For many celebrities, social media is a tool that allows them to connect with their fans and promote their work. It definitely has its positives, but with millions across the world hanging on to every word and studying every photograph, it is easy to see why stars need to unplug and step away from their social media accounts every now and then. While some celebs, like Cardi, left temporarily due to backlash, others like Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes felt the need to take a break for the sake of their mental health. Scroll to find out why these 11 celebrities quit social media.
1. Shawn Mendes
During a recent pre-concert Q&A with fans, the "Senorita" singer admitted to deleting social media apps from his phone. While his accounts are still active, he sends photos to his team to post on his behalf. Shawn opened up about how social media can "get to him as much as anyone else."
2. Kendall Jenner
In 2016, the model deleted her Instagram because she wanted to "detox" from social media. "I don't know, I just wanted to detox. I felt like—I just wanted a little bit of a break. I'm always on it. I feel—I would wake up in the morning, and I would look at it first thing. I would go to bed, and it was the last thing that I would look at. It just, I felt a little too dependent on it. I kind of wanted to take a minute; it's a detox," she explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
3. Cardi B
After Cardi became the first solo female rapper to win a Grammy for the Best Rap Album category this year, she faced backlash on social media from her detractors. The rapper posted a heated video rant on her Instagram before deleting her entire account. Two days later, she resurfaced to announce her next collaboration with Bruno Mars.
4. Justin Bieber
In 2016, Biebs deactivated his Instagram account after fans continued to leave hateful comments towards then-girlfriend Sofia Richie. “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand,” he posted before he ultimately deleted his account. “If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like." The singer returned to Instagram six months later, in February 2017.
5. Millie Bobby Brown
During the summer of 2018, the Stranger Things actress deleted her Twitter after users began circulating fabricated stories and tweets depicting the actress, who has actively been a supporter of LGBTQ+ causes, as homophobic. Millie began tweeting again in January 2019.
6. Ed Sheeran
The “I Don’t Care” singer announced he was taking a break from Twitter in 2017 due to the overwhelming negativity from users on the app. Almost two weeks later, Sheeran officially deleted his Twitter account. He has since reactivated, but hasn’t tweeted again since July 2017.
When the former Fifth Harmony member was asked to describe the best quality of each person in the group during an interview, Normani appeared to struggle when she got to bandmate Camila Cabello. “She is...let’s see. Camila. Very quirky. Yeah. Very quirky. Cute,” she answered. Fans of Camila took the hesitation as a snub towards the singer and swarmed social media with hateful tweets towards Kordei. Overwhelmed by the amounting hate she was receiving, the "Dancing With A Stranger" singer announced that she was going to take a hiatus from the app. She started tweeting again a month later.
In 2014, Rihanna's IG account was disabled. Although it appeared to be an accident, she waited six months to restore her account.
9. Iggy Azalea
This past May, Iggy deleted and returned to her social media accounts after topless photos of her were leaked. This wasn't the first time either, as the rapper left Twitter for a few months in 2015 when she was body shamed after being photographed in a bikini on her Hawaiian vacation.
10. Selena Gomez
The singer deactivated her account in 2017 after she was hacked, but since then, she has made it a point to take a break from social media from time to time. “I delete the app from my phone at least once a week," she told The New York Times.
11. Kanye West
Although this was not the first time that the rapper took a break from social media, Kanye West quit both Twitter and Instagram for a week in October of 2018. A source told PEOPLE that “Kanye got to the point where he realized his rants were becoming unhealthy. This is why he deleted his account.”
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