Hailey Bieber opens up about being trolled: 'I've had to work a lot of this through with a therapist'

Hailey Bieber says a therapist has helped her deal with online harassment. (Photo: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)
Hailey Bieber says a therapist has helped her deal with online harassment. (Photo: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

Hailey Bieber is opening up about the toll trolls have taken on her mental health.

The model and spouse to Justin Bieber spoke to Londons Evening Standard newspaper about working with a therapist to help her deal with online harassment and gossip.

Ive had to work a lot of this through with a therapist, because it had got to a point where theyd [the trolls] gotten way too crazy for me, and I was really anxious all the time, the 24-year-old shares. The thing that bothers me the most is that a lot of people online really want me to be a not nice person. They expect me to be mean and they call me a bitch. Youve never even met me in person, you dont know me.

Much of the negative attention stems from her marriage to one of the worlds top pop stars. As the article notes, Bieber (ne Baldwin) was recently targeted by a fan of her husbands ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, prompting him to speak out against those who bully the person I love most in this world.

Justin Bieber has defended his wife from online attacks. (Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagic)
Justin Bieber has defended his wife from online attacks. (Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagic)

Bieber says she is working to tune out the vitriol.

I think its a matter of not feeding into them, Bieber, whose father is actor Stephen Baldwin, says. A lot of what social media is, is people projecting their own insecurities on to you. And people just lie. They make up all these crazy, weird lies that can be really disturbing for your own mental health.

She adds, Ive had to let go of the idea that I owe anybody. Ive gotten to the point where I just cant set all the records straight, because theres so much out there thats not true. Theres something new every single day, so Ive just learned to ignore it. You have to build up a wall between you and this false reality that is social media, and live with whats in front of you, which is work and your friends and your family.

Many people put these weird, false, high expectations on celebrities, which sets them up to fail, adds Bieber, who is critical of what she sees as cancel culture.

Im open about the fact that Im still growing as a person, she says. I wish people were more open to the idea of letting people learn, grow, make mistakes and move on. But we live in this cancel culture where people consistently say, You did this, so youre canceled. Its a very, very toxic mentality.

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