Hailey Bieber Slams Social Media As 'Breeding Ground For Cruelty'
The model wrote a lengthy Instagram post on Saturday telling her 24 million followers "it hurts to be torn apart on the internet".
Hailey Bieber, the wife of pop singer Justin, described herself as an empath who "feels so very, very deeply" and said her need to connect with people leaves her open to public criticism.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of incessant online trolling since marrying Justin Bieber, 25, in 2018.
"I do my best to expose my heart which means I love freely and I empathise deeply, and because of that I also hurt very easily when I feel like people don’t see my heart and see me for who I am," she said.
"The reason I’m even sharing this, is because Instagram, Twitter etc is SUCH a breeding ground for cruelty towards each other [and] people don’t take the time to connect on an honest level before they resort to hatred."
She admitted it "hurts to be torn apart on the Internet" and listed examples like being called names and being made to feel she doesn't meet fans' standards.
"It weighs often on my heart and it’s important to be honest about how these things affect us mentally and emotionally. Hopefully it speaks to someone struggling with the same," she finished.
Hailey's fans flooded her comments section with positive feedback, including fellow model Leomie Anderson who wrote: "People needed to read this."
Models Dev Windsor and Jourdan Dunn, Kris Jenner and celebrity manager Scooter Braun also sent their messages of support.
Hailey and Justin were engaged in July 2018 and revealed they tied the knot in November that year. They had a second ceremony in September 2019.
Back in December 2018, Hailey posted messages on Instagram about the negative energy she found on social media.
“Being off of Instagram is the best thing ever,” she wrote.
“Whenever I take breaks from it, I feel so much better, so much happy as a person. The second I come back on I get immediate anxiety, I get sad and I get worked up.”
She went on to explain that, despite the fact Instagram can be “incredible,” the app also comes with a negativity that “screams so loud”.
In a separate interview that month, Hailey revealed bullying from Justin's fans regarding their marriage had taken a toll on her mental health.
"It's hard to focus on your well being and mental health when each time you open Instagram someone is tearing apart your job, or your relationship or essentially any of the things in your life that are positive," she said.
"I just don't believe we're called to live a life where we're so easily caught up in strangers opinions on something they have NOTHING to do with."