elle , where she revealed that she provides photos and quotes but does not post herself.
According to Gomez, she made the decision after struggling with negativity on apps like Instagram, where she was previously the most followed user.
The former star of Disney, who has been the center of attention since she was a child, also admitted that, for a time, she felt “like an object.”
“It felt gross for a long time,” he said.
Reflecting on the decision to quit social media now, Gomez said it was difficult at first, but it taught her to “be with herself.”
“I don’t have it on my phone, so there is no temptation. Suddenly I had to learn to be with myself. That was annoying, because in the past, I could spend hours looking at other people’s lives, “said the singer of Lose You To Love Me. “I was almost two years down on someone’s diet, and then I realized, ‘I don’t even know this person!’ Now I get information in the proper way. When my friends have something to talk about, they call me and say, ‘Oh, I did this. They don’t say, ‘Wait, did you see my post?’
“This tiny phone that had 150 million people on it, I just put it down,” he continued. “It was a great relief to me.”
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The Rare Beauty founder also said giving up social media meant she could focus her attention on other projects like her makeup brand, a change she called “so nice.”
“I felt like I could suddenly be so present,” he revealed.
According to Gomez, her 2018 bipolar disorder diagnosis, which she has spoken about publicly on several occasions, also helped her understand some of her mental health and anxiety struggles.
“I felt like a huge weight was lifted from me when I found out,” he recalls. “I could take a deep breath and say, ‘Okay, that explains a lot of things.’
This isn’t the first time that Gomez has been transparent about her negative relationship with social media, as she previously revealed that as soon as she “became the most followed person on Instagram, I freaked out a bit.”
“It had consumed me a lot. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep, ”he told Vogue in 2017. “I was addicted and I felt like I was seeing things that I didn’t want to see, like I was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. “
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