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Social media made Selena Gomez feel she ‘wasn’t pretty enough’

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  • Selena Gomez opened up about how social media affected her mental health in a new interview with InStyle.
  • Gomez said in her early 20s she felt like she “wasn’t pretty enough” and ended up taking a break from social media.
  • Gomez, who has anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, has sought mental health therapy at four treatment centers and undergoes dialectical behavior therapy.

Actress and singer Selena Gomez opened up about how social media affected her mental health in her early 20s in a new interview with InStyle. 

“At one point Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous,” Gomez told the outlet. “In my early 20s, I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough.” 

She added, “There was a whole period in my life when I thought I needed makeup and never wanted to be seen without it. The older I got, the more I evolved and realized that I needed to take control of what I was feeling.” 


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Gomez, who has anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, has sought mental health therapy at four treatment centers and undergoes dialectical behavior therapy, a cognitive therapy that teaches mindfulness and how to manage painful or negative emotions. 

“Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I’ve ever made for my mental health,” Gomez said, adding, “And the unnecessary hate and comparisons went away once I put my phone down. I’ll have moments where that weird feeling will come back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself.” 


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