'I'm really happy': Selena Gomez on her healthy relationship with social media

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The 29-year-old singer deleted apps like Instagram and Twitter from her phone three years ago and now only posts on the platforms by sending photos and captions to her assistant via text message, who then uploads the posts for her. 

Selena, who was once the most followed person on Instagram, says her new way of dealing with social media has helped "save [her] life".

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Speaking to WWD Magazine's Beauty Inc., she says, "I say that because that’s a huge, significant part of why I feel like I’ve been as healthy as I have been,” she continued. “I’m completely unaware of actually what’s going on in pop culture, and that makes me really happy. And maybe that doesn’t make everybody else happy, but for me, it’s really saved my life."

The Lose You To Love Me hitmaker chose to undergo her drastic social media cleanse after she felt it was uncontrollable to have her personal life spread out online. 

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"To be honest, I was just, like, 'This is too much information,'" she went on. "This is too much of my personal life spread out everywhere, and it just felt uncontrollable. I felt like my thoughts and everything I was consuming revolved around a million different other people in the world saying good things and bad things.

"And I just thought, 'Why would I — I don’t get anything from it. Nothing is giving me life.' And I just snapped, and I was over it.

Initially, Selena wanted to delete her social media accounts altogether but was convinced to keep them by her team.

"But I’m happy I didn’t [delete my accounts], because it is such a wonderful way to stay connected, and when I do go on, it makes me happy to know that I’m just being completely honest and being true to who I am," she adds.

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