There are a lot of people who love Chrissy Teigen. The model turned cookbook author turned entrepreneur has millions of followers on Instagram, and until earlier this week, also had millions of fans following her every thought on Twitter. That platform, in particular, has been a boon in her career, with her every smart / sassy clap back making news whenever she shut down a troll online. But, in a move that shocked fans, Teigen decided to leave Twitter a few days ago, and she's now revealed exactly why that was the right step for her to take.
For many of the people on Twitter, this has truly felt like the end of an era. Chrissy Teigen joined the platform way back in May 2009, and became very well known for her reactions to popular shows, funny commentary on many aspects of life and, of course, all those witty and cutting clap backs. Her Twitter is now deactivated, so she took to Instagram to reveal her decision to quit in even more detail, saying, in part:
It’s true! The platform no longer serves me as positively as it does negatively, so with that I bid you adieu...It’s not the platform. It’s not the “bullying”. And it’s not the trolls. The trolls I can deal with, although it weighs on you. It’s just me. I have to come to terms with the fact some people aren’t gonna like me. I hate letting people down or upsetting people and I feel like I just did it over and over and over. Someone can’t read that they disappointed you in some way every single day, all day without physically absorbing that energy. I can feel it in my bones.
Chrissy Teigen is nothing if not completely honest about her thoughts and feelings when it comes to sharing online, and it's good to see that that won't stop just because she left Twitter behind. It would seem that the truth of the matter behind her decision is the same thing that leads a lot of people to take social media breaks or give up platforms all together. While Teigen doesn't put the blame on bullying or trolls, or others who enjoy taking her every activity and criticizing her for it, she does say that it's just hard to deal with so many people not liking her, publicly, on a daily basis.
There are, no doubt, many of her fans who will understand this feeling quite well. As most of us know, if you voice your opinions online you will almost certainly get at least a little bit of negativity for them, and the same goes for those of us who like to post pictures of ourselves or our lives, when those things don't somehow live up to what strangers see as being some mythical standard we're all supposed to meet. As Teigen said, she feels those comments just like anyone else might, and doesn't like the idea of disappointing people, which is one reason why it started to weigh on her and really impact her mentally.
So far, Chrissy Teigen is still on Instagram, and I suppose we'll all see whether or not that environment also becomes too negative for her to deal with on a regular basis. Though, I will say, I hope that doesn't happen. Teigen's unfiltered, frequently funny opinions are a great balm for times when you need something a little bright on social media, and I'm sure her many fans would miss having her around.