Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez announced on Monday, Oct. 30, that she is currently on a break from social media. The hiatus is due to recent current events, she explained in an Instagram story. “My heart breaks to see all the horror, hate, violence and terror that’s going on in the world,” she said.
“People being tortured and killed or any act of hate towards any one group is horrific,” she continued. “We need to protect ALL people, especially children and stop the violence for good. 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.”
In a follow-up story, she shared an old photo of her younger sister, and wrote, “Having a sister, everyday has made me tragically sick. I would do anything for children and innocent lives.”
Gomez has been outspoken about her own mental health journey and the importance of mental health advocacy in recent years. On World Mental Health Day, Sephora pledged to donate all proceeds from the sale of Rare Beauty products to the Rare Impact Fund, an integral piece of Gomez’s commitment to addressing mental health.
The Texas native hasn’t posted anything to her main Instagram feed since announcing Sephora’s pledge to donate proceeds to her initiative on Oct. 10, a few days after the conflict in the Middle East sparked.