Selena Gomez might have the largest Instagram following, but she’s over social media ATM. Yesterday, Gomez posted on Instagram that she’s taking a break from social media. Over the weekend, before anyone knew about her upcoming departure, she answered followers’ questions over an Instagram Live. During the stream, Gomez opened up about her struggle with depression.
“Depression was my life for five years straight,” she said, according to E! News. “I think before I turned 26 there was like this weird time in my life [where] I think I was kind of on autopilot for about five years. Kinda just going through the motions and figuring out who I am and just doing the best I could, and then slowly but surely doing that.” She says she felt like “every time I try to do something right; every time I try to do something good, I felt like people were picking me apart,” which created a “fear of what people [were] going to say.”
Gomez pointed out the criticism that comes with social media when announcing her hiatus. “Kindness and encouragement only for a bit!” she wrote in her post. “Just remember—negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”
This isn’t the first time that Gomez has gone on a social media cleanse. In 2016, she took a break when she was dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression, which she explained were side effects of having lupus. She spent 3 months in rehab without using her phone at all. Gomez still received negative attention during the period when she was out of the public eye.