Selena Gomez has been making a dramatic comeback after taking a career hiatus for her health. Now, in a new interview, the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” songstress shared why she stopped using her cell phone during that hiatus, how she felt prior to making the decision to take a break, and how she has changed.
Selena revealed that she did not use her phone “at all during her 90-day hiatus, which included a stay in rehab for depression and anxiety due to her battle with lupus,” reported Hollywood Life. The pop princess also gushed about how she felt without her phone.
“I recently took 90 days off. During that time I did not have my cell phone. It was the most refreshing, calming, rejuvenating feeling.”
Since her time off, Selena revealed that she “rarely” picks up her phone. And she’s even cut down on how many calls she receives.
“Only limited people have access to me,” added the songstress.
Prior to taking her hiatus, Gomez admits that she was feeling “burned out” and stated that she needed that break “to take care of myself.” Noting that her hiatus included a break from social media, Hollywood Life pointed out that ever since her American Music Awards comeback, the pop princess has begun to “trickle back onto social media.”
But in the future, Selena just might vanish from social media.
“I’m utilizing social media right now because of my age and because, to be honest, everybody else in the world was talking about me, so I wanted a f—ing say,” she said in a previous interview with W magazine. “In a few years. I’ll give all of it up.”
For those curious about whether her on again, off again boyfriend Justin Bieber might be on the list of “limited people” who now have access to Selena, in September, Us Weekly reported that she had “cut off” contact from Justin, telling readers the alleged reason.
“Gomez is tired of being hung up on Justin Bieber.”
The 24-year-old “Same Old Love” songstress and Bieber, 22, began their roller-coaster romantic relationship in 2011. But she allegedly decided to take a drastic step to prevent him from contacting her.
“[Selena] changed her phone number,” an insider told Us Weekly. “She told everyone not to give it to [Justin].”
The source also revealed that Bieber continues to have an effect on the pop princess.
“She can be fragile emotionally and Justin is a major factor.”
Since canceling the rest of her Revival tour to focus on her “mental health,” including “lupus-related anxiety,” Gomez has been open about why she took a break, revealing in a statement that she decided to take time off to cope with “panic attacks and depression.”
However, following the cancellation of the songstress’ tour, Life & Style reported in September that she was “calling 2016 one of the worst years of her life, and Justin Bieber is to blame.”
Noting that the “Hands To Myself” singer had canceled the rest of her Revival World Tour “to focus on her health,” the media outlet cited sources’ allegations that she felt “backed into a corner” by the Biebs. The photos circulating during Justin’s romance with Sofia Richie were “really hard for her,” explained one of the insiders.
“She saw Justin looking so happy and that really sent her into a downward spiral.”
However, now that her hiatus is over, life has reportedly changed for Selena.
Gomez “made some changes after taking a self-imposed hiatus for three months,” reported E News.
The songstress revealed those changes and also shared the last time that she was feeling “burned out” as part of her participation in Thrive Global‘s questionnaire.
“Three months ago, before I took a hiatus to take care of myself,” she admitted.
As for that 90-day break from using her cell phone, E News noted that she has “reassessed the people she surrounds herself with, as well as what she needs and doesn’t need in life,” and that includes learning to cut down on her cell phone usage.
Her morning routine has become simple.
“Drink water, stretch and take a deep breath.”
At the 2016 American Music Awards (AMAs), Selena also shared how she has grown emotionally. It marked her first public appearance since her hiatus. During her speech, the songstress referred to her 2014 appearance at that award show, when she “began to cry while singing ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ as her relationship with Justin Bieber was falling apart,” noted E News.
“In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically 100 percent honest with all of you,” she said, referring to that tearful performance in the past. “I had to stop. Because I had everything. And I was absolutely broken inside.”
Now, however, she has learned that “if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”
And in her Thrive Global responses, Selena also shared a quote that provides her with strength during challenges.
“You are not what happened to you, you are what you chose to become after what happened to you.”
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