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Selena Gomez Admits to Instagram Addiction

Selena Gomez at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty)

Selena Gomez currently has the most Instagram followers in the world, at a whopping 113 million and counting. This mass exposure has taken its toll, however, as the singer admits in a new interview with Vogue Magazine.

Gomez revealed that she had a social media addiction for a short time, and the upkeep of her public image subsequently dominated her life. “As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out,” says Gomez, “It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict.”

Gomez went on to admit that this addiction parlayed into her professional career, and was a factor in the cancellation of her “Revival” world tour in 2016. “My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it — which, I think, was a complete distortion,” she said.

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Tyrese Gibson Tells Women Not To Be ‘Fake’ And Twitter Goes Crazy

Tyrese Gibson at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty)

Actor, singer, and entertainer Tyrese Gibson took to social media late Thursday night with a lengthy–and for some, controversial– message. Gibson said that he overheard a group of women talking about how “men are stupid and will sleep with and marry damn near anything,” and clearly felt some type of way about it.

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“I just feel the need to send a message to all of these “type” of ladies all races of ladies who just think Dudes are just STUPID??……. WE KNOW the difference in real hair and fake clips on’s we know eye lash extensions,” writes Gibson, “We know fake hard t**ties pointing in 4 directions with your ribs showing in the middle.” The Fast & Furious star continued his rant by saying “IM NOT trying to be mean I’m just sending a message that US REAL MEN SEE THE BULLSH*T and IF He decide to rock with you it’s just cause they wanna get one off no one will EVER take you serious like that or really make that move……….. Cause you look like a manufactured clown – Some of you have convinced yourself that it’s OK cause of how many dudes be trying to get at you.”

He closed out his message with decidedly more kind words, writing that “If your beauty has been purchased that’s fine…. own it, enjoy it…. Just know that us REAL ones out here see the REAL….” Needless to say, the post has caused quite the stir on social media, as many have taken sides on whether Gibson was out of line or preaching the truth. Check out some of the divided reactions below.

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READ: Elizabeth Thomas & Tad Cummins Social Media Posts

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI and Twitter photos)

Elizabeth Thomas, the missing high school freshman on the run with her 50-year-old teacher, calls herself “wife” on Instagram, and posted a graphic from Beauty and the Beast around the time she vanished that says “every beauty needs her beast to protect her from everything but him.”

Here’s a screenshot of the top of Elizabeth Thomas’ Instagram page:

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Elizabeth Thomas’ Instagram page. (Instagram)

She also posted graphics like this:

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Both Elizabeth, 15, and teacher Tad Cummins filled their Instagram pages with love sayings in recent weeks.

Around the time they disappeared, Cummins wrote on Instagram, “Good morning all! This is going to be an amazing day! Let’s do this! #strong #unbreakable #love.”

Cummins is accused by Tennessee authorities of kidnapping Elizabeth after another student alleged he had kissed the teen in a classroom at Culleoka High School in Tennessee. The teacher and student have been on the run since March 13, and Tennessee authorities have launched a massive manhunt to find them, characterizing the relationship as criminal and abusive.

The high school has fired Cummins, who was suspended before the pair disappeared. She is the subject of an Amber Alert in Tennessee. Cummins, 50, allegedly researched teen marriage before vanishing with Thomas, 15.

Elizabeth filled her page with generic love notes about soulmates and protectors. Examples:

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Three weeks ago, she wrote, “If the whole world were watching I’d still dance with you, drive highways and byways to be there with you .#myheartbelongstoone #tough #love #neverstop.”

And: “I want to be your steady hand when you are shaking, I want to lift you up when you fall and build you back up again. I am here for you and I love you, even when you are having anxiety, even in your darkest times I would never choose anyone else. You are so important to me, I will never leave you, you will always have my heart, it belongs to you. #loveforever #love #myheartbelongstoone.”

Friends have filled the page in turn with comments urging her to return. However, Thomas’ page is also filled with graphics that have a different and depressive tone – referring to herself as broken and ugly. One post says she wants to die and others refer to death and sadness. CNN reports that authorities accuse Cummins of grooming Thomas by playing on difficulties she was having at home.

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Five weeks ago she wrote, “I’m losing myself and you don’t care. Why did I ever think someone would actually want me and not leave? It’s stupid I know. I’m building up my wall and locking the door this time. I still love you and nothing will make me stop.” She also wrote, “I’m done, with everything. I’ve never welcomed death into my life but the doors are open now. Take me away into the pits of no feeling and blackness. I’ve never been this broken.”

She also wrote, “I am self destructive. I don’t need help ruining my life, I am perfectly capable of doing that by myself.”

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According to WSMV, Thomas was home schooled until her freshman year of high school. The television station quoted the local district attorney as saying her home life was a troubled one.

The television station reported that “police arrested Elizabeth’s mother, Kimberly Thomas, last year. She was charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect. According to court documents, Kimberly Thomas beat Elizabeth and four of her siblings.”

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WSMV reported that Elizabeth told investigators her mother “banged her head into the agitator of the washing machine” and “threw her down the basement stairs and locked her down there.” Kimberly Thomas “is also accused of making the children get naked in front of several other people,” the television station reported, adding that “Elizabeth is one of 10 children in a single-parent home because her father now has full custody of all of them.”

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For his own part, Cummins filled his Instagram page with similar love messages. His messages became more focused on love themes in recent weeks; before that, he posted about things like gluten-free food and holidays (with Elizabeth liking many of his posts). Here’s his profile:

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Tad Cummins’ Instagram profile page. (Instagram)

Here’s an example of some of his recent posts:

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He also posted photos of exotic locations.

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He made it clear he was not a Hillary Clinton voter and supported Trump:

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Cummins, a married father and grandfather, appears to have used social media platforms differently. On Facebook, he shared a profile with his wife, Jill, and posted photos of family, including with his wife. Example:

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Tad Cummins and his wife, Jill Cummins. (Facebook)

Jill Cummins has appeared on television to urge her husband to return Thomas.

On Twitter, Cummins posted about politics – such as watching a debate to see Donald Trump in it – religion and school activities. Examples:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that Cummins and Thomas could be anywhere and says the fact there have not been verified sightings could mean Cummins is keeping Thomas out of public view.

Read more about Elizabeth Thomas here:

Elizabeth Thomas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Elizabeth Thomas, a missing teenager, is the subject of an Amber Alert after police believe she was taken by a suspended teacher, Tad Cummins.

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Read more about Tad Cummins here:

Tad Cummins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tad Cummins is a Tennessee teacher accused of taking missing teenager Elizabeth Thomas. Instagram and Twitter pages in his name talk about teaching and love.

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See more photos of the pair here:

PHOTOS: Tad Cummins & Elizabeth Thomas, Missing Teacher & Student

See photos of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas, teacher and student who are on the run from Tennessee. Cummins had posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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