That picture is from 2015.
Selena Gomez is celebrating the launch of her mental health platform Wondermind today— and the star is getting real about her own journey understanding her mental health struggles and getting to a better place. The singer was joined by Wondermind co-founders Mandy Teefey (Gomez’s mother) for an interview on Good Morning America.
"Growing up in the spotlight has definitely taught me so much," Gomez started. "I can’t believe I am where I am mentally just because of how I took the necessary steps in order to kind of remove myself from that because it's just not normal. I really want people to be understood and seen and heard. It’s okay to not be okay."
Gomez revealed she has stayed offline for over four years now and credits that to making her feel "normal" despite her A-list fame. "haven’t been on the internet in four and a half years," she started. "it has changed my life completely. I am happier, I am more present, I connect more with people. It makes me feel normal."
Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder helped tremendously too, she added. "It was really freeing [being diagnosed with bipolar disorder] to have the information. It made me really happy because I started to have a relationship with myself, and I think that’s the best part. Like, I’ve probably been the happiest I’ve ever been. My mom knows."
Gomez added that as she approaches her 30th birthday in July, she’s thrilled to embark on that new era in a very strong place. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into this chapter alone, independently, strong, confidently," she said. That’s all I really want you know? I’m excited [to turn 30]."
You can watch her full interview below:
I'm not trying to sound like a hardo, but I never really got into Selena Gomez (although I've been meaning to check out her show with Steve Martin and Martin Short on HULU). She may only be sevenish months younger than me, but I was already too old when she got her break on Disney or whatever it was to willingly absorb that content. Obviously, I'm aware of her music from existing in humanity during the 2010s, but it's not music I listen to or enjoy. I had no idea she had mental health struggles, but then again I totally did because so does every fucking person on this planet (ur boi included). If she's found something that genuinely helps her feel better, I'm all for it. I wish her well with this latest endeavor and believe her when she says being offline helps you feel happier, more present and connected. I'm not anti-Selena Gomez whatsoever. I hope she can help millions of people with their struggles even though the whole "it's okay, to not be okay" slogan makes my skin crawl.
That being said:
You haven't been online in FOUR AND A HALF YEARS???? Sure, and John Travolta loves crushing pussy. Look, I know people are starting to give up social media because it is one of the best and worst things to ever happen in the history of people. I can believe someone who says they deleted Facebook, Twitter, IG, etc., and legitimately doesn't look at social media anymore. I'm jealous of those people. I hate Twitter. I mean, I love lots of it, but it's so fucking stupid and infuriating. There's the whole witch hunt to see if you ever said something bad before social-acceptance standards changed aspect. People go viral for stolen tweets 58 times a day, which makes my blood boil. Meanwhile, I'm out here pouring my heart out, making dated references, and can't even get a cult that says I love you to love me (long live the Cheapies).
Now there is so much more to the internet than social media, and this is where I just don't believe a word she's saying. Maybe this is just some big rich person loophole because she can pay someone to do it, but the way we consume information has completely changed throughout her lifetime. Do you mean to tell me in the last approximately 1643 days, Selena hasn't once watched a movie or tv show and got curious about how much it made, the name of an actor, what year it came out, who scored it, what the budget was, or if that chick (you can pick who!) was in something else? And if she did watch something it better be on DVD or VHS. Cause baby, streaming is the internet. Even Blu-rays can be the internet. So, she hasn't checked the news or what time a movie is playing? She didn't look up any recipes? Selena never got a little lonely and wanted to Jill off to some beefy man meat? You mean to tell me Selena Gomez hasn't played a single Sporcle quiz in the last four and a half years? Selena, I know you live a life unlike anything I could imagine, but you went through a worldwide pandemic and didn't once go on the internet to, IDK, check things out or pass the fucking time?
Theoretically, with her kind of money (85 million dollars according to Celebrity Net Worth), she could pay someone a solid yearly salary to be her personal "Ask Jeeves." Still, I find that highly unlikely, even in a world where it's accurate...I'm sorry, that doesn't fucking count. You're still online by proxy. It's like someone saying, "I don't watch TV" because they stream on their laptop.
I can let having THREE HUNDRED AND TEN MILLION Instagram followers slide because she allegedly doesn't run the account, but I'm sorry, I'm calling bull shit. What about TikTok? Is it possible to make those videos without her somehow using the internet? Even if she somehow didn't make the videos herself? If you send someone an iMessage with the video clip for the TikTok, guess what, sweetie? You just used the internet.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a person, I've lied for no reason millions, if not billions of times, but usually, it was to avoid getting in trouble or for the thrill of it. But they would at least be sort of believable. "Hey, Ry. What did you do at Matty's house last night?" "Oh, we played Madden and watched the Sox, dad." Yeah, I omitted that we smoked his dad's weed all night. But nobody got hurt. It was fiiiiine. Sure, her lie isn't like an "I really won the election, and now I'm gonna have a coup in plain sight" kind of lie, but it was still destructive because some idiots will believe this shit and then feel bad about themselves when they only make it 17 minutes without impulsively checking eight apps.