With 310 million Instagram followers and counting, Selena Gomez is one of the most followed people on the planet. And yet, she hasn’t signed up to the platform — or the web for nearly five years.
Coinciding with the launch of her mental health resource site wonder mindthe 29-year-old singer-actress came by Good morning America Monday (April 4) to talk about her mental wellness journey, which she says took a huge turn after she decided to part ways with social media† “I haven’t been on the internet for four and a half years,” she said GMA† “It has totally changed my life.”
She explained that while she helps her team put together her content, she herself isn’t the one to hit the post button. “I’m happier, I’m more present, I connect more with people,” she said of the set-up. “It makes me feel normal.”
Gomez has been open in the past about her struggles with being diagnosed with her bipolar disorder and her struggle with anxiety, which she says has only been made worse by living in the spotlight. Getting healthier meant finding ways to remove oneself from it as much as possible lifestyle† “I can’t believe I’m where I am mentally just because of the way I’ve taken the necessary steps to remove myself from that… because it’s just not normal,” Gomez said of fame.
Aimed at destigmatizing and democratizing mental health resources, Wondermind is the brainchild of Gomez, her mother Mandy Teefy, and businesswoman Daniella Pierson. The site offers a newsletter and promises the future arrival of a podcast, as well as psychological practices and tools that people can use to practice “mental fitness.”
“If I’m known for something, I hope it’s just for the way I care about people,” says the… Only murders in the building said star. “I really want people to be understood, seen and heard. Those days when I don’t want to get out of bed, when I had something like Wondermind – even if it took me a minute to get in – it’s just there, and there’s something very comforting about that.”
The “Lose You to Love Me” artist also spoke briefly about her feelings when she was in her thirties this year. “I couldn’t be happier to just step into this chapter — alone, independent, strong, confident,” she said. ‘That’s all I really want. I’m excited.”
Watch Selena Talk About Her Journey To Mental Health, Quitting Social Media And Launching Wondermind With GMA below: