12 Celebrities Who Deleted Their Social Media & Why They Did It

Celebs Who Quit Social Media
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There are a lot of pros about social media. It connects you with people who you might never meet. It provides you with endless (and mindless fun). And it’s a place where you can express your opinion with thousands of people with the click of a button. But as many people know, it’s also a breeding ground for hate, especially for people with millions of followers (and haters), such as celebrities.

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Here are the reasons 12 celebrities from Kelly Marie Tran to Ariel Winter deleted their social media accounts and wiped out their internet presence. As easy as it is to tell yourself to ignore the haters, that task isn’t so simple. Many of these celebrities know that firsthand, which is why the internet hate became too much for them and they were forced to quit using social media—at least, for a short amount of time. From stars who were gone for good to those who returned after a short, much-needed break, find out why these celebrities quit social media.

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Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter

After letting her followers know on her Instagram story that she was in the process of deleting all of her social media, Winter quit Twitter in July 2018. The move followed months of harassment by internet haters and the paparazzi and an incident in which Instagram deleted a picture of her taken by a paparazzo because it violated copyright. Though the Modern Family actress is still on Instagram, a representative for Winter confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she is on an "indefinite" social media break.

"Ariel has taken a break from Twitter and engaging with commenters on her other platforms because of the constant negativity she experiences," the representative said. "She needs a moment to breathe and enjoy herself without [judgment]."

How long it lasted: Still deleted on Twitter.

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Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown

In June 2018, Brown was the subject of a series of homophobic memes on Twitter featuring her as a hateful, homophobic character. The Stranger Things star didn't think the memes were funny, however, as she deleted her Twitter soon after. Though she remains on Instagram, she hasn't returned to Twitter.

How long it lasted: Still deleted.

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Kelly Marie Tran
Kelly Marie Tran

After months of racial harassment for her 2018 Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Tran deleted her Instagram. Other than a vague Instagram bio, "Afraid but doing it anyway," Tran didn't reveal the exact reason she went off the grid. But since her role in The Last Jedi, the actress has received racial hate (at one point, her Wikipedia was edited to read "Ching Wong Ting Tong"), so it's safe to assume that her decision to leave Instagram was a result of the harassment.

How long it lasted: Still deleted.

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Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle

Six months after taking down her lifestyle site, The Tig, Markle also shut down her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. As many know, Markle is the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Prince Harry. Per royal tradition, royal family members are supposed to stay off social media and only use the family's official Kensington Palace account. However, though the palace hasn't confirmed or denied this rule, it was suggested that Markle's decision to leave social media was based on the fact that her accounts "haven't been used for some time," according to the BBC.

How long it lasted: Still deleted.

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Daisy Ridley
Daisy Ridley

Since the release of her film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, Ridley was bombarded with hate from viewers who weren't fans of her new character. And though she briefly left Instagram soon after to recover, Ridley didn't permanently leave the platform until 2016 when she faced backlash for an Instagram calling for gun control after Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting. Many critics called Ridley a hypocrite for using guns in Star Wars. The response led to her deleting her Instagram, and since then she hasn't returned.

How long it lasted: Still deleted.

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Cardi B
Cardi B

It took an Instagram feud with Azealia Banks for Cardi B to delete her Twitter. The feud stemmed from a comment Banks said about how Cardi was a "caricature of a black woman," which led the "Bodak Yellow" rapper to defend herself. “I’m from the hood. I speak how I speak. I am how I am. I did not choose to be famous—people choose me," she said on Instagram. After her first clapback, Cardi continued to defend herself, “The difference between me and you, I’ve never pretended to be or represent someone I’m not." However, the second response didn't last long, as Cardi deleted her entire Instagram—including her clapbacks—soon after. She returned to the platform a week later.

How long it lasted: One week.

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Normani Kordei
Normani Kordei

Kordei was the subject of racist abuse after fans accused her of shading her Fifth Harmony bandmate Camila Cabello, in a Facebook live interview, in which she had trouble finding positive words to describe Cabello. (Kordei ended up calling the "Havana" singer "quirky" and "cute.") The interview led to backlash from Cabello's fans, who harassed her and sent her racist comments. The abuse became so bad that Kordei briefly left Twitter. "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," she wrote before she left.

How long it lasted: One month.

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Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

After the release of 2016's all-female Ghostbusters remake, Jones, who starred in the movie, faced an onslaught of racial hate. Before she deleted her Twitter account, Jones announced her departure in a tweet, criticizing those who harassed her for her skin color. "I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart," she wrote at the time. "All this 'cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie, but the shit I got today... wrong," she tweeted. She returned two days later.

How long it lasted: Two days.

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Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

In December 2015, Sheeran announced on his Instagram that he was taking a break from social media, as well as emails and phone calls, to pay attention to the world around him. “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 at the time. The singer promised to return by August, but it took him a year until he signed back on to his Instagram.

How long it lasted: One year.

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Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber

In August 2016, Bieber kept to his word when he told his Instagram followers that he would delete his account if they didn't stop sending hate to this then-girlfriend Sofia Richie. When the hate continued, the singer shut down his Instagram. He stayed off the platform for about two weeks before signing back on to share pictures from his tour.

How long it lasted: Two weeks.

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Rob Kardashian
Rob Kardashian

After Kardashian leaked his ex Blac Chyna's nude pictures on his Instagram, which led to Chyna filing a restraining order against him in July 2017, Instagram suspended his account. After his Instagram was barred, Kardashian briefly tweeted about Chyna before taking a long break. He has since returned to Twitter. But he has yet to make a new Instagram.

How long it lasted: Still deleted.

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Amber Rose
Amber Rose

In December 2016, Rose announced on her Instagram that she would be taking a break from social media for the rest of the year. The model, who left her assistant in charge so her feed was completely empty, didn't reveal why she left, but we assume it was to recharge and regroup for 2017. “Hey guys, I just want to let everyone know that I’m taking the rest of the year off of social media,” Rose said at the time. “So I’ll have Joe, my assistant, post some cool stuff for me, and I’ll see you in the new year.”

How long it lasted: One month.

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