Selena Gomez credits her improved mental health to one very unusual decision for a celebrity of her ilk—logging off the internet completely.
Though she may be one of the most-followed people on the planet, the singer told Good Morning America on Monday, “I haven’t been on the internet in four and a half years. It has changed my life completely.” She stopped by the morning show to discuss her new project Wondermind, a website that offers a collection of mental health resources. Gomez explained that she relies on her team to post on her behalf, although she does help out with assembling the content. Thanks to this setup, she says, “I am happier, I am more present, I connect more with people. It makes me feel normal.”
In a previous interview with Vogue from March of last year, the pop star said something very similar, explaining that she had been off the internet for three years at that point and would instead send photos and text to her assistant to post to Instagram and Twitter on her behalf. “Everyone always asks me, ‘Are you secretly on; are you lying?’ and I’m like, ‘I have no reason to lie,” she told the outlet, adding that she gets her news mostly from “an older woman that I’m really close with” and whose identity she prefers remain secret. “And I watch CNN, but I try not to do it too much, because I’m empathetic to the point that I’ll cry at anything. I cried a lot during quarantine, just for the pain of everyone else.”
Originally published in Vanityfair.com