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Canadian pop star Alessia Cara should be on a high right now. The singer has had an incredible 2018 that kicked off with a Grammy for Best New Artist, followed up by performances at the iHeartRadio MMVAs and Sunday’s Grey Cup Halftime Show. The two lead singles from Cara’s highly anticipated sophomore album The Pains of Growing (out Friday) have been in heavy rotation on radio, with “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely” both impressing fans and critics. But in the midst of her professional success, Cara announced this week that she’s planning on taking a break from social media to combat incessant comments from trolls online. People can really be the best and the worst.
In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Cara shared images of negative comments on her Twitter feed, writing “When you say those things to somebody, even if you’re trolling or just trying to make a joke, it makes that person’s day that much harder — at least speaking for myself. I need some time away from it directly, whether it’s a few days or a few weeks. Sometimes I think you need to step away from those things.” Speaking to the camera in an Instagram stories video, Cara continued the discussion, saying that she believes online bullying is often thought of by the bully as less harsh than delivering insults to someone in person, which can ‘downplay the gravity’ of the situation.
Cara sadly isn’t the first celebrity to announce a break from social media, with many celebs stepping away from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook following online abuse. Let’s be nicer to one another, okay?
The Biebs was one of the first major celebrities to embrace Twitter and as a result, one of the first to take a break from the social media platform. The final straw came when Justin visited Israel while on tour in 2011 and was hounded by the paparazzi. Saying he wanted to spend more time with family, Bieber tweeted “I’m just excited at this point to get on stage and perform. Gonna take a little break from Twitter and enjoy this time with my family until then.” Bieber once again took a break in 2016, this time deactivating Instagram after being bombarded with negative comments over his relationship with Sofia Richie.
In May 2018, Lorde wiped her social media, leaving just three images on her Instagram feed. While this has been a tactic used artists like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to announce new projects, Lorde cleared things up on a fan’s Instagram page, posting the comment “No stress just pulling back the curtain again for a moment… will keep u posted. Love u all so much more than u know. More than ok! Not needing to recover or pull back from u guys, it’s just what I feel is cleanest and most true to me as an artist & musician in 2018. Will still be creeping on u all and commenting, just not going to be posting endless content. Less is always more.”
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Miley Cyrus took one of the longest breaks from social media, leaving Twitter in 2009 in an effort to gain privacy for her relationship with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. Cyrus began tweeting again two years later in 2011, but recently wiped her Instagram account in July, possibly in an effort to prepare for new music she plans on releasing this month.
Not only did Ed Sheeran take a year-long break from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in 2016, he took a break from technology, with the singer giving up his cell phone. He’s still living that phone-free life, but has returned to social media.
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It’s difficult to keep track of Kanye West’s many breaks from social media. The rapper has had an on again, off again relationship with Twitter since 2011, often firing off a storm of tweets, only to wipe out his page days later. West’s Instagram account has a similar unpredictable timeline, with West leaving Instagram in May 2017 only to return for nine busy hours in February 2018 with multiple posts of celebrity couples on Valentine’s Day. It’s surprising that someone who is married to the Queen of Social Media is so bad at it.
We believe in love We don’t just try we do.. we are… We are love
— ye (@kanyewest) November 18, 2018
The “Fancy” rapper announced her break from social media in 2015 after receiving hate online from trolls. She’s since returned to Twitter and Instagram.
But I also want to let my fans know iam taking some time away from social media. I need to be happy and it is too negative and draining.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
Sam Smith took a step back from social media after winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2016 for “Writing’s On The Wall.” During his acceptance speech, Smith credited himself as the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. He wasn’t and quickly received a history lesson on Twitter, prompting him to take a break from social media after apologizing for his comments.
I’m logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.
— Sam Smith (@samsmith) March 1, 2016
In 2016, SNL actor Leslie Jones received a tirade of disgusting racist abuse on social media, prompting the comedian to take a break from Twitter. Jones was back online a few days later thanks to Game of Thrones, giving us another reason to love the show.
Welp…a bitch thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 21, 2016
Being part of one of the biggest bands in the world didn’t save Zayn Malik from receiving hate tweets, forcing the singer to sign off social media back in 2012.
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 🙂
— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 21, 2012
Selena Gomez has taken numerous breaks from social media over the years, with her most recent hiatus taking place this past September. The singer announced her decision to take some time away from the spotlight on Instagram and in November, she lost her position as the most followed person, with Cristiano Ronaldo clinching the top spot. We’re pretty sure she’s okay with that.
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Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an idiot!) Update: taking a social media break. Again. 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. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.