When Hailey Bieber is dealing with internet trolls, she turns to one expert who’s been dealing with them since he rose to fame as an early teen: her husband, Justin Bieber.
The 24-year-old model chatted with renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Clemons during a new episode on her recently launched YouTube channel Wednesday (March 31). The two discussed mental health and social media in part one of their conversation, during which Hailey opened up about her best practices when it comes to Instagram and Twitter, and the 27-year-old pop superstar’s advice when it comes to social media trolls.
She noted that getting married to Justin in September 2018 opened her up to “a new level of attention.” Although she never names his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez in the video, Hailey pinpoints “body comparison, looks comparison, and behavior comparison” as her main struggles after tying the knot.
In December, Justin blasted trolls who kept comparing his wife to Gomez with a lengthy note about how it’s “extremely hard to choose the high road” when people are constantly trying to “bully” his wife. Hailey reposted her husband’s response at the time, adding she “needed to protect myself and my mental [sic].”
“My husband has helped me so much with it. Like, I really have to give him credit because he’s been doing this so much longer at this very massive level,” she shared. “I think I’ve gone through a phase where I’m like, ‘I get it. Yeah, I don’t want to hear it.’ And then I like do it, and he’s like, ‘I told you. … It’s way better, life is way better this way!’ And he was so entirely right.”
Hailey deleted her Twitter account because of its constantly “toxic environment” that gave her so much “anxiety” that the thought of opening up the app made her feel nauseous. But a helpful tactic she adopted to keep herself at peace was avoiding Instagram Monday through Friday and only checking it on the weekends.
While discussing her “very difficult” first year of marriage in her April 2021 Elle cover story, she said she indefinitely turned off public comments on her page about a year ago. The model, who’s followed by nearly 34 million people on Instagram, only allows the approximately 1,000 people she follows to comment on her posts because she knows they will only be “encouraging and uplifting.”
Watch Hailey’s latest vlog below.