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Selena Gomez on Social Media: ‘You’re Worth More Than an Instagram Like’

Selena Gomez and Coach Surprise Step Up Teens at LA High Schools
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Selena Gomez commands one of the biggest platforms in the world, especially among teenagers — she’s the most-followed person on Instagram, after all — and she’s hoping to use her position in the spotlight to empower her impressionable fanbase.

During a Today segment, the Revival singer visited a L.A. high school to meet young girls involved in the Step Up organization, a youth empowerment program, as part of her work as a Coach ambassador.

While speaking to the group, the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” pop princess, who took off time in 2016 to deal with depression and anxiety issues brought on by lupus, opened up about opening up in the public eye — which she says is something that wasn’t exactly her decision.

“I didn’t really have a choice. I think a lot of people saw my life, whether I liked it or not. I had two options: either I would succumb to what everyone was saying or assuming, or I could take that opportunity to be vulnerable with my specific audience, which is the people who’ve been with me since the beginning, and I think that’s what I chose to do.”

As a result, Selena’s using her platform to instill some self-confidence in her devoted following.

“I just hope they know that they’re worth more than an Instagram like, and they’re worth more than a comment on any other social platform,” she says of young girls stressing out over social media.

As for SelGo herself? She’s enjoying her less-is-more approach to sharing on social.

“I’m actually enjoying finding moments for myself, whether I’m in the studio and I’ve been in the studio for a week straight, and I haven’t said anything about it….I like having a little mystery to where I’m at. I think that makes me feel very empowered and very in control of where I’m at. I’m also taking time to have a personal life, so I’m enjoying mixing that because I’ve always been kind of straight work. Now it’s just taking my time.”

Watch Selena’s full Today segment below.

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