'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Star Steps Away From Twitter To Focus On Mental Health
Will Poulter has revealed that he'll be taking a break from social media.
Revealing the news in a statement written in Apple's notes app, the actor -- who plays game creator Colin Ritman in the hugely popular 'choose your own adventure' episode of 'Black Mirror' -- spoke out about his reasons behind the decision.
“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” he began the announcement, before thanking fans for their support after the episode's release and subsequent popularity.
“It’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce,” he said.
“There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided,” he continued, adding, “It’s a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.”
“I don’t want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful,” he added, though he added he would still be posting on behalf of charities -- including an anti-bullying organisation -- that he is currently working with.
“I am privileged to have this platform. I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone,” the 25-year-old continued.
“This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path. With love, Will,” he concluded.
Since his post, fans have come out blasting bullies who took aim at Poulter and made disparaging comments about his looks.
It's definitely not the first time a celebrity has chosen to step back from social media due to their mental health. Just last month, comedian Pete Davidson posted a worrying note over Instagram that detailed his declining mental health and suicidal thoughts due to relentless cyberbullying following his break-up with Ariana Grande.
Following the post, he deleted his accounts.
Poulter joins a long list of stars including Millie Bobbie Brown, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ruby Rose and Cardi B who have deleted various social media platforms due to harassment and bullying.