Seeking solace, ASAP! For some celebrities, the best way to find peace is to take a hiatus from cyberspace, where trolls and clickbait headlines are geared toward creating chaos. Stars, including
and Selena Gomez , have taken breaks from social media in order to refresh their minds, their tagged mentions and their search history. Sarah Hyland
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Saying he was “sad, mad, confused,” the rapper
announced his social media hiatus in April 2018, shortly after revealing in an interview that he was “50/50” about whether fiancée Annie Smith had faked her pregnancy and miscarriage. “I Love you guys no matter what tho and to all the haters feel free to use me as a punching bag for your own insecurities,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “Going mia for awhile,need to get away from the devil (social media) but if you see me on the street say wassup.”
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SNL star explained why she quit Twitter during a SXSW Q&A for her movie Shrill, “It’s a bad space,” she explained, “I think the thing that shocked me about it — and it’s really the reason I got off Twitter — was every time I played Sarah Huckabee Sanders … every time I did it, I would get a ton of tweets and 50 percent of them would be conservative people who would be like, ‘You are a fat disgusting pig who should not play this strong, independent woman.’ And the other 50 percent were like, ‘Aidy is too beautiful to play this fat, disgusting liar.’”
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The “Money” rapper
left social media in February 2019 after she faced backlash for winning the Best Rap Album Grammy over the late Mac Miller. Shortly before she deactivated her Instagram account, she posted a cryptic message that read, “I used to want this s—t foreva. Ya can have it back!” Cardi was only off Instagram for two days before she came “back from retirement” to promote her latest collaboration with Bruno Mars.
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer paused her social media activity for several months following her
July 2018 drug overdose. After seeking treatment in a rehab facility for three months, Lovato returned to Instagram for a good cause in November — to encourage people to get out and vote on Election Day. “I am so grateful to be home in time to vote!” she wrote alongside a shot of her at the booth.
goodbye to Twitter again in February 2019 after she was slammed for saying her “favorite part” of Super Bowl LIII was looking at memes about 21 Savage, who was arrested by U.S. immigration officials the morning of the big game and faces deportation. The Disney Channel alum clarified that she would never joke about “anyone getting deported,” but still deactivated her social media account. She later wrote on her Instagram Story: “This break couldn’t last long enough tbh.”
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch star chose to “take a step back” from Twitter in January 2019 following the release of the interactive Netflix film. “As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media,” the actor wrote on Twitter at the time, noting that he would continue to post on behalf of organizations with which he partners. “I am privileged to have this platform. I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone. This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path.”
The singer announced in January 2019 that she was taking a step back from social media. “Starting my new year with some unexpected heavy personal stuff has only made me want to be more present in my life. Spending more real time with people I love and some time with myself. When sadness hits it’s important we embrace it, so it doesn’t define us and it’s for sure surfaced some emotions and things i need to work on with all my attention and love. I have to practice on myself what I talk about [on] stage and in my music too. In a good way :),” she penned via Instagram. “So I am taking a break from all social media for a while. Not forever, but for a while.”
She concluded: “For now, anything posted will be work related by my team. Want to live in the moment as much as I can, and not through my phone. I love you all. Happy new year. The year of LIVING THE best life for YOU. See you soon.”
The Breaking Bad star revealed in December 2018 that he was stepping back from cyberspace for the time being. “I have decided to take a break from all things social media,” Paul tweeted at the time. “Keeping my head up and phone down for a little while. Need some time to focus on work and family. Can’t thank you all enough for the love and support. Much love to you all.”
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Riverdale actress was sick of getting hate from “online trolls,” so she kissed Twitter goodbye. Reinhart announced the departure in a series of pointed messages posted to her Instagram Story in December 2018. “Do people on twitter ever get tired of being so negative and disrespectful to literally everyone and everything? Are they really that miserable? There’s hate everywhere. But especially twitter,” she wrote at the time. “it’s like a cesspool for evil 15 year olds who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about and have nothing better to do. Taking a break from that toxic site and the people on it who feel the need to constantly attack me, my cast mates, my relationship, and Riverdale. Hate to break it to you online trolls: Spreading your hate and overall negativity online won’t make you any less miserable.”
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The “Wolves” singer took
a hiatus from social media in September 2018 after her ex-boyfriend, , married Justin Bieber at Hailey Baldwin a New York City courthouse. “As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” Gomez wrote alongside a photo of herself on Instagram. “Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings.” That wasn’t her first time stepping away from the social media spotlight: The Disney Channel alum did the same in 2016 as well.
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Modern Family actress announced in December 2018 that she’d be staying “ offline for a while” after she received backlash for crowdfunding donations for her family after her 1 4-year-old cousin was killed by an alleged drunk driver. “You guys finally did it,” she wrote in December 2018. “Your horrible negative ignorant words have broken me.”
After the reality star was
robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October 2016, Kardashian went MIA on her social media accounts — and in the public eye — for three months. She later rang in 2017 by returning to Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat with family-oriented photos: one with her mother and another with husband with their son, Saint. Kanye West
Orange Is the New Black actress deleted her Twitter account in August 2018 after it was announced she would be playing Batwoman in CW’s Arrowverse — and fans were none too pleased. Rose slammed critics for questioning why she was the right fit for the role before tweeting, “I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”
Saturday Night Live star has a love-hate relationship with the internet. During his whirlwind romance with during the summer of 2018, he Ariana Grande deleted his page, explaining he didn’t “want to be on Instagram anymore. or on any social media platform.” He returned to Instagram in September to promote the upcoming premiere of Saturday Night Live, noting, “f–k the internet tho….” Davidson once again wiped his account clean in October after news broke that he and the “God Is a Woman” singer had ended their engagement. He l ater returned and, while keeping his posts to a bare minimum, the comedian did advise haters in December, “No mater how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself. I won’t.”
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Stranger Things star deleted her Twitter account after memes that attributed homophobic comments to her alongside a hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown went viral in June 2018.
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Dancing With the Stars pro announced in March 2018, “I’m dealing with some personal things right now and need to take a break from social media. Thanks for understanding and remember to tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them each and everyday.” She returned to Instagram a few days later to post a sweet tribute to her father, Stephen Burke, who died March 9.
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The “Ghost Town” rapper is no stranger to deactivating his social media accounts. In October 2018, West
deleted his pages after he made headlines for his pro-Donald Trump rant on Saturday Night Live and calling to abolish the 13th amendment on Twitter. He later returned to social media while on vacation in Uganda that same month but continued to keep a low profile. A year earlier, West shut down his Instagram account with a source explaining to Us, “It wasn’t a healthy outlet for him.”
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