Selena Gomez, the American singer and actress, has recently received a lot of backlash for taking frequent breaks from social media. His mother, Mandy Teefey, defended him in an interview.
The 31-year-old pop star has spoken openly about her mental health and how the presence of social media has affected her life. Internet users have often made fun of Selena Gomez for her unscheduled breaks which usually don’t last long. On Thursday, September 8, 2024, Teefy told Elite Daily:
“That’s just all she needs during this time. I can go a week without looking at social media, and then I’ll go and try to catch up. But that’s just how much time Selena has need, she gives it to him.”
Selena’s father, Ricardo Joel Gomez, and her mother, Mandy Teefy, were teenagers when Selena was born on July 22, 1992. They eventually split a few years later, according to People.
Selena Gomez’s Mom Mandy Teefy Defends Her Frequent Social Media Breaks
Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefy, interviewed Elite Daily to talk about Wondermind, the mental health network she co-founded with the pop singer in 2022. The project aims to destigmatize mental health and provide easy access to resources to those who need them. She also opened up about her daughter’s social media breaks, according to Buzzfeed.
Mandy said Selena Gomez didn’t set specific boundaries or make promises about how long each of her breaks would last. The singer frequently takes time off when she needs it. Teefy advised his fans to sometimes delete or suspend their social media accounts as well, according to the New York Post. This can help followers ground themselves in reality. She says,
“You’re more comfortable in your world and you’re living in the moment. It’s so much more peaceful.”
Selena Gomez’s mother then shared how she experienced the mental health episodes or days with her daughter when they deteriorated. Teefy said the singer was spending time with her family after logging off from social media. She added,
“We get together and plan a movie day; we cook food and we relax and hang out. Then we all end up falling asleep.”
In 2022, Gomez said Hello America that after taking a nearly 5-year break from being online, she mentally felt the best she had ever had, according to Page Six. She explained,
“It has completely changed my life. I’m happier, I’m more present, I connect with people more. I understand how powerful the Internet is, and in many ways it has made the best things for the world But for me, I get access to my news that’s really important because of the people in my life.”
Most recently, the actress went on hiatus after going viral for having an alleged conversation about Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner with Taylor Swift and Miles Teller’s wife Keleigh Sperry at the 2024 Golden Globes.
At the time, netizens thought Selena Gomez was talking about an awkward interaction with her. A rainy day in New York co-star Timothée, according to a lip reader, according to Page Six. Jeremy Freeman, the lip-reading expert, said that in the video, Selena allegedly said:
“He didn’t want a photo with me. He said no.”
Sperry looked stunned as she seemingly asked, “Timothy? and Gomez then nodded. The singer denied the rumors and commented to E! Press article saying:
“No, I told Taylor about two friends of mine hooking up. It’s none of anyone’s business.”
However, she took to her Instagram Story a few days after the conversation and explained that she was leaving social media again to focus on “what really matters.” However, according to People, Selena Gomez is active on her social media and dating songwriter Benny Blanco.