UPDATE: She's baaack.
— baby h (@halsey) April 8, 2016
After struggling to get through to fans and foes alike, Halsey decides she wants out of social media.
While alternative-pop singer Halsey has yet to score a mainstream hit, she has acquired a considerable fanbase online. Their love for her angsty, sensual sound has fuelled her star profile enough to land on a song with Justin Bieber and to travel the world playing various tours as support act and numerous music festivals.
It would seem, however, that her time in the spotlight has become difficult. While Halsey has never shied away from discussing her battles with mental illness in media interviews, it appears sharing this with often unpredictable online crowds has backfired on her. Last night, dedicated fans were shocked to find out she had deactivated her Twitter account with no prior warning or goodbye message.
Halsey has been experiencing the cruelty most new artists are treated with by the public, having been picked apart for everything from publicising her illness to the strength of her singing voice. After posting artwork to her Instagram with no credit, the backlash appeared to reach fever pitch. Any visit to the numerous photos on her Insta will display countless vile comments calling her cruel names. She has now verified credit to the artist with the caption "Sorry, I didn't know".
Halsey's decision to delete comes just days after another female singer succumbed to the pressures of continued online harassment, R&B singer Kehlani tried to take her own life after being accused of cheating on her boyfriend, by online fans. In the past, Iggy Azalea has taken a hiatus over continued bullying and Sam Smith is currently in the middle of one, after a few politically incorrect blunders. Just a few weeks ago, Halsey addressed fans waiting to meet her saying "Please don't write mean things about me online, I have so much work to do".
After Halsey's Twitter account went down, the hashtag #HalseyDeactivatedParty trended worldwide seemingly undermining the seriousness of attacking people online.
The singer has not yet commented on her decision but did recently post a photo of flowers on her Instagram, and the comments beside the image are notably less vile:
While avoiding being affected by cyber bullying might seem as simple as walking away, unless a celebrity has really messed up publicly, is there any need for people to mass attack them?