Over the weekend, Selena Gomez took to Instagram Live with Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama’s Surgeon General, to discuss chronic loneliness as part of the Mental Health Social Summit of her rare beauty for the World Mental Health Day. Gomez spoke candidly to Dr Murthy about her own difficulty coping with quarantine and the isolation it imposed on everyone for the past six months and more, saying she had first been through ” a little depression ”.
“I would say I’m a big extrovert so I understand it’s a bit more difficult,” Gomez began after asking Dr. Murthy if the experience is different for extroverted people compared to introverted people. “Or at least I can feel it because my other [introverted] friend feels what you explain as peaceful and has time to process. and I’m like, ‘I need talk to someone! I need do something! ‘So I really understand. “
Gomez then admitted that “at first I couldn’t handle it [quarantine] so good. I kind of went into a depression. And then I started to walk into a place where I was really writing and being active. And then I guess it forced me to have that time. And once again, I got to spend more time with these great people than ever before. And spending a lot more time with my family, and I almost feel like I am normalizing myself in this situation which is not normal. “
“But yeah, I mean, my job is to travel, to connect with people, to make people happy, and that makes me happy, so it’s been a struggle,” she continued. “I think I even posted on my Instagram where I was crying, telling everyone who followed me how much I missed them. [that it’s been difficult]. Slowly towards the end I found that the things I was doing were coming out and it was something extremely exciting for me. I’ve worked on personal things like a beauty product line that has – our goal is to hit $ 100 million in 10 years for mental health. And we have all these different things, which has kept me busy. And recently, I got to get into the studio, so I would say right away, I’m completely going out again. I just think I had handled it the way I should, and I went through it with the right people, doing the right things and taking the right steps not to drive myself crazy. “
Gomez then opened up about her relationship with social media and why she hasn’t had apps on her phone for years. “Well it took me years to really work on myself for this [to get to a better place] so sometimes technology gets blamed for that, “she began.” I talk a lot about technology. Personally, for two years, I haven’t had any social media on my phone. Although I use the platform, I make sure to approve and write down the things I want to write, but I don’t watch it and it’s not on my phone, so I firmly believe that there’s something about social media and their technology that’s being blamed for the increases. in loneliness and disconnection. I’m pretty excited about the subject. “
She asked Dr Murthy for his take on the matter, and he said that it really matters why people are posting – seeking validation versus just having a moment of genuine expression.
“I agree,” Gomez said. “I appreciate what you said about this because I’ve been so anti-social media, maybe too far just because of course the social media input on my side was about my personal life and so on. was used to say these things and I just felt like everyday I woke up and I was like, ‘Why am I doing this? For example, if I constantly do things wrong or they think I am that sale, fake, not real, not genuine, who is every part of my being, these words hurt me and they add nothing to my life. And the truth is, these are lies. That’s how I handled it by saying it, you know what? I’m going to get through this because it doesn’t help me at all. “
You can watch their full discussion below:
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