Selena Gomez, the actress-singer, revealed on Monday that she has been taking a break from social media platforms in order to protect her mental well-being. In an Instagram Stories post, the 31-year-old expressed her disheartenment over the violence and terror happening in the world. Gomez emphasized the importance of protecting all people, especially children, and calling for an end to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Gomez confessed that she feels powerless to change the world through a mere social media post, stating that her words may never be enough for everyone. However, she continues to raise awareness about issues that deeply affect her, including the ongoing war. The grand prairie native also opened up about her sensitivity regarding the topic, mentioning her young sister, Gracie Elliott Teefey, and how it tragically affects her.
This recent decision to stay off social media aligns with Gomez's previous choice in taking a break from online platforms. Last year, she entrusted her assistant to run her social media accounts, which she claimed to be a life-changing decision for the better. Gomez affirmed that staying offline has brought her happiness, presence, and deeper connections with people.
While Gomez has chosen to disengage from social media, her stance on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas comes at a time when Hollywood celebrities' reactions have been divided. The supermodel, Bella Hadid, and other celebrities, such as Jennifer Aniston and Gal Gadot, have publicly expressed their support for either Israel or Palestine, sparking passionate discussions and sometimes even threats.
Meanwhile, Gomez's ex, Justin Bieber, faced criticism after posting an inaccurate image praying for Israel amid the conflict, which he later corrected. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has also joined the conversation, issuing a statement advocating for a ceasefire in the area.
As Selena Gomez continues to stay offline, her decision to distance herself from social media highlights the impact of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas on public figures. While some celebrities actively take a stand, Gomez prefers to emphasize the need for protection and violence reduction for all people, particularly children, during these troubling times.