“I think one of the biggest things I struggled with for sure was the comparison aspect.”
Hailey Bieber just revealed some of the reasons she chose to delete her Twitter account, explaining in a discussion about the negative sides of social media that comparisons over her body and looks was part of the decision.
Speaking to psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Clemons in a recent video uploaded to her YouTube channel, Hailey opened up about the intense trolling and criticism she’s received in the past, noting that it got worse after her wedding to Justin Bieber in 2018.
“After getting married especially, it really opened me up to this new kind of level of attention,” the 24-year-old said. “I think one of the biggest things I struggled with for sure was the comparison aspect of body comparison, looks comparison, behaviour comparison.”
“I think when you’re going through a situation where you just have so many people hounding you with the same thing over and over and over again, it starts to mess with your mind and then you start to question everything,” she continued.
“You’re like, ‘Is there something that I’m not seeing that they see? Maybe they’re right.’ It got to such a low point for me that I was like, ‘Honestly, maybe I’m delusional.’ It’s like separating two realities essentially.”
Hailey went on to say that she had put certain measures in place to minimize her time spent online — such as not using Instagram on weekdays — and had deleted Twitter entirely because of its “very toxic environment”.
Although Hailey didn’t explicitly name the people she was being compared to, the timeline of “the last two and a half years” appears to be in reference to Selena Gomez, with both women being compared time and time again and pitted against each other because of their relationships with Justin.
In fact, things got so bad that Justin, Hailey and Selena all spoke out at various points about the comments they were receiving online during this time period and asked fans to be kind.
In one instance, a fan told people to “go after” Hailey during a planned Instagram Live and “fucking bombard” her with comments about how “Selena is better”.
After seeing the video, Justin called the fan a “sad excuse of a human” and revealed the couple were receiving similar comments on a daily basis.
Hailey also responded to the video, saying that the “level of anger and hate” was “shockingly unhealthy and sad”. She went on: “I want only to support, uplift and encourage other women in this industry and wish them nothing but love and success.”
And when Selena released her acclaimed song “Lose You to Love Me” — which many thought was inspired by her relationship with Justin — she also asked fans not to tear other women down.
“I am grateful for the response that the song is getting. I’m so grateful,” she said at the time. “However, I do not stand for women tearing women down and I will never, ever be by that.”
She added: “Please be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter what the situation is; if you’re my fans, don’t be rude to anybody, please. Don’t go off and say things that you just feel in the moment.”
You can watch Hailey’s full video with Dr. Jessica Clemons here.