Nicki MinajNicki Minaj will have 30 days to decide whether or not she wants to return to Twitter under @NICKIMINAJ. On Sunday, the 29-year-old wrote a brief farewell on the account, appropriately ending the tweet with “Good f**king bye.”
John MayerBefore Lady Gaga surpassed all with her record setting 22 million followers, John Mayer was on his way to similar, astronomical numbers. In September 2010, with more than 3.7 million followers reading his words, the singer-songwriter called it quits. “I was a tweetaholic . . . I had four million Twitter followers and I was always writing on it. And I stopped using Twitter as an outlet and I started using Twitter as the instrument to riff on . . . I couldn’t write a song,” Mayer told Rolling Stone in 2011. Rest easy fans, Mayer is now a frequent Tumblr user, at jhnmyr.tumblr.com.
James FrancoRemember when James Franco hosted the Oscars in 2011? Remember when James Franco gave up-to-the-minute updates from the Oscars -- on Twitter? As entertaining as his Twitter account was, Franco surprised all when he left the social media site some two months later. “My thought was ‘this is my Twitter. I can do whatever I want.’ But certain companies I work with contacted me about what I was saying,” he told Politco after he shut down his Twitter account. Franco now shares everything – and we mean everything – on http://www.jamesfrancotv.com/
Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin temporarily said goodbye to Twitter after his now infamous American Airlines/Words With Friends fiasco. Nearly one month after the December AA incident, Baldwin quietly returned to Twitter, writing “Back on Twitter.” The 54-year-old actor recently went on another Twitter rant, this time involving a stalker (who has since been arrested and in court) and reporters camping outside his Manhattan apartment. “Media in the US is dull. Deadening. uninformative . You’re better off with reading. Or radio,” Baldwin wrote on Apr. 12.
Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus left the Twitter scene in 2009, when she wrote to her millions of followers, “FYI Liam doesn’t have a Twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason,” referring to her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. She returned 17 months later, and currently has more than 5.4 million followers.
Courtney LoveCourtney Love quit Twitter twice – once in 2009 for posting offensive tweets about fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, and again in 2010 for posting a series of racy photos for “a boyfriend.” Love now has a private Twitter account, with 547 approved followers. Love and Twitter made headlines last week after the Hole rocker lashed out at Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for hitting on her daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Ashton KutcherAfter posting a tweet about Joe Paterno in November, in the middle of the whole Penn State scandal, Kutcher handed over his Twitter seat to a management team. “I quickly retracted and deleted my previous post, however that didn’t seem enough to satisfy peoples outrage at my misinformed post. I truly am sorry if I offended anyone and more over am going to take action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” Kutcher wrote on his blog, aplusk.posterous.com.
Lily AllenUK songstress Lily Allen took a five month break from Twitter (and Facebook) in late 2009. “I am a neo-luddite, goodbye,” she wrote to her fans on Twitter before reportedly also quitting MySpace and giving away her laptop and Blackberry. Now, under the handle @MrsLRCooper, the singer writes daily to more than 3.4 million followers.
Nicki Minaj has said goodbye to Twitter -- temporarily.
The 29-year-old singer has deleted @NICKIMINAJ, leaving more than 11 million of her followers wondering, what happened?
Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f**king bye, Minaj wrote on Sunday, before deactivating her Twitter.
The fan site has since deleted its contents, except for the word CLOSED and Minaj's 2010 song, Dear Old Nicki playing in the background.
Over the weekend, Minaj hinted to her Barbz -- fans -- that she was on her way to the Twitter exit door.
And that's exactly why I'm paying the barbz DUST right now! And deleting my twitter. Smdh - don't cry 4 me argentina . . . on 2nd thought I'll just follow a new set of barbz. The ones I follow r very mean and ratchet. *side eyes them* *looks into the sea 4 more*, she wrote.
This Twitter fiasco is the latest Minaj headline to hit the music world. Just last week, her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 253,000 copies in its first week.
Minaj, who has 30 days to reactivate her account, is not the first celebrity to quit Twitter. At least two celebrities have bid adieu to the fail whale and its hashtags for good (James Franco, John Mayer). Others have opted for temporary breaks (Miley Cyrus, Alec Baldwin). One recent case involved a public changing of the guard, after receiving much criticism for supporting one controversial football coach (Ashton Kutcher).
As Minaj takes a much needed break from Twitter (and as fans patiently wait for a possible return), here's a look at other celebrities that have left Twitter, and those that have come back.