Newly married actor Stephen Fry, 57, a prolific social media user, has quit Instagram and taking a hiatus from Twitter.
The British actor and comedian recently married his partner Elliott Spencer and Fry posted a photo of the couple signing the register together.
Overnight Fry posted a blank image to his Instagram with the caption, “Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of everything. Closing down. It was, briefly, fun. Bye.” He has also changed his bio to, “Hounded off. Goodbye.” Fry is also taking a break from his Twitter account, he announced this with a pinned tweet explaining he will not be tweeting at all until May.
Fans of the actor have expressed their support for the actor, with speculation that increased media interest following his marriage may be behind his decision to leave the photo sharing platform.
It’s not the first time that Fry has turned his back on social media. He quit Twitter for four days in 2010 after he claimed in an interview that women did not enjoy sex. After much criticism, Fry later tweeted that he had been misquoted.
Fry isn’t the only celebrity to quit social media in a rather dramatic fashion. Alec Baldwin has an on and off relationship with Twitter after several fiery outbursts, singer John Mayer quit Twitter claiming it was making his brain “smaller” and stopping him from being able to write songs, Sinead O’Connor left behind her social media presence after using it to talk about her mental health, she later wrote on her website, “Twitter is sadly not safe for people who do what I do for a living.”