I QUIT: Celebrities who left social media

Here’s a look back at a few celebrities who deleted or cleared their accounts and why

Teen Top is no longer on SNS
Teen Top is no longer on SNS
31 Jul 2015

Teen Top is no longer on SNS

All six members of K-pop boy band Teen Top deleted their personal social media accounts on July 2 to put a stop to dating rumours, all because of an Instagram like which sparked rumours about band member Niel dating a non-celebrity simply because he was the one who liked her post.

Member Changjo was also rumoured to be dating GLAM’s Jiyeon because the two artistes both posted photos showing similar backgrounds, causing fans to speculate that they were together at the time.

As a result, band leader C.A.P stated once and for all that they “will be deleting all personal accounts and will be delivering news through the official group account” because they “didn’t want to cause fans to worry”.

Shortly after celebrities clear or delete their accounts, they would normally end up restarting again, which makes us wonder – was it just for attention or were there actual reasons?

Here’s a look back at some of the account deletions and changes, as well as the reasons behind them.

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Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
31 Jul 2015

Nicki Minaj

Reason: She claims she “needed a moment to herself”

Final tweets: “Like seriously, it’s but so much a person can take. Good f***ing bye (sic)” and “And that’s exactly why I’m paying the barbz DUST right now! And deleting my twitter. Smdh – don’t cry 4 me argentina (sic)”

Even before her recent Twitter beef with Taylor Swift, Nicki once got rid of her account after getting a fan site removed for leaking tracks off her unreleased album. Those fans began to rally people against her, saying “She unfollowed us. How mean is she?”, and shortly after that, Nicki’s account was gone.

The rapper returned that same day very briefly to tweet, “On second thought I’ll just follow a new set of barbz. The ones I follow r very mean and ratchet. *side eyes them* *looks into the sea for more* (sic)” before deactivating her account again. Reviving her account eight days later, Nicki insisted the album leak incident wasn’t the cause of her temporary departure (she said “I just needed a moment to myself… I wouldn’t delete my Twitter over that” in the interview), but we find that pretty hard to believe.

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BIGBANG’s G-DRAGON
BIGBANG’s G-DRAGON
31 Jul 2015

BIGBANG’s G-DRAGON

Reason: He’d been found!

His personal account (@peaceeminusone) which he kept secret was exposed last year, revealing his second ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Instavideo where he nominated on-and-off girlfriend Japanese actress-singer Mizuhara Kiko.

His main account (@xxxibgdrgn) still remains and he has even reached a new milestone this year by crossing the five million followers mark.

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Photos: YG Entertainment, Dispatch and G-DRAGON's personal Instagram

Demi Moore
Demi Moore
31 Jul 2015

Demi Moore

Reason: Her account handle (@mrskutcher) had to go after her extremely public breakup and divorce from Ashton Kutcher

Demi deleted her Twitter and checked herself into rehabilitation because she was “exhausted” from the breakup. Five months after her split, she finally returned to the social networking site and asked her followers to decide on a new handle for her, but decided to go with @justdemi.

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Super Junior's Sungmin
Super Junior's Sungmin
31 Jul 2015

Super Junior's Sungmin

Reason: He didn’t give one, but his fellow actor spoke on behalf of him and said he was “busy”

Final tweet: “I’m quitting Twitter and this is my last post~ ^^ I’ve had fun… and thank you for the interest ^^ bye!! (sic)”

The Super Junior member left a happy goodbye note, stating that “it has been good fun” and deleted his account without giving a reason. Actor Lee Jong Han, who acted as his father in Musical Akilla then replied fans who questioned why, saying that he deleted twitter because he was too “busy” to “constantly check his phone”.

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Photo: S.M Entertainment

Kim Sa Eun
Kim Sa Eun
31 Jul 2015

Kim Sa Eun

Reason: Her posts generated dozens of hate comments

After a few days of posting couple photos with Sungmin (the couple got married last year) on Instagram, the both of them deleted their personal accounts due to a massive amount of hate comments telling Sungmin to leave Super Junior after he went public with their relationship in 2014. The actress still remains Instagram-less to date, but Sungmin has recreated his.

Photos: Fantagio

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
31 Jul 2015

Zayn Malik

Reason: An “overwhelming amount of negativity”

Final tweets: “The reason I don’t tweet as much as I used to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that I get daily. Goodbye twitter.” And “Fans that have something to say can tweet me on the one direction account”

His reason for leaving Twitter sounds similar to his reason for leaving One Direction. Additionally, he caused yet another fiasco earlier this year in May when he deleted all One Direction references from his Twitter, including changing his handle from @ZaynMalik1D to simply @ZaynMalik and deleting the link in his bio that led to the group’s website. Directioners expressed their devastation with the hashtag #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D.

Photo: Zayn Malik's Facebook

GOT7's Youngjae and JB
GOT7's Youngjae and JB
31 Jul 2015

GOT7's Youngjae and JB

Youngjae’s reason: He wanted to concentrate on school

Youngjae first ventured into Instagram early last year and quit a few months later because he “wanted to focus on studying for his college entrance exam”. Next, he created a new one again in December last year and deleted it in February before finally making up his mind and creating his current account on May 18 (@jbmtjr.jsyjbbyk).

On May 30, his fellow member Jaebum (JB) left fans very concerned when he suddenly deleted both his Instagram and Twitter with no reason left behind, but has since recreated his Instagram and Twitter with new handles @defjayb and @def_jayb, and began sharing new videos as well as photos of his performances.

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Photo: JYP Entertainment (Youngjae - Left, JB - Right)

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
31 Jul 2015

Miley Cyrus

Reason: She wants to keep her “private life private”

Final tweet: “FYI Liam doesn’t have a Twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason”

Her beau at the time, Liam Hemsworth, told her to delete her Twitter because he didn’t have one, but afterwards, she posted a YouTube video explaining the true reason why with a rap.

“No, it wasn’t because my friend told me to… I stopped living for moments and started living for people… Everything that I type and everything that I do, all those lame gossip sites take it and they make it news. I want my private life private… I ain’t living for tabloids, I’m living for me… And the truth is I’m too busy… I was a little obsessed but I’m peacing out and I’m leaving with this. Goodbye.”

Dramatic, but somewhat creative.

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EXO's Kai
EXO's Kai
31 Jul 2015

EXO's Kai

Reason: He accomplished the reason for creating it

Final post: “EXODUS CALL ME BABY, See you on the official homepage”

Kai created his account in mid-March and began promoting EXO’s new comeback album Exodus with videos of him dancing and performing, but deleted it less than a month later after he was finished with promotions.

He had one last cute moment on Instagram before leaving though, as wasn’t sure about how to delete his account and asked fans in the comments, “Where do you delete the account? Do I just need to log out?”

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Photo: S.M Entertainment

Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
31 Jul 2015

Emma Roberts

Reason: She received hateful comments after declaring she was on “Team Jacob”

Back then, it was a huge deal if you chose to be on either “Team Edward” (Robert Pattinson) or “Team Jacob” (Taylor Lautner) – your preferred pairing for the leading lady Bella Swan played by Kristen Stewart in the Twilight saga.

When the actress declared her stand on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, telling Robert Pattinson who was with her on the show: “Your hair looks wonderful in person but I have to say I’m Team Jacob”, she ended up creating a big uproar and deleted her Twitter account to stay out of it.

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Ian Fang
Ian Fang
31 Jul 2015

Ian Fang

Reason: He wanted to restart with a consistent theme

The local actor didn't leave, but he emptied his Instagram during the last week of June and is back up to speed as he began posting new photos with a new “theme” or meaning.

However, he never publicly addressed why he cleared the account and left fans questioning: “What’s with the restart?” For the record, when we last checked with Ian, he just wants to start things on a clean slate.

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Photo: Ian Fang's Facebook

CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
31 Jul 2015

CeeLo Green

Reason: He was accused of rape and made an insensitive comment about it

Final tweet: “I sincerely apologise for my comments being taken so far out of context… Please forgive me… I’d never condone the harm of any women. Thank you.”

CeeLo’s insensitive comments about rape, including “People who have really been raped remember”, turned netizens against him and caused a major spat online.

The rapper began to rant about the topic after he was accused on Twitter of raping a woman who claimed that she woke up naked next to CeeLo and accused him of drugging her with ecstasy. After finishing up his rant, he apologized, quickly deleted the tweets and his account altogether.

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