Selena Gomez recently reflected on how online hate surrounding her 2018 breakup with Justin Bieber impacted her mental health. The Only Murders In The Building star told Vanity Fair in a new interview how she got through the tough time.
“I went through a hard time in a breakup, and I didn’t want to see any of the [feedback]—not necessarily about the relationship, but the opinions of me versus [someone] else,” Selena told the publication. “There’d be thousands of really nice comments, but my mind goes straight to the mean one.”
Months after Bieber and Gomez parted ways, the “Peaches” singer proposed to Hailey Bieber. The aftermath of their relationship weighed heavily on Selena, 30. She said she became “inundated with information that I didn’t want” since an early age. “People can call me ugly or stupid and I’m like, ‘Whatever.’ But these people get detailed,” she continued. “They write paragraphs that are so specific and mean. I would constantly be crying, I constantly had anxiety… I couldn’t do it anymore. It was a waste of my time.”
Gomez turned over her social media passwords to her assistant following the split, reclaiming ownership of her Instagram just last month. She has now “created a system” where she can interact with social media on her own terms. “The only thing I have on my phone is TikTok because I find it to be a little less hostile,” she said. “There are wonderful things about social media—connecting with fans, seeing how happy and excited they are and their stories. But usually that’s filtered through [for me now]. Everything I do I send to my assistant who posts them. As far as comments, my team will put together a few things that are encouraging.”
As we previously reported, Hailey addressed the speculation that she had “stolen” Justin from Selena. “Of course, there’s a very long history there and it’s not my relationship,” Hailey said in September. “It has nothing to do with me. So, I respect that a lot. But I know that it closed a chapter.
“I think it was the best thing that could have happened for him to move on and be engaged and get married. And like, move on with, with his life in that way.”