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Maluma Deleted Every Pic of His Ex From IG. The Digital Breakup: Yay or Nay?

Maluma and Natalia via Hola

Before the news officially broke, speculation swirled surrounding the status of celebrity couple, Maluma and Natalia Barulich. Fans took note that the oft-socially-gushy duo had not posted together in about a month.

During the couple’s two-year romance, Natalia traveled the world with her superstar boyfriend and was last seen supporting her man in concert at The Forum in September. Maluma romantically thanked his novia to stadium-wide swoons from the crowd.

It seemed like they’d be together forever 😉 Or was that just me? I’m a sucker for public declarations of love.

According to People en Español it was all a ruse, y’all. This was actually the time of their split and both respectfully remained mum on the separation until last week. Natalia released a formal statement saying, “I love Juan Luis very much, but at this time we need to take time for ourselves and our careers so that we continue to grow as artists and individuals.”

Maluma said nada but deleted all pics of Natalia from his social. Which begs a major modern love in the digital age question: Is this how we break-up these days?

I am very much for social media separation after a breakup. If you truly want to move on, definitely stop following your ex. Limit the opportunity to stalk and speculate how they’re doing or who they’re with. Social media is never a true indication of a person’s wellbeing, but it can seriously drive you mad if you let it.

A breakup isn’t a mistake that you must erase like graphite markings from a pencil. It’s a life change. It’s the turn of a page. Changing our perspective, even when your former partner is hurtful, will be your best tool for recovery.

If the photographs are triggering you, I recommend hiding them. Setting them aside respectfully, is more productive than pretending it never existed. However, tearing down all evidence of a past relationship from your Instagram will not simultaneously delete the person from your memory. Don’t use social media to send the I’m so over you message. Rather, actively take steps to make peace with your relationship’s ending.

If the split is amicable design a public go-forward you mutually agree upon. Just because you aren’t together anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider each other’s feelings regarding social, where you likely have mutual friends and family.

When someone new comes into your life you will be best positioned to create fresh memories, not start from scratch. If the person is a mature match, they will totally understand that you have a past—one you won’t regret or hide. That’s not an indication of lingering feelings for your ex, but a sign of your readiness for a new relationship, having fully accepted yourself and your journey.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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