And now, in other breaking news…
Kanye West’s social media followers were shocked and bewildered by the rap star’s sudden deletion of his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
He gone. @KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/hJLXtnxWBz
— f for fresh ? (@fforfresh) May 5, 2017
Insta too ? @KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/yFnXrNzfa4
— f for fresh ? (@fforfresh) May 5, 2017
Perhaps the rapper is cleaning his social media profile in anticipation on his supposed 2020 presidential bid, but so far no explanations have surfaced for the mystery.
RIP @kanyewest 🙁
Album of the century otw at least
— dan (@rockstarskinny_) May 5, 2017
@billboard That’s 1 way to get the people talking about you again and not your wife ???
— pushing for the top (@CASPERG770) May 6, 2017
West’s wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, still retains her Twitter account where she has over 51 million followers. She tweeted about her and her husband’s children’s clothing line shortly after West’s account disappeared.
Kanye hand drew our KIDS logo ❤️???
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 5, 2017
— CR FASHION BOOK (@CRFASHIONBOOK) May 5, 2017
Fans begged Kardashian to persuade West to return to social media.
@KimKardashian @KKWBADDIE Well tell him to hand draw his twitter and insta back
— Daddy Pay ?? (@Pay_west) May 5, 2017
@KimKardashian He’s so talented but where has his social media pages gone?! ?
— Jade Cook (@JadeKardashian_) May 5, 2017
@KimKardashian kanye deactivated 🙁
— Mateo Lorente (@mateolorente) May 5, 2017
@KimKardashian tell him get back on twitter
— Brian Sporman (@BrianSporman) May 5, 2017
@KimKardashian Tell him we miss him
— april. (@itsnotapril) May 5, 2017
According to the U.K.’s Independent:
Some have expressed concern that Kanye’s decision might be related to him ending his Saint Pablo tour early last November.
He had accused fellow rapper Jay-Z of trying to kill him and walked off stage after announcing he would vote for Donald Trump.
He was subsequently hospitalised in Los Angeles with what doctors referred to as “temporary psychosis” and 23 dates were cancelled.
While some may question why anyone even cares what the 39 year-old does with his social media accounts, his over 27 million Twitter followers would beg to differ. They loyally followed his tweets on topics from fashion to music to politics.
His controversial, often head-scratching tweets might be missed though, even by those who followed along for the sheer entertainment of watching the internet explode.
Back in February 2016, he set heads spinning when he tweeted “BILL COSBY INNOCENT” and later the same month, requested $1 billion from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to help him with his staggering $53 million debt. He caused a near riot in New York City last June when he tweeted about a secret concert being sold out and his meeting with then President-elect Trump at the end of 2016 caused liberals to have a meltdown.
The rap superstar had been more quiet on his Twitter recently, however. He had also reportedly increased security at his home, where he lives with his wife and two children, following Kardashian’s robbery experience last year. The 36 year-old actress and model was robbed of millions of dollars in jewelry at gunpoint in Paris.
While the disappearance of West’s social media accounts may have been earth-shattering news for some of his fans, many Twitter users found a new reason to celebrate.
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Kanye is no longer on Twitter or Instagram https://t.co/KTzO51EXst
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 5, 2017
@pitchfork How will the world go on?!?!?!!?
— Steve Maviano (@SteveMaviano) May 5, 2017
— Matt McCollow (@mmccollow) May 5, 2017
@pitchfork important news
— Dagoretti Records (@DagoReco) May 5, 2017
@pitchfork whatever will we do?
— Pat J. O’Brien (@patjobrien) May 6, 2017
— winepapi (@heyheywillwill) May 5, 2017
@yeezuzs AMEN. NOW YOU CAN FIND A REAL ROLE MODEL
— Frank Rizzo (@Frank_Rizzos) May 5, 2017
@yeezuzs Good, I hope this is permanent.
— F8krz&T8krz (@rape_the_system) May 6, 2017
oh my gosh, kanye west deactivated his twitter pic.twitter.com/PKTvnAQrrW
— swish (@yeezuzs) May 5, 2017
— Khylar (@inventedbykhy) May 5, 2017
— Robin Elizabeth (@impurfikt) May 5, 2017
— Robert #NewMiami ? (@Dolphins_Robert) May 5, 2017
@billboard 🙁 he was a twitter legend
— CoconutYoncé (@GCraazy) May 5, 2017
@billboard What about his career?
— Fer Cortes ➕✖➗ (@CortesFer1) May 5, 2017