Social media has become a mainstay in most of our lives. After all, there are a lot of great things about the various platforms. They allow you to stay connected to friends and family, as well as stay up to date on everything going on in the world.
Unfortunately, there are negative aspects of social media, and that is why many people choose to detox or quit social media altogether. If you have been thinking about giving it a try, then you should know you are in good company.
That’s right, many celebrities have gone on detox from select platforms or given up social media altogether. In this article, we will look at several stars you love to listen to or watch and why they chose to take a step back from social media.
Lizzo Says Bye To Twitter
When you are in the public eye, there are always those who think they have the right to be mean.
These trolls are the reason why Lizzo announced just this last weekend that she will be taking an indefinite leave from Twitter.
The iconic songstress has a rep for taking the time to put her trolls in their place. With so many trolls on the platform, she decided it was time to step back, but she said she may come back…when she feels like it.
AOC Chooses a Side
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, is very active on social media. In fact, her history-making campaign was primarily run through her Facebook account.
However, she recently told a podcast that she had given up Facebook.
Along with this, she said that she also limits her time on other platforms, as well. She said she does this for her own mental health.
Online Bullying Causes Kelly Marie Tran To Leave Instagram
A lot of actors dream of getting a role in one of the movies attached to the Star Wars franchise.
However, though the experience of filming was great for Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose in the last Star Wars trilogy, it led to some racist comments on her Instagram posts.
In the summer of 2018, she deleted her Instagram account to get away from the harassment. As of now, her profile has been reactivated, but there are no posts on it.
No More Instagram For Miley Cyrus
Celebrities are human beings, and just like we need a break from the onslaught of information, they need to do the same thing sometimes.
That is what happened to Miley Cyrus in the summer of 2018.
Miley opted to delete all of her social media profiles because she wanted a break, but many of her fans thought she was getting ready to release a surprise album.
She has since rejoined the world of social media.
Kendall Jenner Needs an Instagram Detox
Almost all of the members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan are active on social media, especially younger sisters Kylie and Kendall.
However, even for entrepreneurs who use social media to promote themselves, there is sometimes a need to step away.
In 2017, Kendall Jenner did just that. The young reality television star realized she was becoming too dependent on the medium, so she took a one week detox from Instagram.
Iggy Azalea Needed To Get Away From Haters
Women get torn apart online when it comes to their bodies. Rapper Iggy Azalea felt this in 2016 when she posted some images of herself in a swimsuit.
Inevitably, body shamers came out and made mean comments about her cellulite. To protect her confidence and sanity, she removed herself from Twitter for several months.
Meghan Markle Royally Steps Away
The former actress and now royal spouse was into social media. Meghan Markle was very active on Instagram and also ran the lifestyle blog “The Tig”.
When she met Prince Harry and fell in love, though, those things eventually went away.
Once she and Harry married, she got rid of all of her individual social media profiles and opted to share a much more formal one with her prince.
Okurrr, Cardi B. Opts Out Of Instagram
One of the mainstays of the rap world is beef between artists, and in 2018, Cardi B and Azealia Banks had some heated beef. Banks insinuated that Cardi B was giving the world a cartoon-like image of the African American woman.
The mud was slung back and forth for a little bit. Finally, Cardi decided to delete her IG account. After the heat cooled down, though, the rapper created a new profile and has been active ever since.
Kanye West Plays Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Kanye West is a unique artist who has a love-hate relationship with social media. In fact, he has deleted and recreated his social media profiles several times.
He is also actually one of the first big stars to totally distance themselves from social media.
In 2018, an Instagram account appeared on which he posted a few images but then deactivated it. After that, he began to use Twitter again and delivered some very interesting tweets to his fan base.
Selena Gomez Gets Hacked
Hackers are a nuisance, and they can cause a lot of problems. Selena Gomez learned this the hard way in 2017 when hackers got into her stuff and released nude pictures of her and her ex, Justin Bieber.
Once the problem was sorted, the actress/singer returned to social media. However, she deletes her apps now at least once a week to protect herself from being hacked, as well as for mental health reasons.
Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter On Purpose
Millie Bobby Brown saw her star rise after the release of Stranger Things. When you are someone this popular, there will be memes. Unfortunately, the ones circulating in 2018 were not the funny kind.
On Twitter, there were inappropriate and homophobic memes floating around that were using her image, so in 2018, the young actress deleted her Twitter account.
She did create a new one that is geared towards spreading positivity and to help fight bullying.
Pete Davidson Deletes Instagram
In 2018, the Saturday Night Live star began dating pop princess Ariana Grande (eventually they became engaged).
He then began getting a lot of comments and flak from the singer’s very loyal fan base. The duo would split up, and Davidson opted to delete his IG account afterward.
He said he felt that the platform was not good for his mental and emotional health. The comedian did resurrect his profile but must have deleted it again, as there is no account for him currently.
Principles Cause Daisy Ridley To Leave IG
Celebrities have been using their social media to discuss social and political issues that they feel passionate about, but when Daisy Ridley posted something on Instagram in support of gun control, she got a heck of a response.
She then removed herself from that platform and has not returned since. She says she is sensitive and feels that social media is bad for her.
Twitter Break For Armie Hammer
Celebrities need to have thick skin, as they will be criticized mercilessly by both their audience and the media.
Unfortunately, some celebrities like Armie Hammer don’t have as thick skin as they should have.
In 2018, an article was written that he didn’t appreciate, so he retweeted it with a little come back.
He received a lot of blowback about that post and ended up deleting his Twitter account. Two months later, he was back on Twitter, though.
Negativity Led Justin Bieber To Make an Exit
Sometimes, a guy has to take a stand, and Justin Bieber did. When his fans were leaving negative comments about his then-girlfriend, Sofia Richie, he decided that he didn’t want to see them.
In 2016, Bieber deleted his Instagram account. That was a nice gesture he made for her. He remained off the platform until spring of the following year.
Disappearing Blake Lively
Sometimes, the deletion of an account has nothing to do with anything other than some good old PR. That was the case in 2018 when Blake Lively cleared all images of her accounts and unfollowed everyone.
There were a lot of crazy rumors going around, but the actress was just doing some clever promotional stunt for her upcoming movie – A Simple Favor.
The movie was about a woman’s disappearance, so she thought this would tie in very well.
T-Swift Uses Her Absence To Promote Herself
Taylor Swift is one of the most famous singers in the world, so having an active social media presence is important.
Not only is it a way to stay in touch with her fan base, but it is also a place where she can make important announcements.
In 2017, this actually led to Swift getting rid of all of the posts on her accounts to promote her upcoming album. This promotional move tied in with her album’s theme.
Once the promo was done, the singer returned to social media.
Ed Sheeran Needs To Disconnect
Ed Sheeran goes through phases where he wants to take breaks both from social media and from his career. He did this in 2015 and took some time to travel.
He did return, but in December of 2019, he was ready for another break. It is probably good for his mental health, as well as his creative reserves.
These famous people are intriguing to all of us, but when they decide and have decided to take a break from social media, there’s nothing the public can do to change their minds.
These are the reasons that famous celebrities have deleted social media in the past.