Actress and artist Selena Gomez (29) was for a long time Instagram’s most followed celebrity with millions of followers and clicks. However, several celebrities have taken over the throne since then, but the star still has one of the largest accounts – with as many as 287 million followers.
There is no doubt that social media can affect one in a negative sense. The pressure to share Instagram-friendly flash shots can be felt great – both for celebrities and lesser-known ones.
– Not pretty enough
In an interview with InStyle Gomez opens up about the negative impact social media had on her in her early 20s.
– At one point, Instagram became my whole world, and it was very dangerous. In my early 20s, I did not feel pretty enough. There was a period in my life where I thought I needed make-up and would never be seen without it, she tells the magazine frankly.
Eventually it dawned on the artist that she had to do something about it.
– The older I got, the more I developed and realized that I had to take control of what I felt. I wanted to be able to look at myself in the mirror and feel confident to be who I am, she shares.
The “Lose You To Love Me” singer therefore decided to take a break from social media.
– It was the best choice I have ever made for my mental health. I created a system where I still do not have my passwords. The unnecessary hatred and comparisons disappeared when I put away the phone. I have moments where the weird feeling comes back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself, says the star.
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Openness about mental health
Gomez further shares in the interview that she has problems with depression and anxiety, and would not share content on social media because she was in a privileged position.
For the 29-year-old, the desire was to make it easier to talk about mental health.
She has thus previously invited several people, including university professors Jelani Cobb and Kimberlé Crenshaw, to her Instagram account, to address important societal issues.
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