Chrissy Teigen, a prolific tweeter who the company once called Twitter’s mayor, left the social media platform Wednesday night. In a series of tweets now deletedTeigen said that Twitter “no longer serves me as positively as negatively, and I think it is the right time to call something.”
The model and media personality who is married to singer John Legend had a witty presence on Twitter, and had 13.7 million followers on the platform, which she joined more than a decade ago. Teigen tweeted about everything from her children to her. kitchen projects to personal challenges in her life, including a miscarriage she suffered last October. It was made famous on Twitter by former President Trump (who was ousted from the platform in January) and was one of the few accounts tracked by the official POTUS account when President Biden took office.
Twitter even promoted her as its unofficial mayor, doing a “behind the tweets” video segment in 2019 where she told a backstory on several of her high-profile tweets.
But Teigen was also the target of virulent abuse and ongoing harassment both on and off Twitter. Pizzagate conspiracy theorists unsubstantiated that Teigen and Legend were part of the nonexistent pedophile ring allegedly run at a Washington, DC pizzeria. He said he deleted thousands of tweets and blocked more than a million Twitter accounts last July after continued harassment from QAnon followers. “For years I have received so many small blows from 2 followers that at this point I am honestly deeply hurt,” she tweeted Wednesday.
This is a very bad aspect for Twitter, which despite all its efforts to reduce harassment on its platform, failed to protect a woman of color, and possibly one of its more well-known personalities, from being attacked and harassed. The company declined to comment. The edge Thursday.
Here is the full statement from Teigen, which he tweeted before deleting his account:
Hey. For more than 10 years, you have been my world. Honestly, I owe a lot to this world that we have created here. I really consider many of you my true friends.
But it’s time for me to say goodbye. This no longer serves me as positively as negatively, and I think it is the right time to call something.
My goal in life is to make people happy. The pain I feel when I don’t is too much for me. I have always been portrayed as the strong girl with the palms, but I am not. My desire to be liked and fear of pissing people off have turned me into someone you didn’t sign up for, and a different human being than the one I started here! Live well, tweeters.
Disclosure: John Legend is on the board of directors of Vox Media, The edgemother company.