Selena Gomez says social media break was ‘most rewarding gift’ to herself while admitting she gets ‘mouthy’ to ‘defend people I love’

Selena Gomez got candid about her break from social media and revealed that it had been the ‘most rewarding gift’ to herself.

The Love On songstress, 31 – who recently put on a radiant display while arriving to the Only Murders In The Building set – opened up about the topic during the Time 100 Summit on Wednesday in NYC.

The star – who had let her team run her account for around four years – notably has taken breaks from the app, including a short hiatus earlier this year in January.

Selena Gomez, 31, got candid about her break from social media and revealed that it had been the 'most rewarding gift' to herself

‘Well, I took four years off of Instagram, and I let my team post for me for those years,’ she explained, per Time. ‘I felt like it was the most rewarding gift I gave myself.’

Gomez added, ‘I think people, especially young kids, it’s – you’re sitting there so focused on what looks wonderful when everything that’s meant to be wonderful to you is not from here.’

'Well, I took four years off of Instagram, and I let my team post for me for those years,' she explained, per Time. 'I felt like it was the most rewarding gift I gave myself'; seen on Wednesday at Time 100 Summit in NYC

The actress explained that amidst her social media break, she had been ‘more present’ and ‘happier.’

‘I would actually get real phone calls about people telling me about their story, and I could actually hear it instead of going, “Oh, I already know what you did today.” It’s, like, more human.’

Now that she is back to running her own Instagram account, the star discussed why it could be ‘frustrating’ at times.

‘I just – I find it frustrating and then I get a little mouthy, and I wanna defend people I love,’ Selena admitted during the panel discussion.

In regards to social media, the Single Soon hitmaker expressed that, ‘it’s important to take breaks. So I try to…I don’t really pay much attention. I’ll just do things here and there.’

Earlier this year in January, Gomez notably announced that she would be taking a break from Instagram.

At the time, she uploaded a reel of boyfriend Benny Blanco playing with two younger children. In text added towards the bottom, she penned, ‘I’m off social for a while. I’m focusing on what really matters.’

The announcement took place amidst Golden Globes drama involving Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner and also Timothee Chalamet.

'I just - I find it frustrating and then I get a little mouthy, and I wanna defend people I love,' Selena admitted during the panel discussion (seen above)

Earlier this year in January, Gomez notably announced that she would be taking a break from Instagram

Speculation arose that Jenner and Chalamet had denied taking a photo with Selena, which she denied in the comment section of an E! News post. 'Noooooo I told Taylor about two of my friends who hooked up. Not that that's anyone's business'

However, one day after she announced she would taking a break from social media, she returned to Instagram to promote a cooking video with Gordon Ramsey

During the ceremony, Selena had approached pal Swift and said a few words to her, and social media users quickly began to theorize the conversation.

Speculation arose that Jenner and Chalamet had denied taking a photo with Selena, which she denied in the comment section of an E! News post. ‘Noooooo I told Taylor about two of my friends who hooked up. Not that that’s anyone’s business.’

However, one day after she announced she would taking a break from social media, she returned to Instagram to promote a cooking video with Gordon Ramsey.

And last year in October, the actress explained that she was taking another break amid the Israel and Palestine conflict.

Taking to her Instagram stories, she wrote at the time, ‘I’ve been taking a break from social media because my heart breaks to see all the horror, hate, violence and terror that’s going on in the world.’

‘People being tortured and killed or any act of hate towards any one group is horrific. We need to protect ALL people, especially children and stop the violence for good.’

She added, ‘I’m sorry if my words will never be enough for everyone or a hashtag. I just can’t stand by innocent people getting hurt.’

‘That’s what makes me sick. I wish I could change the world. But a post won’t. Love, Selena,’ the star concluded.

And last year in October, the actress explained that she was taking another break amid the Israel and Palestine conflict

The Hulu series also stars Steve Martin and Martin Short and is currently in the midst of filming its fourth season

The following month in November, the singer returned to promote her own cooking series titled, Selena + Chef.

Aside from making an appearance at the 2024 Time 100 Summit, Gomez was also spotted on Wednesday on set of Only Murders In The Building in New York City.

She turned heads wearing a vibrant, yellow sweater as well as a pair of brown, plaid trousers. The star completed the look by slipping into a pair of sleek, brown boots that were secured with laces.

The Hulu series also stars Steve Martin and Martin Short and is currently in the midst of filming its fourth season.

Earlier this week on Monday, both Selena and Benny Blanco were seen cozying up together at the New York Knicks game that took place at Madison Square Garden.

The actress went public with her budding romance with the record producer late last year in December 2023 – although at the time, the pair had already been dating for six months.

However, both Selena and Benny have collaborated in the past before striking up a romance.

On her 2015 track, Same Old Love, he was notably one of the producers and they also reunited for the song I Can’t Get Enough in 2019.

In February, Selena commented on the romance while talking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1. ‘Without getting into too much detail, I think it’s just really important to meet someone that respects you.

Earlier this week on Monday, both Selena and Benny Blanco were seen cozying up together at the New York Knicks game that took place at Madison Square Garden

During a recent interview with WSJ. Magazine, the record producer explained that he was 'the last one to know' he was in love with Gomez

‘And I think it’s really nice to also lean on someone who understands the world that I live in,’ she continued.

‘I’d have to say overall, it’s the safest that I feel and it’s been really lovely. I’ve only grown through it, so it’s awesome.’

During a recent interview with WSJ. Magazine, the record producer explained that he was ‘the last one to know’ he was in love with Gomez.

‘It’s crazy how your partner could just be sitting there the whole time, right in front of your eyes, and you don’t even notice. And then you have that Clueless moment where you’re like, “Wait, I’m in love.”‘

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