Sharing a picture of herself smiling, Selena wrote alongside the image: "Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an idiot!) Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody's feelings. Obvi."
Selena's break from Instagram -- where she has over 143 million followers -- follows days full of content. The former Disney Channel star had posted videos ranging from her singing to her fans to laughing while watching "Step Brothers" for the first time. On Saturday, she posted a video of her working on her new record in the studio.
The actress even participated in an Instagram live video over the weekend, where she spoke about her new album, her friendship with Taylor Swift, and why she doesn't want to be on another magazine cover ever again.
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"When people write words that I didn't say, I don't feel good about it, but I don't get upset at the person or the magazine or anything," Gomez said in the IG live. "I just feel like I've been private so much because I've been so terrified of what these magazines are gonna say about me."
"I try to say things in an interview for an hour, I'm talking to someone and I'm thinking it's really good, you're here, you're experiencing things and then next thing you know...it's not anyone's fault, people just want to get people's attention but I don't really understand why," she added, telling her fans, "I just wanted to be real with you. 'Cause I don't feel like being on another magazine cover ever again. It just, it doesn't matter."
Throughout the Instagram Live, Gomez reiterated many, many times that she doesn't care what people think or how many followers she has. (Gomez is the most-followed person on the app.)
"None of this stuff matters," she said. "I don't care how many followers I have, I don't. I don't care. I could have none tomorrow like makes no difference, no differences. It's just a number and it's insane that people are so obsessed with a number. It's like chill out, who gives [a f--k.]"
"I don't really care," she continued. "I don't care what anyone says, I don't care what anyone writes, I don't care what they're going to try to pick apart in this live video. It's just like I don't care. I really don't care anymore and this is who I am."
In her Elle cover story, that hits newsstands tomorrow, the "Wizards of Waverly Place" star told the publication that she tries to stay off social media as much as possible.
"I'm not on the internet," Gomez said earlier this month. "I haven't been on the internet in months. I don't have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game."
However, later that day the "Wolves" singer slammed the magazine for how her faith was represented throughout the interview, despite the fact that it barely touched upon it.
"Church is a name for something far more personal," Gomez said. "There's always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn't) but I'll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone."
"I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth," she added. "I'm a bit bummed but rarely surprised."