Iggy Azalea, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez + 12 Other Celebs Who At Least Once Broke Up With Social Media


Social media platforms like Instagram and are vastly important to millions, yet some of the world’s biggest stars have famously signed off from them — some for only hours, others never to return, but some did it because of the scandals. Nexter.org made a list of celebrities who broke up with social media.

Iggy Azalea


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Rapper Iggy Azalea deactivated her Instagram and accounts after topless photos of her surfaced which she said left her feeling “violated.”

The images appeared online over the weekend and Azalea said in a since-deleted note on social media that they were from a 2016 GQ magazine shoot.

A 2016 story on GQ’s Australia site titled “Iggy Azalea Gifts Plastic Surgeon Signed Topless Photo” features a photo of the Australian rapper with her hands strategically placed on her breasts.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left Facebook due to the rise of criticism. However, she is still an Instagram and user.

“I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said. “Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism — I think that it poses these issues to everyone.”

“I’ve started to impose little rules on myself,” she said. “You will see me hop on on the weekends, but for the most part … I take the weekends off.”


Demi Lovato


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Demi Lovato shut down her account Sunday after users piled on criticism of her laughing at memes about 21 Savage.

The rapper was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Sunday and reportedly faces deportation. When the news came out that he may actually be British, memes shortly followed.

In a now-deleted tweet, Lovato said, “So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.”

Demi then shared an explanation on Instagram Stories, writing “wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke..not [sic] have I EVER laughed about that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry If I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.”



Just the other day, Lovato celebrated six months of sobriety after her July overdose.

Will Poulter


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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Will Poulter (you might have seen him in We’re The Millers, The Maze Runner and Detroit) has officially left due to the abuse over last Netflix Black Mirror movie.

“I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched ‘Bandersnatch’ and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created,” said Poulter. 

“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,” continued Poulter. “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.”


Though there were a lot of bullies trolling him lately, there is also a number of people that supported Will Poulter with kind words.

Lili Reinhart

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Riverdale star, Lili Reinhart, announced that she’s leaving because of the negativity comments and hatred she deals with every day on the social media website.

“Do people on ever get tired of being so negative and disrespectful to literally everyone and everything? Are they really that miserable?” she wrote in Instagram Stories.

“There’s hate everywhere, but especially on . 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,” she added.

“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.”


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She also added: “Hate to break it to you online trolls: spreading your hate and overall negativity online won’t make you any less miserable.”

Ruby Rose


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The CW Network has cast Ruby Rose as Batwoman as it was a “priority to cast an openly gay actress to take on the role,” after the scandal with Scarlett Johansson that was supposed to play the transgender character.

The Australian actress who sees herself as “gender fluid,” was suggested by users that she was not right for the role, focusing on her sexuality.

“Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from,” she wrote before deleting her account.” I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’.”

She also added: “When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable… When we tear each other down, it’s much more hurtful than from any group. But hey, love a challenge.”

“I feel like the reason I get so emotional, growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero,” Rose said. “I have always had this saying — I mean, not me, Oscar Wilde — which is be yourself because everyone else is taken. So I always live by that motto, and the second motto when I came into the industry was be the person that you needed when you were younger. I feel like one motto led to another.”


Millie Bobby Brown


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14-year-old “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brownhas deleted her  account after various  users posted memes depicting her as a violent homophobe, some garnering thousands of reacts.

The meme-generators generally take various selfies and photos of Brown, and add homophobic statements and slurs. Brown is public supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement and has previously voiced support for Parkland shooting survivors.

The reason behind the memes remains unclear, though several users have claimed they originated as an inside joke for LGBT tweeters.

Meghan Markle


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Royal life has its own rules. Thus, following her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle deactivated her all her social media accounts.

Kensington Palace told the BBC that the former “Suits” actress reportedly took the step because her , Instagram and Facebook pages “haven’t been used for some time.” In April 2017, she also shut down her lifestyle blog, TheTig.com, writing, “After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye.”

Chrissy Teigen


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Television personality, model and normally prolific user, Chrissy Teigen, briefly quit the platform in October 2014 after receiving venomous comments in response to her posts relating to a shooting incident that took place in Ottawa, Canada, that same month.

“I feel sick,” Teigen tweeted on Oct. 23, 2014, “Bye . Taking my talents to Instagram,” but returned a week later, posting on Nov. 1, 2014: “I’m bored. I missed you guys.”

Megan Fox


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Actress Megan Fox joined on Jan. 3, 2013, posting “I’m incredibly late to the party but I’m here nonetheless, so what now?” However, Fox seemingly lost interest less than a week later, tweeting on Jan. 9, 2013: “5 days on and I have yet to discern it’s [sic] purpose. #WhatIsThePoint ???” She hasn’t tweeted since, but is a steady user of Facebook.

Ed Sheeran


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Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran posted a message to his , Facebook and Instagram pages in December of 2015 that declared he was taking a break from his “phone, emails and all social media for a while,” but aimed for an amicable departure by closing his statement with “thank you for being amazing.” However, after posting a blank, blue square across his three aforementioned outlets on Dec. 13, 2016, he returned to his social media platforms on Jan. 1, 2017. Sheeran has since announced (in July 2017) that he has stopped reading tweets from other people due to negativity – but still posts to Instagram, and that feed forwards to, and is currently populating, his account.





After giving birth to son Angelo in October 2012, chart-topping pop singer Adele received some hurtful, insulting comments on . She quit in November 2012, although by the end of the month the account started to feature new posts. Adele has never been a fervent tweeter; her account only holds 277 tweets (as of early December 2016) since August 2010 (despite having more than 27 million followers).

Furthermore, she has since revealed that while she writes her own tweets, the account is controlled by her management team, and that posts must be approved before going live.

Emma Stone


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Following a hack in 2012, “Superbad” actress Emma Stone abandoned social media and hasn’t returned. She admitted in a 2013 radio interview to only tweeting a single time before hackers hijacked her account, leaving her locked out and unable to delete that account.

Louis C.K.


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Comedian and actor Louis C.K. has expressed in interviews that tweeting for him was a disappointing experience, further explaining he felt that is too consuming and that it distracts people from truly taking in experiences. His account was deactivated in late 2014, and currently remains as such.


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez + 12 Other Celebs Who At Least Once Broke Up With Social Media
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez + 12 Other Celebs Who At Least Once Broke Up With Social Media
Social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter are vastly important to millions, yet some of the world’s biggest stars have famously signed off from them — some for only hours, others never to return, but some did it because of the scandals. Nexter.org made a list of celebrities who broke up with Twitter.

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