Hailey Baldwin is responding to criticism over her new marriage to Justin Bieber. The model took to her Instagram stories (after a six day posting hiatus) to address the anxiety she feels as a result of using social media.
In purple font on a black background, Baldwin wrote:
“Being off Instagram is the best thing ever. Whenever I take breaks form it I feel so much better so much [happier] as a person…the second I come back on I get immediate anxiety, I get sad and I get worked up. Please don’t get me wrong Instagram is an incredible tool and great way to stay in touch and interact with others. But the negativity screams so loud. 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. 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. We need to take a step back and realize we need to express more love and encouragement to one another instead of consistently tearing people down and judging. And I won’t let people make me feel like I’m doing something wrong by enjoying my life being happy. This world has enough hatred, hurt and pain as it is, the last thing we need is more negativity, hate and division.”
Baldwin and Bieber have both been receiving criticism for their marriage in the comments of their Instagram posts lately. Jelena-shippers blame Bieber for Selena Gomez’s October hospitalization, while comments in Baldwin’s feed are generally negative, accusing her of being naive for rushing into a marriage at a young age.