This is the sad reason why we won't be seeing Selena Gomez on social media anytime soon
Selena Gomez just can't seem to catch a break, can she? Whether the press are making dramatic assumptions about how she's reacting to the news of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's engagement - spoiler alert: it's none of our business - or they're reducing her charitable efforts to the aforementioned minutiae of her personal life, it's evident that the erstwhile Disney star has had enough of it all.
Case in point: Selena took to Instagram earlier this week to announce that she's taking a social media hiatus.
While the 26-year-old has been very active on Instagram of late; posting Instagram stories, publishing two new snaps, commenting on her friends' posts, and following new accounts, Selena took to the platform yesterday to inform her 143 million followers that she needs to take some time off, again.
"Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an idiot!) Update: taking a social media break. Again," she captioned the mirror selfie. "As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember - negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi."
Just last month, Footwear News released an interview with Selena where she spoke about the impact that internet trolls have on her. "I feel like I’m one of those people [whose body confidence can be shaken by haters]. I actually am one of those people. I understand and I get what [my followers are] feeling and what they are afraid of."
However, Selena then asserted that she chooses to focus on herself, and ignore any chatter that doesn't serve her. "It’s all about how you feel at the end of the day. That’s my approach to myself, seeing it’s not okay that I’m not accepted, that I’m different from anybody else. It’s okay that I’m not accepted this way. It’s okay that I’m nice and not intense. I don’t really care [about the trolls]. I have to express my message to myself more than my fans. I would say [to my fans] that 'I get it, I’m like you.'"
She's also opened up about how bewildered she was to discover that she was the most followed person on Instagram. "I sort of freaked out," she said. "It had become so consuming to me. It's what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn't want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn't want to care about. I always end up feeling like shit when I look at Instagram. Which is why I'm kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit."