Just days before Camila Cabello officially left Fifth Harmony, she spoke to Lena Dunham on the Girls star's podcast. In the discussion, Cabello covered everything from feeling that the group was prematurely sexualized to her take on social media. And though social media is crucial for promoting one's work and the celeb-fan relationship (and therefore the star's brand), everyone knows just how much of a double-edged sword that can be. Which is exactly why Cabello's social media strategy makes so much sense.
"Even though I tweet and I go on social media and I post, I don't go on it as much as I used to because I'm a Pisces and I'm too sensitive for that," the "Bad Things" singer explained. "If I see one comment, I'll just be thinking about it for a long time. I can't handle that. It's hard enough for anybody to figure out who they are ... it's hard to do that with a thousand opinions in your head."
Scream it from the rooftops, girl. Using social media to interact with fans and promote your projects and your brand is one thing. But no one should be subjected to hate and cyberbullying, which can so easily eff with your head and create a tremendous amount of insecurity, unnecessary anxiety, and genuinely warp your own self-esteem and keep you from seeing your worth as a human being. Why would anyone want to voluntarily subject themselves to that?
Cabello also added that she's made a point to take some time off from her socials this year, which has instead allowed her to spend more time thinking about her career moves and less time about hateful comments.
"The best decision that I've taken in my career thus far has been this year I've just stayed away from social media," she revealed. "I don't go on it, and I just keep myself focused on getting better and growing as an artist and finding different ways to grow as a person. It's just kept me grounded, and I don't have 1,000 people thinking that they didn't like my shoes."
It's advice that everyone can learn from, TBH. When you have literally millions of people's opinions flooding your feed (and getting into your head), the toll that can take on you is truly tremendous. How can you form your own opinions of yourself when the background noise of people's cyberbullying comments is defining? The answer is to take a step back. Take some time off. Realize your own worth away from the double-edged sword that is social media. Realize that your self-worth doesn't come from a favorite or a like or a positive comment (or a negative one).
We're just one more social platform away from living in a Black Mirror-like reality, so Camila Cabello's attitude towards social media is really the refreshing reminder we need right now.