20 Celebrities Who Suddenly Quit Social Media Over Controversial Reasons

Meghan Markle

Because of social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, almost every aspect of our lives becomes public - and for celebrities, that's not always a good thing. The overwhelming amount of attention and constant feedback becomes too much to handle for any person. Let's take a look at some celebrities who just couldn't take the heat anymore.

Meghan Markle

After becoming engaged to Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex deactivated all of her social media accounts. Some speculated the "Suits" actress might've been forced to do so by the palace in order to preserve the privacy of the royal family.

However, Kensington Palace spoke about her decision and said she took the step because she hasn't been using her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages "for some time." Later, she shut down her lifestyle blog TheTig.com as well, with no clear explanation. She wrote, "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye."

Cardi B

Following some online drama, the rapper had enough and shut down her social media. After winning a Grammy for 'Best Rap Album', Cardi received harsh criticism and backlash on her online platforms. Users were stating that the rapper was undeserving of the award, with BET Network also chiming in and pinning her against her long-time rival, Nicki Minaj. After going on a massive rant on her Instagram, Cardi deleted the video and then her account entirely next Monday.

Kanye West

This isn't his first time. The rapper is famously known for publicly expressing his controversial opinions and taking them to social media, stirring up a storm in the media. From May 2017 up until February 2018, Kanye had completely dropped off the online universe - this was most likely related to his mental health and self-hospitalization.

The latest drama involved his pro-Trump Twitter rant, which evidently received an overwhelmingly negative response from users. On October 5, he quit both Instagram and Twitter when everything backfired.  “Kanye got to the point where he realized his rants were becoming unhealthy. This is why he deleted his account,” a source told PEOPLE. In light of Valentine's Day of 2018, his Instagram account became active again - for nine hours - with a couple of holiday-themed photos.

Ariana Grande

It's no secret that the past months have been a whirlwind for the award-winning pop star. Thanks to social media, the situation just keeps escalating. Although Ariana hasn't deleted her accounts, the singer had to turn off the comments on her IG post due to the attacks she kept receiving after Mac Miller's, her rapper ex-boyfriend, death.

And it doesn't end there. After calling off the engagement with ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, and after his departure from Instagram, Grande became a victim to cyber-bullying yet again. The singer tweeted afterward, “The energy u put out is exactly what u get back, please create a beautiful life for yourselves.”

She returned to Snapchat, stating that she needs a break: “i’m prolly gonna post on der for a little while & take a breather from twitter & ig for a little. just sometimes can’t help but bump into some negative s— that really can bum u out and it’s not worth it honestly. promised I’d always tell you. I love u sm ! be well & happy.”

Pete Davidson

As we just mentioned, Pete, Ariana's ex-fiance, has deactivated his Instagram - and has yet to return. The Saturday Night Live comedian was having trouble coping with all the attention (that mostly negative) when the drama following his relationship ensued.

Fans became concerned after he posted a disturbing message: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last," Davidson also added, “All i’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember i told you so."

When people began to panic, Pete posted, “No there’s nothing wrong … I just don’t wanna be on Instagram anymore. Or on any social media platform,” he wrote. “The internet is an evil place and it doesn’t make me feel good … I love you all and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point. your neighborhood goon, Pete.”

Chrissy Teigen

Following a shooting back in 2014 in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, Chrissy left Twitter. The celebrity posted a controversial tweet about the tragedy and started receiving death threats on the social media site. "I can’t see anything through the sea of hate and anger that is now my Twitter. Seriously I can’t sift through it all." That didn't last for long though. A week later, she was back: “I’m bored. I missed you guys. Question time!”

Kendall Jenner

Kendall spoke to Allure magazine back in September 2016 and stated that she actually deletes Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram from her phone. It's not permanent, though. The accounts aren't actually deactivated - she just removes them from her phone. Jenner stated that sometimes she needs to take a break from social media, especially because she has such a strong presence on every platform. 

Rob Kardashian

He hasn't tweeted anything since July 2017 and although he's still active on Instagram, Rob decided to make his account private after the spicy drama with his ex-fiance, Blac Chyna, unfolded.

The Kardashian was the center of attention for some time when all the details of his relationship with Chyna were spilled out into the open. From posting sexually explicit pictures, to dealing with accusations of infidelity and receiving a restraining order, Rob finally had enough and decided to step away from the limelight.

Justin Bieber

Bieber made a short departure from Instagram after his fans targeted his ex-girlfriend, Sofia Richie. He threatened to make his account private if the hate didn't stop. And with his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez chiming in, things just became more heated. The singer commented on a picture of him with Sofia saying,  “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – It should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you and supported you before any one did.”

Fans still kept commenting so he shut down his account entirely. The couple broke up shortly after and he returned to the social media website. Even after stating that Instagram is "for the devil" during his concert. 


This one came as a shock to everyone: Rihanna deleted her Instagram. Some sources state that this wasn't the singer's doing, though. Apparently, this was a technical error on Instagram's part, as the social media platform lost her infamous handle - @badgalriri. All was restored and Rihanna was back and active with her 54 million followers ever since. 

Taylor Swift

Swift didn't deactivate her Instagram - but she deleted all of her posts right before she released her Reputation album back in 2017, and only then decided to fully return. Back in 2015, she barely posted on Instagram and Twitter, saying that "people might need a break" from her, declaring a temporary blackout.

Megan Fox

The actress' social media presence didn't last long. After joining Twitter in January 2013, she posted "I'm incredibly late to the party but I'm here nonetheless, so what now?" However, Fox became bored with the platform. A couple of days later she added: "5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern it's [sic] purpose. #WhatIsThePoint ???" That was her last tweet, and the only site she's active on now is Facebook and, sometimes, Instagram.

Sam Smith

This exit was a bit of a mystery. The singer tweeted that he's going to take a break from social media in March 2016 - with no explanation as to why. Many speculated that this had something to do with the controversy that followed his claim that he was the first openly gay male to receive an Academy Award. Both events happened around the same time. In May 2017, he decided to become active again.

Lindsay Lohan

The actress has had her fair share of drama throughout her career. On GossipCop.com, her mother confirmed that her daughter needed to take a break from social media. Logan kept her accounts but deleted all of her Instagram and Twitter posts in 2017. She came back to Instagram in 2018 and has been posting occasionally since.

Ed Sheeran

In December 2015, Sheeran also declared that he needed a break from everything - including his phone, emails, and all of his social media. It doesn't seem like there was anything specific behind the departure, after the singer stated, "thank you for being amazing." He returned in 2017 but said that he's not going to read any more tweets because of the negativity.

Miley Cyrus

Miley's departure goes way back to 2009 when the singer tweeted that it was done out of "solidarity" with her current husband, Liam Hemsworth. Although a video was posted later on Youtube, where Cyrus admitted she needed to do so to protect her privacy. She returned a couple of years later, in March 2011, and has been highly active since.

John Mayer

The self-proclaimed "tweetaholic" quit the social media platform in September 2010 - which was pretty surprising, after he stated that Twitter was "uprising his creativity." In 2014, he lost the battle with his Twitter addiction and returned to the website. However, Mayer's been known to take short breaks since returning. 


Adele had to leave Twitter in 2012 after she started to receive offensive and hurtful comments that were related to her son Angelo's birth. She came back after a month, but she's never really been an active user, compared to other stars. The singer stated that most of her accounts are controlled by her management team.

Demi Lovato

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Just like Kanye, Demi's online presence has been on-and-off for years. Her most recent incident involved 21 Savage, which resulted in her taking yet another break from Twitter. Her previous departure was back in July 2018, after the actress had an overdose.

Lovato's first incident actually goes back to 2016 - when there was drama involved with Mariah Carey. The break was short - only one day long. She posted,  “I love my Lovatics too much to leave them over some lame a– haters... What was I thinking?!??.”

Selena Gomez

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Selena quit social media numerous times as well. She's mentioned before that she deletes certain apps on her phone from time to time (like Kendall) to get away from the negativity. In September 2018, the singer desperately needed to focus on her mental health and stopped posting for about four months after checking herself into a rehab facility.

She wrote, “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.” Gomez has returned since January 2019.

Some might argue that this is simply what our life's become in the 21st century, and that it's inescapable. How long would you last without social media? Do you think everyone needs to take a break, or should we just learn how to deal with the attention? Comment below!

Sources: News Day, People, J-14


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