Iggy Azalea has made the decision to quit Twitter, claiming the social media site was turning her into an “angry person”.
The Australian rapper has been involved in several Twitter feuds as of late, including with fellow rap artists Azealia Banks and Eminem, but claims the final straw came when she was bombarded with comments about photos of her in a bikini.
Following what was no doubt a much-needed break in the Hawaii sunshine, paparazzi photos taken of Iggy in a bikini were shared online, prompting lots of criticism about her body being thrown in her direction.
Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a perve with long distance lense hiding out taking pictures, everyone deserves peace.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
On Thursday, she revealed to her fans that she’d had enough, explaining that she was taking a break from Twitter because she found being a presence on social media “too negative and draining”.
I feel the hatred and pettiness i see online at all times is at making me become an angry person and I cannot be that.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
To become nasty because of the way I feel iam treated would be a disservice to my fans and I promise i will try to keep smiling.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
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
She rounded off her string of posts by wishing her fans “peace” before adding: “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is [sic].”
The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015
Despite having now handed her Twitter page over to her management, it looks as though Iggy will still be posting on her Instagram page, sharing three different outtakes from a recent photo-shoot with her fans on Thursday alone.
Earlier this month, Iggy revealed some of the abuse she was subjected to on a daily basis, when she took part in a ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves’ skit, alongside Katy Perry and Jessie J.
Meanwhile, at the Golden Globes last month, ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham made a similar claim to Iggy, telling reporters on the red carpet that she had deleted the Twitter app from her smartphone so she could take some time away from what she described as “the dark side of the Internet”.