Selena Gomez reveals Instagram addiction, low self-esteem

Selena Gomez Reuters

NEW YORK —

Pop star Selena Gomez said she canceled her world tour last year and went to therapy because she was depressed, anxious and “my self-esteem was shot.”

Gomez, 24, who has more than 113 million Instagram followers, also said in an interview published on Thursday that she was freaked out by her social media obsession and no longer has the Instagram app on her phone.

“As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict,” Gomez told Vogue magazine in a cover story for its April edition.

The former Disney Channel singer and actress made headlines last August when she abruptly quit her “Revival” world tour, saying she needed to take time off to deal with panic attacks and depression.

She told Vogue she entered a treatment program for three months.

“My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it — which, I think, was a complete distortion,” she said.

Gomez said she had also found it hard - as have other young stars like Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan - to shake off her perky “Wizards of Waverly Place” persona from her Disney days.

“For a guy there’s a way to rebel that can work for you,” she said. “But for a woman, that can backfire. It’s hard not to be a cliché, the child star gone wrong.”

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

  • -7

    onedragon

    She should, as she doesn't have the talent, looks or stamina to be a major pop star.

  • 0

    gogogo

    Talk about 1st world problems

  • 0

    goldorak

    “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. (...)My self-esteem was shot."

    Classic. Celebrity self-indulgence at its best/worst.

  • 0

    katsu78

    gogogoMAR. 19, 2017 - 07:54AM JST Talk about 1st world problems

    Yes, let's talk about them. People who don't want to be part of the conversation are free to go elsewhere and discuss things that do interest them.

  • 3

    lostrune2

    She became a social media addict, and let what social media says about her affect her well-being

    Good she's trying to treat that

    Teenagers should take heed

  • 0

    Lizz

    Social media addiction is everywhere, especially the Middle East according to some research. It certainly isn't limited to the first world.

  • 0

    sensei258

    Pop star Selena Gomez said she canceled her world tour last year and went to therapy because she was depressed, anxious and “my self-esteem was shot.”

    That's what you get for "dating" Justin Bieber

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