Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have known each other and been friends since they were seven years old and appeared on the children’s TV show Barney & Friends together. Their mothers, both single parents at the time, even moved in together to share expenses and so for a time, the girls were basically raised like sisters. They’ve both met their own success since then (obviously) but the road has been a bit rockier for Demi, particularly recently, of course due to her tragic overdose. Selena has, for all intents and purposes, gone dark. The most followed person on Instagram doesn’t even have the app on her phone anymore. Gomez checks her account and posts from her friend’s phone whenever she wants to update.
“I’m not on the internet,” Gomez explains to Elle magazine in her latest cover interview. “I haven’t been on the internet in months. I don’t have my password for Instagram. I have no apps on my phone, no photo editing apps. I have Peak, a brain game.”
It’s understandable. Gomez gets stalked by paparazzi wherever she goes in Los Angeles (one of the reasons she recently sold both of her LA homes and moved to Orange County) and she can’t seem to escape the endless questions about her years-long on-again off-again romance with Justin Bieber, who is currently engaged to Hailey Baldwin after a whirlwind romance. So rather than live her life in the made-up world of Internet fandom, she’s unplugged. She’s 26 years old and she is offline.
“I know my voice is very prominent, but I’m not careless with it. I’m selective. As far as my personal life, someone sees me having a glass of wine? I could give two shits. I’m not trying to hide. That’s my life. I’m living it the way I want to live it. But it’s about making a conscious effort—if I can have a moment to be with my friends, I’ll take that time. So I don’t have any of it. I had to make that decision.”
After the news broke that Demi Lovato, had suffered an overdose, the stalkerazzi snapped a photo of Gomez looking understandably upset. Six days after the overdose. Lovato was still in the hospital due to complications from her OD and Gomez was clearly devastated. The second she started to address the situation, she got emotional, telling Elle, “All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I…I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So…it’s…that’s what I’ll say.”
Fingers crossed that both of these ladies are able to help each other out as they navigate the landmines of their 20s and come out on the other side stronger and more confident than ever before.