Actress Shailene Woodley has at all times had a love-hate relationship with Instagram.
But her discomfort towards the social media app reached a excessive level because the highlight intensified throughout her relationship together with her ex-fiancé, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“It honestly never really hit me that millions of people around the world were actually watching these things and paid attention to them. Then, I dated somebody in America who was very, very famous,” Woodley informed Net-a-Porter, referring to the Green Bay Packers star, in an interview printed Sunday. Her Instagram account boasts a following of almost 5 million customers.
The “Big Little Lies” actor stated her relationship with Rodgers was her first “famous relationship,” which she stated introduced extra consideration and scrutiny to her private life. Instagram went from being “fun,” Woodley stated, to feeling “violating.”
“I’m a very private person, and so I found that any time I posted anything, I instantly felt like I was sharing too much of who I am with people I didn’t necessarily trust,” Woodley stated.
After relationship all through 2020, Woodley and Rodgers introduced they have been engaged in February 2021. When Woodley confirmed the engagement on “The Tonight Show,” she informed host Jimmy Fallon, “For us, it’s not new news. So it’s kind of funny everybody right now is freaking out over it, and we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while.’”
A yr later, the couple broke off their engagement.
Woodley referred to as the interval after her breakup with Rodgers “the darkest, hardest time in my life.”
“It was winter in New York, and my personal life was s—, so it felt like a big pain bubble for eight months,” she informed Net-a-Porter.
Woodley stated she had already been contemplating a retreat from Instagram as she turned “allergic to people talking about things that they know nothing about.” She complained that the majority celebrities don’t truly “read books and educate themselves” on the problems they put up about.
Woodley’s disdain for social media stretches again to 2014, when she informed Marie Claire that she had deleted her Instagram account within the lead-up to the discharge that yr of her movies “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars.”
“Everything I was posting was for a story — like, ‘Look how interesting I am.’ It felt disgusting to me,” she stated, including that “we’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to.”
Then, in a 2016 interview with The Times, Woodley echoed her sentiments, commenting that social media “would breed a narcissistic nature within myself of [needing] validation.”
She went on to query the position of social media in Hollywood and whether or not administrators and studios have been on the lookout for actors with recognition on the apps relatively than contemplating their expertise or artistry inside their craft.
Woodley ultimately rebooted her account, the place she repeatedly posted about social and political causes she cared about, together with opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Woodley was arrested in North Dakota whereas protesting on the pipeline building website in 2016.
Last August, Woodley took to social media and warned her followers that “you can’t give it all away over the internet.”
“Instagram should be a place we come to laugh at ourselves + society. not beat ourselves up for it,” she wrote in a now-deleted put up.
Last September, followers seen that Woodley had deleted all her posts.
Woodley informed Net-a-Porter that since scaling again her social media use, she’s in a position to deal with “the smaller things,” which to her now “feel like the most extraordinary little slices of magic on the planet.”
Her Instagram web page now contains solely a handful of posts, together with an advert for eco-friendly sun shades and an Instagram Live about Indigenous People’s Day. Her most up-to-date tales principally present time spent with pals — card video games at recreation night time, dinner at a restaurant and smiley FaceTime calls.