'I Can't Do This': Lizzo Quits Twitter While On Australian Tour
Twitter trolls have struck again, and this time they've driven singer Lizzo away from the social media platform.
Social media can, at times, be a breeding ground for cruel, hate-filled comments courtesy of keyboard warriors hiding behind a screen. Their most recent victim has come in the form of pop phenomenon, Lizzo.
The singer, who is currently touring Australia in partnership with FOMO to raise money for the bushfire relief fund, announced that she would be departing the social media platform due to incessant comments from online bullies.
"Yeah I can’t do this Twitter sh-t no more.. too many trolls..." the "Truth Hurts" singer tweeted, adding: "I’ll be back when I feel like it."
She later elaborated on her decision during an Instagram Live session prior to her Sydney performance at the Opera House on Monday night, where she said: “I just want to say that I, you know, I just took a DNA test and it turns out I quit Twitter. I quit Twitter. I’m off it. All social media is not created equal."
She continued: “I would love to be on Twitter ’cause I could connect with you people who positively support me… not to mention spreading my own positive messages."
"But now I’ve gotten to a point where I’m not just dealing with Internet bullies, I’m dealing with seeing a lot of negativity on the Internet dealing with everyone."
She added that while trolls don't bother her, she can't stand when users begin attacking one another.
“… when I see how, not just insensitive, but hateful and hurtful we are towards each other—when I just log on every day and see something devastating and something tragic every single day. Even from my well of positivity, I feel it and it doesn’t feel good,” she added.
It comes after the star had been targeted with a slew of body-shaming comments by trolls, whom she regularly replied to on the platform.
More recently, the singer had received major backlash during her performance at a Laker's game in early December, where she donned a t-shirt that exposed her butt cheeks.
Following the criticism, she took to Instagram Live to post a video slamming those who had a problem with her costume.
“Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself,” she said on Instagram live. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.”
“Nothing really breaks my joy,” she continued. “I’m a really solid, grounded person, and I know that I’m shocking because you’ve never seen in a long time a body like mine doing whatever it wants to do and dressing the way that it dresses and moving the way that it moves.”
During her latest performance in Sydney, Lizzo addressed the bushfire crisis in an emotional speech prior to performing "Juice", where she said that she felt "connected" to the audience during such a trying time.
“I just want to tell you, more than my heart going with you, I am with you. I am with you every step of the way. I will not shut up until you get these fires out. I’m an artist and that’s what artists do, they speak up for the people,” she began.
After telling the audience there were donation buckets present at the show, she added, “I’m donating and I wanted to facilitate that at my show.”
Lizzo is just one of many celebs in recent times who have turned away from Twitter, with both 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobbie Brown and 'Star Wars' actress Kelly Tran quitting the platform after facing harassment from trolls.