"If I don't say something in a rap or on Twitter, it's not true," Kanye West told Us Weekly back in April, thus giving his Twitter musings an added stamp of credibility.
So when West tweets, we listen up. And the "Watch the Throne" rapper invariably has a lot on his mind.
Sometimes, he's reminiscing about accompanying his mom to discount fur stores as a child. Sometimes, he's voicing his sartorial pet peeves, such as "button up shirts with hoodies," "khaki trench coats with jeans and off brand work out sneakers" and "big ass striped scarves." Sometimes, he reflects on the nature of profanity. And sometimes, he shares photos flaunting his girlfriend Kim Kardashian's enviable curves.
Needless to say, we were greatly disappointed to discover that West has deleted all of the aforementioned gems from his account, cryptically commenting, "BE BACK SOON" (and prompting the question, back from where? Paris Fashion Week? Looking for a Halloween costume to top last year's "Thriller" getup? Scouting more exotic pets for Kim? Hanging out with former CIA director George Tenet?)
No word on whether the notoriously publicity shy, social-media averse Kardashian will follow suit. But in the meantime, rest assured that Kanye will continue to read her tweets: Hers is now the only account he's following.
BE BACK SOON
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) October 4, 2012
See what other stars have quit Twitter:
Adele quit in November after Twitter trolls bombarded the site with disgusting insults and taunts when news broke that the "Someone Like You" singer had given birth. Since then, the singer has rejoined Twitter.
The "30 Rock" star quit Twitter for the second time in July after getting married to Hilaria Thomas. (He first quit in December, after ranting about getting booted off an American Airlines flight). Update: Alec Baldwin rejoined the Twitter universe again in 2013.
There are only two words that need to be said about Miley Cyrus quitting Twitter, back in 2009, and they are This. Video.
Make up your mind already! Amanda Bynes took to Twitter to announce that she was retiring from acting, at age 24, in June 2010. A month later, Bynes announced she was unretiring from acting. Then, in September the same year, she announced she was sacking her Twitter account, only to reemerge (with skin-baring photos) under the new handle @msamandabynes. The account is not visible to the public.
John Mayer admitted in June 2010 that he was "pretty much done" with his Twitter account, saying that "every night I think about canceling my Twitter account." The self-professed "tweetaholic" did delete his account, but, like any true addict, rejoined.
After tweeting what many considered to be dark suicidal thoughts and cries for sexual attention on her Twitter account in 2011, the singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor did away with her account, the cheekily-named @howryeh. In September 2011, O'Connor, who suffers from bi-polar disorder, told the Guardian that her Twitter posts had been a "cry for help."
He didn't quit, per se, but the "Two and a Half Men" actor and public internet entrepreneur announced he would be seeking Twitter management with the firm Katalyst Media after publicly scolding Penn State over the firing of Jerry Sandusky, before he had read news about the molestation scandal. "While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans, I've come to realize that it has grown into more [than] a fun tool to communicate with people," Kutcher wrote on his blog.
He's done it before, but Chris Brown most recently quit his Twitter account -- and removed most of his timeline -- in November 2011 after ranting about Rihanna. A sign that Brown had had enough: "I don't say s**t to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! that s**t happened three years ago!" the singer wrote.