Selena Gomez takes social media break after defending Taylor Swift as Hailey Bieber clip resurfaced

Selena Gomez has announced she is taking a break from social media after defending her ‘best friend’ Taylor Swift after old footage was unearthed of her being mocked by Hailey Bieber.

The 30-year-old most followed woman on Instagram took to TikTok Live on Thursday to reveal she is taking a sabbatical from the internet after receiving backlash for the perceived dig at the 26-year-old wife of Justin Bieber.

She said that she will not apologize for being who she is and is happy to be surrounded by the best friends and fans before making her declaration.

Selena said: ‘I’m gonna be taking a second from social media cause this is a little silly and I’m 30. I’m too old for this.

‘But I love you guys so much and I will see you guys sooner than later. I’m just going to have to take a break from everything.’

Hiatus: Selena Gomez has announced she is taking a break from social media

Hiatus: Selena Gomez has announced she is taking a break from social media

Loyal: This came after the 30-year-old star defended her 'best friend' Taylor Swift after old footage was unearthed of her being mocked by Hailey Bieber; Selena and Taylor are pictured in 2016

Loyal: This came after the 30-year-old star defended her ‘best friend’ Taylor Swift after old footage was unearthed of her being mocked by Hailey Bieber; Selena and Taylor are pictured in 2016

'Mean girl': The throwback clip showed Hailey and Method Man, who used to co-host the show Drop The Mic, taking aim at Taylor's score-settling songs

Barbed: Method Man teased a 'rap battle full of the meanest lyrics about a celebrity since Taylor Swift's last album,' prompting Hailey to mime making herself vomit

‘Mean girl’: The throwback clip showed Hailey and Method Man, who used to co-host the show Drop The Mic, taking aim at Taylor’s score-settling songs

Adding fuel to the fire: Selena leapt into the TikTok comments to write: 'Sorry, my best friend is and continues to be one of the best in the game'

Adding fuel to the fire: Selena leapt into the TikTok comments to write: ‘Sorry, my best friend is and continues to be one of the best in the game’

Following her Live, Selena deactivated her TikTok account. However, her Instagram account remains active. 

The drama began early on Thursday when a clip was unearthed showing Hailey and Method Man, who used to co-host the show Drop The Mic, taking aim at Taylor’s score-settling songs.

Method Man teased a ‘rap battle full of the meanest lyrics about a celebrity since Taylor Swift’s last album,’ prompting Hailey to mime making herself vomit.

A TikTok account posted the video and wrote: ‘This is REAL Hailey “Bieber,”‘ denouncing Hailey as a ‘bully’ and a ‘mean girl.’ 

Adding fuel to the fire, Selena, 30, leapt into the TikTok comments to write: ‘Sorry, my best friend is and continues to be one of the best in the game.’

Taylor and Selena have been friends since 2008, when they were both teen stars dating two different Jonas Brothers.

In the intervening years Selena had a longtime on-off romance with Justin Bieber, who went on to marry Hailey in 2018.

Although Selena fans have relentlessly trolled Hailey on social media, the two women have denied that there is any bad blood between them.

Interesting: The 30-year-old most followed woman on Instagram took to TikTok Live on Thursday to reveal she is taking a sabbatical from the internet after receiving backlash for the perceived dig at the 26-year-old wife of Justin Bieber

Interesting: The 30-year-old most followed woman on Instagram took to TikTok Live on Thursday to reveal she is taking a sabbatical from the internet after receiving backlash for the perceived dig at the 26-year-old wife of Justin Bieber

Grateful: She said that she will not apologize for being who she is and is happy to be surrounded by the best friends and fans before making her declaration

Grateful: She said that she will not apologize for being who she is and is happy to be surrounded by the best friends and fans before making her declaration

Selena said: 'I'm gonna be taking a second from social media cause this is a little silly and I¿m 30. I¿m too old for this'

Selena said: ‘I’m gonna be taking a second from social media cause this is a little silly and I’m 30. I’m too old for this’

She concluded: 'But I love you guys so much and I will see you guys sooner than later. I'm just going to have to take a break from everything'

She concluded: ‘But I love you guys so much and I will see you guys sooner than later. I’m just going to have to take a break from everything’

They even went viral last October when they cuddled up to one another for the cameras at the Academy Museum gala in Los Angeles. 

In a subsequent interview with Vulture, Selena said the snaps with Hailey were ‘not a big deal’ and added: ‘It’s not even a thing.’ 

Hailey had already previously indicated on the Call Her Daddy podcast that her equation with Selena was ‘all respect’ – and during the same interview she staunchly denied that Justin had cheated on Selena with her. 

Selena and Justin were teenage sweethearts but underwent their last breakup in 2018, months before he had a courthouse marriage to Hailey.

The month after Justin married Hailey, Selena reportedly suffered a breakdown connected to her lupus and entered treatment for her mental health.

Having a ball: Taylor and Selena have been friends since 2008 and are pictured last July celebrating the latter's 30th birthday together

Having a ball: Taylor and Selena have been friends since 2008 and are pictured last July celebrating the latter’s 30th birthday together

Glamming up: Taylor and Selena are pictured amplifying the megawatt glamour of the Grammys red carpet at Los Angeles' Staples Center in 2016

Glamming up: Taylor and Selena are pictured amplifying the megawatt glamour of the Grammys red carpet at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in 2016

'Not a big deal': Selena previously indicated that there was no bad blood between her and Hailey, whom she cuddled up to for the cameras at the Academy Museum gala in October

‘Not a big deal’: Selena previously indicated that there was no bad blood between her and Hailey, whom she cuddled up to for the cameras at the Academy Museum gala in October

A day after news broke of Selena’s alleged breakdown, Justin was spotted looking anguished as he sat in his car beside Hailey.

Hailey has received blowback from diehard Selena fans throughout her relationship with Justin, whom she has now been married to for over four years.

When Justin and Hailey attended the Americana-themed Met Gala together in September 2021, onlookers chanted ‘Selena!’ at them. 

Hailey’s cousin Ireland claimed that the couple were unfazed by the jeering Selena fans, writing on social media: ‘They’re one of the happiest and most in love couples I’ve ever gotten the chance to be around. They don’t care about them.’

Back in 2020 Justin shared a social media post by a Selena fan who encouraged others to flood Hailey’s livestream with remarks that ‘Jelena was better.’

‘It is extremely hard to choose the high road when I see people like this try and rally to gather people to bully the person I love the most in this world,’ Justin wrote. 

Hailey became so exasperated that this April she posted a TikTok begging the trolls who are ‘in my comments every single time I post’ to ‘leave me alone, please.’

Possibly referring to how long ago Justin and Selena broke up, she added: ‘Enough time has gone by where it’s valid to leave me alone. I beg of you, truly.’

As seen in 2009: Selena and Justin Bieber were teenage sweethearts but underwent their last breakup in 2018, months before he had a courthouse marriage to Hailey

As seen in 2009: Selena and Justin Bieber were teenage sweethearts but underwent their last breakup in 2018, months before he had a courthouse marriage to Hailey 

Ups and downs: The duo, who apparently became a couple in 2010 after being introduced by their managers, are pictured at the ESPY Awards in 2011

Ups and downs: The duo, who apparently became a couple in 2010 after being introduced by their managers, are pictured at the ESPY Awards in 2011

Remember when: When Justin and Hailey attended the Americana-themed Met Gala together in September 2021, onlookers chanted 'Selena!' at them

Remember when: When Justin and Hailey attended the Americana-themed Met Gala together in September 2021, onlookers chanted ‘Selena!’ at them

Meanwhile a TikTok user named  @essymakingsounds made Selena ‘cry’ on Wednesday with a sweet post as they said: ‘Does anybody just feel really bad for Selena Gomez? Like can you imagine going through a breakup so publicly with a guy who you were in love with for seven years and then like two months later he just marries someone.

‘And then you have a chronic illness or an autoimmune disease — I can’t imagine that it’s fun. Living with that and the flareups in the public eye while people are watching you. And then dealing with mental health when life is hard enough already. 

‘Kudos to her for being so brave and so public and so open about her journey. But I bet if we ever walked a day in her shoes — where everything is so publicized — that would be so hard. So whenever I think about a hard day, I think about Selena Gomez. I feel bad saying that but if she can do it then everybody can.’

The message was certainly received as Selena replied in the comments: ‘That comment made me cry. Thank you!’

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