Antisocial? 21 Celebrities Who’ve Quit Social Media

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Sometimes social media can be too much to handle even if you’re a regular Joe. Imagine being a celebrity, not only do you constantly hear from your fans, but also all the haters. Worse, there’s often a disregard for the fact that you’re a real human being with actual, legitimate feelings.

Unfortunately, sometimes things go too far and even the thickest-skinned celebrities just need a break. Some have said they simply didn’t like the way social media made them feel, too. And that’s also totally understandable. Reasons for unplugging aside, here are twenty-one stars who’ve at some point decided to take a break from social media.

21. Kelly Marie Tran

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Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran completely wiped her Instagram account of all content after enduring months of online harassment.

Kelly, the first Asian-American woman to land a leading role in a Star Wars film, was treated terribly online. Not long after the film’s release, the 29-year-old actress became the target of numerous racist and hurtful remarks. According to the Huffington Post, her Wookiepedia entry had even been edited, displaying her name as “Ching Chong Wing Tong.” While the person who made the edit was banned from the website, the harassment over social media was continuous.

Her once cheery and upbeat Instagram account is now completely without posts. All that’s left is a profile picture and the tagline, “Afraid, but doing it anyway,” and a lion emoji.

20. Millie Bobby Brown

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The Stranger Things star just recently decided to delete her Twitter account, and we really can’t blame her for it. A group of Twitter users had targeted Millie, making her the subject of various homophobic memes. They attributed awful comments and ideas to the young star and often included the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown. While the memes apparently began in November of last year, they resurfaced this June, which happens to be Pride Month.

Millie has been a supporter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation among other pro-LGBT groups.

Though she’s left Twitter, at least for now, she does remain quite active on Instagram. She has, however, disabled comments on her posts.

19. Ed Sheeran

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Back in December of 2015, Ed Sheeran announced he would be taking a break from social media, phone, and email.

“I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last five years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed,” he wrote on Facebook, saying he’d return the following autumn.

Then, in July of 2017, the singer decided to stop reading Twitter due to the rampant negativity on the platform. That soon meant deleting his Twitter account all together.

Ed is active on Instagram, but he has not returned to Twitter and we highly doubt he ever will. His account is still live, but there have been no new posts in over a year. What does exist there is mostly automatic reposts from Instagram anyway.

18. Daisy Ridley

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It seems some Star Wars “fans” can be exceptionally vitriolic and vicious in attacking the franchise’s stars. Daisy Ridley quietly bowed out of using Instagram in August of 2016 after her account was flooded with criticism. Apparently sharing a heartfelt anti-gun violence post set some folks off. Not only did the comments section devolve into online mudslinging, many also chose to attack Daisy herself.

Later that same year, she told Sky, “I felt a pressure being on it. I was like ‘I need to post. Oh my God, it’s been this many days’. It’s actually been kind of nice not to be on it. I’m 24. I have a lot of growing up to do. I have to deal with loads of stuff myself personally. For that to be projected with millions of people watching, that is like a bit of an extra pressure.” She also added, “I think some people handle it well. Just right now it’s not for me, but who knows.”

She’s since spoken out about her decision to leave the platform on multiple occasions.

“It’s not good for me, personally,” she told Glamour magazine in December of 2017. “I’m just not equipped for it. I’m super sensitive—not too sensitive—but I really feel things. Also, there is also a sense that I’m asked who I’m dating a lot more than John [Boyega] is. I don’t answer, because I have things in my life that are private.”

17. Cardi B

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After getting into a spat with fellow rapper Azealia Banks, Cardi clapped back.

“The difference between me and you, I’ve never pretended to be or represent someone I’m not,” Cardi said in an Instagram post. “I’ve made it where I am for being myself and staying true to that. I’m not trying to represent nobody but myself.”

Soon after she made the post, however, she decided to completely delete her Instagram account – defensive post and all. She also temporarily went private with her Twitter.

Fortunately, she was back a mere week later.

16. Kanye West

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Everyone knows what a real character Kanye West can be. So, it doesn’t surprise us that he’s come and gone from various social media platforms over the years. Often seemingly on a whim, Kanye has been known to simply drop off of one platform or another. Thus far, however, he always seems to return.

For starters, he left Twitter in October of 2012, deleting all of his tweets and posting “BE BACK SOON.” Again, in May of 2017, he left Twitter and Instagram both (he’d only just joined the latter in 2016).

On Valentine’s Day 2018, Kanye made quite a return to Instagram with a series of over 50 Valentine’s Day posts.

We pretty much expect to see Ye make moves like these now, as they certainly spark conversations about the rapper.

15. Armie Hammer

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Way to go, Buzzfeed, you totally drove Armie Hammer off Twitter.

Back in November, Buzzfeed posted a critical article titled, “10 Long Years of Trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen.” Needless to say, Armie was – as he replied to the article on Twitter – “Bitter AF.”

A day later, his Twitter was gone. He soon explained his decision to leave Twitter during TheWrap’s Screening Series. “I just have no impulse control,” he said. “So if somebody says something stupid, I couldn’t help but say something back, and then it just exploded. This is a toxic environment, and my life is way better off. It’s so funny — People are so addicted and into Twitter, it seems crazy that someone could walk away from it! They’re like, wait, he deleted it? It was actually really easy.”

It does, of course, seem that he has returned to the platform.

14. Cheryl Burke

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The professional dancer from Dancing with the Stars made an announcement in March of 2018 explaining her hiatus. At the time, she made an Instagram post saying, “I’m dealing with some personal things right now and need to take a break from social media.” She continued, “Thanks for understanding and remember to tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them each and everyday.”

At the end of her break, things became clear that her hiatus was to mourn the death of her father. She has, of course, returned to Instagram and just last month celebrated her engagement to actor Matthew Lawrence.

13. Kendall Jenner

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It’s hard to imagine anyone in the Kardashian/Jenner clan leaving social media for any extended period of time. That’s why it’s no surprise that Kendall Jenner’s break from Instagram in 2016 only lasted a week. What was surprising, however, was the fact that she outright deleted her account with no warning or reason given.

She later explained to Ellen DeGeneres, “I just wanted a little bit of a break. I would wake up in the morning and look at it first thing, I would go to bed and it would be the last thing I looked at.” She added, “I felt a little too dependent on it so I wanted to take a minute.”

Of course, Kendall’s account was fully restored so it’s almost as if she never left.

12. Chrissy Teigen

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If you don’t already follow Chrissy Teigen on Twitter, you should. One of the highlights of the social platform are her witty tweets and snappy comebacks. It’s a good thing we didn’t lose her for good when she decided to leave the site in 2014.

After tweeting about the Parliament Hill shootings in Ottawa, things took a dark turn. Chrissy even received death threats through the social media platform.

“I can’t see anything through the sea of hate and anger that is now my Twitter,” she said at the time. “Seriously I can’t sift through it all.”

Fortunately, Chrissy was back a week later, tweeting, “I’m bored. I missed you guys. Question time!”

11. Normani Kordei

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When Fifth Harmony fans felt Normani Kordei had thrown shade at Camila Cabello, they became absolutely ruthless as a response.

Members of the group were asked to say a nice thing about their fellow bandmates during a Facebook Live interview. Normani appeared to have a hard time coming up with something nice to say about Camilla, stalling and then saying, “She is … let’s see. Camila. Very quirky. Yeah. Very quirky. Cute.”

Fans were quick to accuse Normani of snubbing Camilla, and the online abuse quickly escalated to racist insults.

“I have shown nothing but commitment for the success of Fifth Harmony even promoting on my days off but yet I always find myself as the target of unjust hate and slander,” Normani wrote in an announcement on August 8, 2016 that explained why she was choosing to leave twitter.

The hiatus didn’t last long, however. That September she decided to return to the platform and take a stand against cyberbullying.

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