Ariana Grande took a break from Instagram after Pete Davidson deleted his

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I just started using Instagram after finally switching from an iPhone to a Samsung. It took about three days before I was kicking myself for not getting a new phone sooner. (Androids can multitask and the battery doesn’t die after a couple of hours.) Anyway follow me if you want! I’m mostly going to post our stories but I’m also into thrift shopping and retro fashion, dogs and fitness. Dlisted is on Instagram now too and you can follow Hecate here!

Although I’m still getting the hang of Instagram, I understand the need to take a break. I’ve done it several times with my personal Facebook account. It can be a time suck and the negativity, particularly from people you consider friends, can drag you down. (Plus eff Facebook.) It must be much harder to deal with comments if you’re a famous person. Pete Davidson has deleted all his photos and posts on Instagram, posting the following IG story to explain his decision. He has 2.2 million followers.

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On a technical note, there’s an option in Instagram, just like the one in Facebook, to temporarily disable your account. That way you can get a break without removing all your content. You can’t follow people unless you have an account though. So Pete probably wanted to keep up with Instagram without dealing with comments on the things he says and posts there.

As for why he quit, a lot of outlets claim it’s over responses to a comment he made on Ariana’s post to her late grandfather:

The day before the dramatic cleansing — which included wiping his Instagram of photos of himself with fiancee Ariana Grande — Davidson faced backlash from commenters on a pic the 25-year-old pop star posted in memory of her grandfather.

“Miss n love you forever my best friend #4years,” Grande wrote alongside a photo of herself with her grandpa, to which Davidson replied, “omg what a cutie.”

Fans assumed that Davidson was referring to his love and hit back calling his comment “unnecessary” and “inappropriate.”

Davidson defended himself writing, “Are you guys all insane? I was talking about how cute her grandpa is. What’s wrong with that? You guys will really look for anything to attack people. It’s sad.”

[From US Magazine]

Again, I don’t get why Pete didn’t just disable his Instagram instead of wiping it. It seems like a waste to delete all that content.

In the wake of Pete deleting his entire IG account, Ariana Grande turned off comments on hers and has announced that she’s taking a break from IG and Twitter and is going to focus more on Snapchat. You know that Snapchat’s stock is about to rise. (It’s also possible that Ariana disabled her Instagram account. As of publication time her main page returns an error, although I am able to view individual posts she’s made. Update: her page works fine in the app but it’s still throwing an error in the browser.) [via Cosmopolitan]

Ariana also explained that it’s better for her mental health if she limits her social media exposure:

This must be a nightmare to Ariana’s PR team. She’s promoting her new video, single and album and she has 123 million followers! She’s second only to Selena Gomez on Instagram. This seems somewhat inevitable given how much Pete and Ariana have been sharing on social media. Did they have their first fight? Did they realize that fans would notice if they took just one day off from posting about each other? Buzzfeed has more analysis on this if you’re interested. Some people think they broke up while others think they both want a break.

There’s other news about these two which might also explain why they’re stepping back. Ariana’s ex, Mack Miller, just did an interview in which he wished her well on her engagement to Pete and said that he tries to limit his own internet exposure. Plus Pete recently admitted in a Q&A session during a standup routine that his proposal to Ariana happened in bed when he was high. [via US Magazine]

Ok so Pete was high and in bed when he proposed just a few weeks after dating Ariana. She was likely high too (see this comment) and she took him seriously, accepted and they announced it to the public. People are paying attention to the things Ariana and Pete share and they’re connecting the dots. If those two are going to stay on social media they’ll have to reach some kind of happy medium. They’ll need to do the same for their relationship and it doesn’t seem like they’re quite there yet.

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26 Responses to “Ariana Grande took a break from Instagram after Pete Davidson deleted his”

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  1. Beth says:

    I once deleted everything by accident and pretended I meant to do it.
    Does she ever take off the boots or not have her hair in a high, skintight ponytail? That looks uncomfortable

  2. JeanGrey says:

    Or maybe he’s going through an impulsive episode? It happens.

  3. girl_ninja says:

    Like I commented before…young ones in a haze of weed and sex.

  4. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Eh. I think people are reading too much into this, looking for drama. These two seem totally wrapped up with each other, and are cutting off those who lash out.

    I don’t think anyone should overly invested in social media. It *is* unhealthy. Kudos to them for recognizing it.

  5. Jem says:

    I am too old for this story. I got so tired and grumpy reading it. *sigh*

  6. Paperclip468 says:

    I have a feeling this is gonna crash badly. Hope not, but…?

  7. Mia4s says:

    “You guys will really look for anything to attack people. It’s sad.”

    Sigh…”OMG, just because we constantly overshared every second of our relationship posting constantly and practically begging for attention doesn’t mean you can just comment in anyway you want! My god! Sad! Only pay attention the way we want you too dammit!”

    Uh-huh… 🙄

    • Amelie says:

      This reminds me of Youtubers who yell at fans for criticizing them which always confuses me. If you choose to put content out in video or picture format, people will always have an opinion. It is human nature to judge and to decide if you like something or not. I have very little patience or sympathy for people who do this. Yes, mean comments are terrible but once you choose to put something out there, it is up to the people who consume it to judge it. Yes, people will yell at or find the smallest thing to criticize. It’s stupid but it’s the way the Internet works.

  8. Amaria says:

    Her relationship with a druggie bipolar is SO certainly going to last. I can totally see it crash & burn sooner rather than later.

  9. Enn says:

    Those boots must be rank. We’re sweltering here in the mid Atlantic.

  10. Sarah says:

    Ah, the early throes of young love! How romantic…a proposal while high! 🤪

  11. Alisha says:

    I understand wanting to leave/not be in social media, but I do not understand why people with existing accounts do not just make them private? If you only want supportive and positive posts, it is pretty easy to control who can see your content and block the people that post nasty things.

  12. Honey bear says:

    High on what? More than weed. They’ve been rolling through this relationship.

  13. Leigh-Klein says:

    “I don’t wanna be on social media.” “But I’m sure I’ll be back at some point.” Right, okay. I think he’s been smoking weed throughout this entire relationship.

  14. aqdgsbh says:

    That break-up is going to be messy.

  15. HEMP says:

    I’ve been following Pete on Instagram way before this relationship. He’s deleted his feed multiple times.

  16. Hannah Werther says:

    I’m not sure about what’s going on with their relationship this week but as of last week, they were seen at my local mall in Syracuse ny very much together. He is currently filming a movie right now in Syracuse 😊

  17. Yes Doubtful says:

    They are both so childish. I’m always skeptical of people who publicly overshare their love for their SO on a daily basis. It seems very fake to me. As in they just want the attention from others or they are trying to cover up their real problems. Blake/Gwen also do this.

    After the awful election results in 2016, I deactivated my FB for a week and it was AMAZING.