11 Celebrities Cyberbullied Off Social Media: Ed Sheeran, Normani Kordei, & More

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11 Celebrities Cyberbullied Off Social Media: Ed Sheeran, Normani Kordei, & More

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11 Celebrities Cyberbullied Off Social Media: Ed Sheeran, Normani Kordei, & More

Social media is supposed to be a place for news, commentary, conversation, and maybe the occasional selfie. But Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have only brought pain to the following stars.

Ed Sheeran, for example, has excused herself from Twitter (again) after getting incessant flak from trolls (again).

Here are Ed’s ordeal and those of other cyberbullied celebrities who chose social media self-exile.

11 Celebrities Cyberbullied Off Social Media: Ed Sheeran, Normani Kordei, & More
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1. Normani Kordei

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1. Normani Kordei

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One fifth of Fifth Harmony took a break from Twitter after getting sent “tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate.”

Before Normani closed her account, she tweeted out a lengthy message to harmonizers explaining her decision. Her 5H pals quickly came to her defense.

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2. Daisy Ridley

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2. Daisy Ridley

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Looks like terrestrial problems got too real for Star Wars breakout Daisy Ridley, who reportedly shut down her Instagram account because commenters attacked her over her August 1 anti-gun post, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“[As] I sat in the audience yesterday tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence,” she wrote, in reference to the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

“I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must #stoptheviolence.”

We're with her.

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3. Leslie Jones

3. Leslie Jones

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She stopped blocking her Twitter trolls so followers could see all the hateful tweets she receives — including the blatantly racist ones — but then this Ghostbusters star decided to leave Twitter behind.

“I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much,” she wrote. “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.”

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4. Lena Dunham

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4. Lena Dunham

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The Girls star took a time-out from social media because she didn’t feel it was a “safe space,” particularly after trolls mocked an Instagram photo of her dressed in men’s boxers and a sports bra.

“It turned into the most rabid, disgusting debate about women's bodies, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,” she said on the Re/code Decode podcast.

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5. Zelda Williams

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5. Zelda Williams

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The daughter of late comedian Robin Williams, Zelda quit Twitter after users verbally attacked her and even sent her photos of a dead man resembling her father lying in a morgue.

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6. Matt Lucas

6. Matt Lucas

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This actor from Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland left Twitter after a teen user tweeted a joke about the 2009 suicide of Matt’s former civil partner.

“Shame on you,” he wrote back. “I'm not joking. I think you should delete that tweet. It really upset me.”

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7. Sue Perkins

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7. Sue Perkins

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She’s best known for hosting The Great British Bake Off, but fans were so irate by the idea of her hosting Top Gear, they tweeted her death threats.

“This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death,” she tweeted. “All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit.”

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8. Faye Marsay

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8. Faye Marsay

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“I got a lot of shit after Game of Thrones,” this actress said at a press conference following her gig as the HBO drama’s villainous Waif, per Digital Spy. “I’ve had people trying to figure out who I'm in a relationship with and all that shit.”

The now-30-year-old Brit told reporters she has gone cold turkey: “I’ve just come off Facebook three days ago. But I’ll go to check it and be like, ‘F—king hell, I’m not on that anymore,’ and thank god I’m not. It’s terrifying, social media. It terrifies me.”

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9. Alanna Masterson

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This star of The Walking Dead went dark on Instagram earlier this year — not long after posting a message to the users body-shaming her.

“Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it’s OK to comment on my weight: I hope that you don’t have children,” she wrote. “And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance.”

Happily, she’s back online these days.

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10. Josh McDermitt

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10. Josh McDermitt

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This Walking Dead star experienced even scarier interactions with fans online. Twitter users apparently thought he and his character, Eugene, were the same person — and their hatred of Eugene manifested in death threats toward Josh.

So Josh pulled the plug on his Twitter account in April.

“Death threats, don’t send me death threats, because I will report all that s—t to the cops,” he said in a video. 

“I’m just sick of it ... I gotta report that s—t, so just don’t be an a—hole. And just stop complaining. Just stop complaining about everything on the Internet. Just go spend time with your family or friends or loved ones. Just get off the Internet.”

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11. Ed Sheeran

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11. Ed Sheeran

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On July 3, the “Shape of You” singer told The Sun he’s scaling back on Twitter because of the haters:

“I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it. I go on it, and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter’s a platform for that. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it. The head-f—k for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”

In response, Lady Gaga stepped up for her friend:

“[Ed] deserves all our love and respect, like all humans do. I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and a part of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean.”

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12. Ed Sheeran (again)

12. Ed Sheeran (again)

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Two days after his widely-mocked Game of Thrones appearance, Ed deactivated his Twitter account once more. He gave no reason for his Twitter exit, but we can assume he wanted a break from the hate.

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Social media is supposed to be a place for news, commentary, conversation, and maybe the occasional selfie. But Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have only brought pain to the following stars.

Ed Sheeran, for example, has excused herself from Twitter (again) after getting incessant flak from trolls (again).

Here are Ed’s ordeal and those of other cyberbullied celebrities who chose social media self-exile.