Being the most followed person on Instagram isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be. Selena Gomez opened up to 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar about her use of the social media app, calling her connection to Instagram one of her “most difficult relationships.”
One might think that Gomez’s most difficult relationship would be the high profile rollercoaster she’s been riding with Justin Bieber over the years, but, actually, its with an app. Gomez has remained candidly grateful for the ability to use the app to clear the air about any false rumors circulating about the singer, saying, “It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me and allows me to say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna post this, and this is gonna take care of the 1,200 stories that people think are interesting but actually aren’t, and aren’t even true.’ So it empowers me in that way because it’s my words and my voice and my truth.” Still, the “undisputed queen of Insta” as Langford calls her in the interview, admitted that while she does see the positive impact of having over 133 million followers on Instagram, the app has caused her to think twice about being able to use it as a platform to connect with others. “The only thing that worries me is how much value people our age place on social media. It’s an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways it’s given young people, myself included, a false representation of what’s important,” she said.
That platform, while enabling her to connect with millions of fans around the world, may also contribute to Gomez’s reported struggle with depression and living in the public eye while maintaining a relationship that is constantly up and down. Further opening up to Langford about her mental health, the pop star got real about accepting her battle with depression and anxiety. “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else. I’m starting my year off with that thought. I want to make sure I’m healthy,” she went on. Us Weekly reports that Gomez recently checked herself into a facility to treat her mental health, and in her Harper’s interview, the singer disclosed that her health and well-being have always been and will remain a number one priority.
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