Jessie J announced Thursday (Jan. 3) that she would be taking a break from social media. In the new year she wants to focus on being “present” with the people she loves. The “Domino” singer cites “some unexpected heavy personal stuff” as the reason for the hiatus.
“When sadness hits it’s important we embrace it, so it doesn’t define us,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I have to practice on myself what I talk about in stage and in my music too. In a good way.”
Jessie J recently disclosed that her longtime bodyguard, Dave, died suddenly at the end of 2018, though it’s unclear if that’s the sole reason for her social media hiatus. “You weren’t just my security, we ARE family,” she wrote in a tribute post on Instagram.
The 30-year-old assures fans that this break will not be permanent and that future posts will be made by her team and not the singer herself.
The singer-songwriter is not the only star to take a break from social media. Ed Sheeran last posted on Twitter in July 2017 after reportedly telling The Sun, “I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things.” The singer-songwriter still posts on Instagram. In addition, Selena Gomez has been on a social media break since September, saying she wants to live in the present.
Jessie J ended her message wishing fans a happy new year, calling 2019 “the year of LIVING THE best life for YOU.”
Check out her full posts below:
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The love you had for your children. Was everything ❤️ We would laugh till we cried nearly everyday. We created Penelope and the blue Shetland pony together. We talked about our dreams. We talked about what our biggest fears were. You weren’t just my security, we ARE family. 4 years. Me and you. Remember when you got me the blue Shetland pony cake for the end of The Voice Aus. When we went to see fifty shades in Aus and giggled the whole way through. When you would text me when I was filming The Voice on the breaks to make me laugh. The late night walks we would take together to get some air. Who would shout “banana” quickest. When you came to see me when I was in hospital to cheer me up and I was out of it on anaesthetic and we again just laughed. You were so worried about me. You looked after me. Working out by the side of the bus everyday before the tour. You would push me and tell me I could do better. When you would do anything so I could see my fans waiting. You would always sort it out so it was safe for them and me. When I was terrified on that flight from Dubai to London because of the turbulence and you held my hand for 8 hours. I will never forget that. When we would go shopping and try on silly hats and glasses. When you would carry me to stage because my shoes wouldn’t make it through the mud. The way we laughed. I keep going back to that. We had so much fun Dave. Your love for working out. The way you would eat your meals and I would always wish I could be so disciplined. I am now. You inspired me. Your love for your dogs. Your love for tattoos. Your love for travelling. Your gentleness. Your voice. The way you stuck by me when everyone else left. It was me and you in Aus. You were my rock. I wrote this because I want everyone to remember the man you were. You were a gentle giant with a heart so big everyone felt it. I love you so much. We were supposed to meet for hot chocolate next week. I miss you. I will see you on the other side one day. Rest easy Dave / give your Dad a hug from me 💔✨🙏🏻