British pop star Lily Allen has announced she’s taking a break from Twitter after finding herself the victim of some particularly nasty comments from social media trolls, with a friend handling her tweets while she puts some distance between herself and the trolls.
As Sky News reports, the politically outspoken “Alfie” singer regularly engages with trolls on Twitter over her comments about such hot-button issues as Brexit and the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban.
It was the latter, in fact, that led to this latest round of abuse after she tried to make a point about the kind of prejudice Muslims are facing by replacing the words “immigrants” or “Muslims” with “pensioners” in a series of tweets.
This led to trolls taunting her by claiming she’s mentally ill, which led Allen to issue the following response:
Allen followed that up by explaining her PTSD stems from a 2010 tragedy in which her baby arrived stillborn. “I lay in a hospital bed with my deceased son stuck between my legs halfway out of my body for 10 hours,” she wrote.
This led the trolls to come out in full force with some particularly vicious comments, including one that stating, “If you didn’t pump your body full of drugs you wouldn’t have miscarried.”
“I didn’t miscarry,” she wrote in a heartbreaking reply. “I went into early labour and by son died from his cord wrapped round his neck.”
At that point, the attacks became ugly enough that Allen felt she had enough. “My timeline is full of the most disgusting, sexist, misogynistic, racist s**t,” she wrote. “Really, new levels. I’m no masochist so I’ll be back.”
The next tweet to be issued from her account came from a friend named Dennis, who has apparently taken it over while Allen steps away, saying he’ll be communicating on her behalf via GIFs while “going on a hate blocking spree.”
One prominent British politician has come to Allen’s support: London Member of Parliament Stella Creasy, who wrote: “Just checked twitter and seen crap being thrown at @lilyallen. Unbelievable. Unacceptable. Unlawful.”