American model and TV presenter Chrissy Teigen has left fans stunned today, announcing she is leaving Twitter after more than 10 years on the social media platform.
Teigen had crafted a reputation as one of the most popular, outspoken – and at times, controversial – celebrities using Twitter. But it seems she’s experienced one social media backlash too many, telling her 13.8 million followers it was “time to say goodbye” in a series of tweets posted today.
“For over 10 years, you guys have been my world. I honestly owe so much to this world we have created here. I truly consider so many of you my actual friends,” Teigen began.
“But it’s time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something. My life goal is to make people happy. The pain I feel when I don’t is too much for me. I’ve always been portrayed as the strong clap back girl but I’m just not,” she continued.
Teigen went on to write that her “desire to be liked” had taken a toll, explaining that she’d “taken so many punches” from people tweeting from smaller accounts “that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised”.
“God I have said f**ked up sh*t and killed myself over it as much as you killed me. But one thing I haven’t learned is how to block out the negativity,” she wrote.
“I’m just a sensitive sh*t, okay!? I don’t wanna be this way! I just am! But I love you guys and I cherish our time together, I truly do. I also hate you.”
Minutes later, Teigen’s entire account was deleted.
It’s unclear what exactly sparked this decision from Teigen, but interacting with a since-deleted tweet sent by another user she wrote: “You guys are truly just f***ing mean. I’ll never get over it.”
This won’t be the first time Teigen has quit Twitter – last year, she briefly exited the platform after an ugly public spat with chef Alison Roman.
Teigen said that following the initial support from social media users during the feud, many went on to blast her with false rumours.
“This is what always happens. The first day, a ton of support, then the next, 1 million reasons as to why you deserved this. It never fails,” she tweeted at the time, explaining she was “taking a break” from Twitter.
The break was short-lived – and since then, there have been further controversies. A few months later she used a program to mass-block more than one million accounts when conspiracy theorists linked her to the late convicted felon Jeffrey Epstein.
And just last month she was accused of being out-of-touch when she tweeted a complaint about her and husband John Legend getting tricked into ordering a $13,000 bottle of wine in a restaurant.
The decision to step back from Twitter comes after a difficult few months for Teigen, who suffered a miscarriage in October last year. At the time, she shared harrowing details of her ordeal across social media, revealing that she and Legend had already named their unborn son Jack.