Halsey Has Left Twitter And We Totally Support Her
People weren't nice enough and now she's gone...
Over the weekend, Halsey fans got a bit of a shock when they went to check her Twitter. Seemingly out of the blue and with no real explanation, Halsey had deleted her account. However, it hasn’t come as much of a surprise for some people, as Halsey has been openly struggling with social media for a while now.
Last month, the singer publicly pleaded with waiting fans outside Radio 1 saying, “please don’t be mean to me” after fans claimed she was ignoring them during a long day of press interviews.
In the video clips, a visibly upset Halsey promised she would meet fans but that she just hadn’t had time yet and begged them to stop sending her nasty messages online.
More recently, Halsey received more online abuse for posting an image on her Instagram without crediting the original artist. Let’s face it, accidents happen and the death threats Halsey received for this were unwarranted.
We could go on. It’s happened a lot and for some reason (we literally can’t figure this out because Halsey is amazing), she seems to be something of a magnet for online attacks. Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for artists to receive trolling online so if Halsey needs some time away from it, we’re 100% behind her.
Halsey has always used her platform to do a lot of good, speaking openly about her sexuality and bipolar disorder whilst encouraging others to do the same. This crossed over to social media, and she told Billboard, “I talk to [my followers] like real f**king human beings, because they are,” but that, “there’s also a sense of entitlement, where they feel like they have the right to chastise me like they would a friend. And sometimes you want to be like, ‘Who the f**k are you to say that?’”.
It’s a shame then that an artist who has always been willing to be so open and connected to her fans has felt such a negative response to it that that she’s been forced to leave it behind, even temporarily.
When celebrities have millions of followers, it’s easy to forget that there’s still a person behind the account. Halsey reminds us that negative comments can have a huge impact on a person’s mental wellbeing and that we should think about where a comment on social media is going before sending it. That goes for everybody, celebrity or otherwise.
Since her account deactivated, there’s been an outpouring online of people tweeting their support for her and begging her to re-activate. 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin Tweeted, “Come back @Halsey, we need ya, you are makin a difference”.
She is making a difference and of course we would love Halsey to come back but only if she feels ready. Sometimes, for celebrities and us normal people alike, it can be good to take a break from social media and hopefully if and when she does come back to Twitter, those leaving negative comments will have learned the consequences they can have. Until then, she’s totally still on Instagram so there’s always that!