Toxic Fans Bullied These Stars Into Deleting Their Social Media Accounts
Bullying — in person or on the internet — affects everyone differently. Some simply ignore it. Others craft legendary comebacks that silence the haters (at least for awhile). Others, even the actors, musicians, and other celebrities on social media, have to close themselves off from the channels exposing them to toxic comments from strangers.
One singer’s young son received death threats after she posted a photo of him (page 5). Another quit Instagram because she played a fictional character some fans disliked (page 9). Some of them eventually returned. Some never did.
1. Ed Sheeran
- He said the comments made him wonder why people hate him so much.
Sheeran told The Sun, “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter’s a platform for that. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.”
Next: This singer went “dark” on social media after fans started harassing his rumored girlfriend.
2. Justin Bieber
- He didn’t like how his fans treated his new girlfriend.
When Bieber started dating Sophia Richie, his fans responded with hate toward her. The singer first threatened to delete his social media accounts if the hurtful comments didn’t stop — and followed through when the trolls kept at it.
Next: Her outspoken opinions resulted in hateful responses she chose not to tolerate.
3. Demi Lovato
- She decided Snapchat was the best way to ignore trolls.
Lovato has always been vocal online about her opinions. Unfortunately, when a celebrity shouts, their “fans” often shout back. Before temporarily leaving Twitter and Instagram, the singer tweeted, “I like snapchat cause I don’t have to see what some of y’all say. Follow me if you want.”
4. Leslie Jones
- Her role in the Ghostbusters reboot prompted one too many racist tweets.
After the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, Jones apparently received so many negative — and even racist — comments that she temporarily abandoned the platform. In response, she tweeted: “I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.”
Next: She may have been able to handle mean comments toward her. But not toward her baby boy.
- She quit after posting a photo of her newborn son.
Like many new parents, Adele shared a photo online of her son. Her newborn baby apparently started receiving death threats online after she posted the photo. A friend of hers said, “[Adele] couldn’t believe people would be so awful about a baby.”
Next: This musician would also later quit the band that made him famous.
6. Zayn Malik
- The former One Direction singer chose not to deal with the “hate.”
He wrote, “The reason i don’t tweet as much as i use to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that i get daily goodbye twitter. My fans that have something nice to say can tweet me on the one direction account, x.”
Next: This star is now well-known for her tweets, but trolls almost drove her away forever.
7. Chrissy Tiegen
- Tiegen tweets more often than most of the internet, but once, she stopped completely.
After an October 2014 shooting incident in Canada, Tiegen used her Twitter presence to speak out against gun violence. She decided to leave Twitter temporarily when her followers had questionable things to say to her in response. She now uses the platform to stand up against the haters.
Next: This star lets her manager handle her online presence.
8. Iggy Azalea
- Her management team now runs her Instagram account.
She wrote, “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is.” She announced the same day that her management team would run her account from that point forward, and that only posts signed with her initials would come from her.
Next: This actress received criticism for playing a fictional character in a major film.
9. Kelly Marie Tran
- Fans didn’t like her character, and resorted to bullying her online.
This actress joined the Star Wars franchise as a new supporting character some fans openly disliked. Somehow their frustration turned into constant harassment on Instagram — so much so that she abruptly left the platform in June 2018.
Next: Tran isn’t the only Star Wars actress who has quit Instagram because of toxic fans.
10. Daisy Ridley
- Her comments after the 2016 Teen Choice Awards led to unwanted backlash.
Ridley spoke out against gun violence in an Instagram post following the 2016 Teen Choice Awards. She received so many hateful comments that she first deleted the post, than removed herself from the platform altogether.
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