Gigi Hadid Is Taking a Social Media Hiatus for Her Mental Health
Her reason is one we've heard many times before: anxiety.
From election stress to troubling world events, many people are feeling really ready to welcome in 2017 like, ASAP. It seems that celebrities are going through tough times, too, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Kristen Bell opening up about what it's like to deal with depression and anxiety. The latest celeb to get real about the pressures of being in the spotlight? Gigi Hadid.
As one of the faces of Reebok's new #PerfectNever campaign, Hadid participated in a panel on Tuesday where she shared what it's like to deal with the stress and anxiety of being in the public eye (whoa...she also opened up about having Hashimoto's disease, which is a thyroid disease).
"I get anxiety before doing interviews right after something big happens. [I] feel almost suffocated by the world and the world's opinions," Hadid said during the panel. "Sometimes I have to literally sit myself down and be like, You are a good person. You go into everything you do with a good heart and with good intentions. And sometimes you have hard days, and sometimes people judge you for things that they're just guessing by seeing in a picture. 'Oh, she's a bad girlfriend because she wasn't smiling the second she walked out the door,' or she's this or she's that. You start to think that you're supposed to be perfect in all of these moments."
One of the ways Hadid plans to deal with her anxiety might sound familiar: a social media break. Last month, Kendall Jenner suspended her Instagram account briefly, citing a desire to "detox" from social media for a little bit. She'd been dealing with not only anxiety but also troubling related symptoms, like sleep paralysis, and just needed to take a break. Similarly, Selena Gomez disappeared from the spotlight for nearly three months to take a much-needed break after saying that she was dealing with majorly debilitating side effects from her lupus diagnosis-anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. During this time, she also didn't use any of her social accounts. Selena returned to public life in late November at the AMAs, where she gave an inspiring speech about her recovery. Here's to hoping Gigi has the same results.
So when can you expect Gigi to disappear from social? Not immediately, she says. "I'm gonna take a month off over New Year's. I'm not deleting my account, but I'm gonna take the apps off my phone. It's very healthy actually," she told the audience. Yup, we could all use a digital detox every now and then.
Below, check out a full video of the panel for yourself: