Selena Gomez's mother, Mandy Teefey, has defended her daughter's decision to take breaks from social media, following the backlash she has received. "It's just whatever she needs for that time period," Teefey told Elite Daily, explaining that Gomez determines the length of her social media hiatuses. Teefey, who co-founded the mental health network Wondermind with Gomez, emphasized the importance of prioritizing mental health and providing easy access to resources.
Gomez has been transparent about the negative impact that frequent social media use has on her mental well-being. In 2022, she revealed on "Good Morning America" that she felt the best she had ever felt mentally after taking a five-year break from being online. She expressed that stepping away from social media allowed her to be happier, more present, and to have more meaningful connections with people. She acknowledged the power of the internet but preferred to get her important news from the people in her life.
Over the years, Gomez has taken several breaks from social media. Most recently, she took a hiatus after a viral video showed her having a lively conversation with Taylor Swift and Miles Teller's wife, Keleigh Sperry, at the 2024 Golden Globes. Fans speculated that the conversation involved an awkward interaction with her co-star Timothée Chalamet and his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, which was later confirmed by a lip reader. However, a source close to Gomez denied that she had even encountered Chalamet or Jenner at the event. Gomez then announced on her Instagram Story that she was stepping away from social media to focus on what truly matters.
This is not the first time Gomez has taken a break from social media. Nearly a year ago, she went offline after drama unfolded with Jenner and Hailey Bieber. In a TikTok makeup tutorial comment, she asked her fans to be kinder online and expressed her desire for good vibes and well-being for everyone.
Gomez's decision to prioritize her mental health and take breaks from social media is a personal choice that she makes to ensure her well-being. Her mother supports her decisions, emphasizing the importance of self-care and mental health awareness. Despite the backlash she receives, Gomez remains committed to taking care of herself and encourages others to prioritize their mental well-being as well.