Hailey Bieber shared an emotional message on Friday, in which she was very open about her struggles with cyberbullying and her sensitivity to receiving hate on the Internet. The model begins the post, which includes a beautiful scenery photo of the bright blue ocean, by expressing how much she loves to connect with others.
“I would say my most favorite part of existing is human connection. I absolutely love connecting with other people, I love finding common interests between me and others, hearing people’s story, I love laughing with others, and I love crying with others. I feel so very very deeply. My heart explodes with happiness when my friends and family are happy and my heart feels crushed when they are hurting and sad,” Hailey wrote. She then explains why she decided to make this post, elaborating with, “The reason I say all of this is: because I love to connect, I do my best to expose my heart which means I love freely and I empathize deeply, and because of that I also hurt very easily when I feel like people don’t see my heart and see me for who I am and the reason I’m even sharing this, is because Instagram, Twitter etc is SUCH a breeding ground for cruelty towards each other, and because people don’t take the time to connect with each other on an honest level before they resort to hatred, it starts to damage what could be really beautiful human interaction and connection.” It’s definitely a lot to take in, but her main point seems to be that she is disheartened by how easily people on the Internet can tear others down instead of lifting them up, even calling social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter “a breeding ground for cruelty towards each other.”
Hailey then reminds everyone that despite her position as a celebrity and wife of a pop star, words still hurt. “I could sit here all day and say the hate doesn’t bug me, that the words that are said don’t affect me. But NEWS FLASH: it hurts to be torn apart on the internet!!! It hurts to be compared to other human beings every single day, it hurts for people to jump to conclusions and make assumptions. It hurts to be called names, and to feel like you don’t measure up to a certain standard.. the list goes on and on. I share this only because it weighs often on my heart and because it’s important to be honest about how these things affect us mentally and emotionally. Hopefully it speaks to someone struggling with the same.” While she doesn’t refer to any specific comments, Hailey could be referring to possible responses to Justin Bieber’s new song, “Yummy,” which her hubby dropped over the weekend, the suggestive lyrics likely about her. Hailey has also been compared time and time again to Justin’s ex, Selena Gomez. She concludes her statement by wishing everyone a happy new year, and asking everyone to vow to connect more in 2020.