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Celebrities and their reasons for taking social media breaks

By Freya Wanjiku December 29th, 2023 3 min read

In the world of fame and spotlight, even the brightest stars sometimes need a moment to step back and breathe.

In an era where social media is the heartbeat of celebrity presence, it’s noteworthy when these public figures decide to hit pause on their digital lives.

From chart-topping musicians to beloved actors, many have chosen to step away from the constant buzz of online platforms. These breaks, whether for mental health, personal reflection, or simply to escape the relentless glare of public scrutiny, remind us that behind the glitz and glam, celebrities are human too.

Here are some of the celebrities who have announced taking social media breaks:


Days to Christmas, Esther Akoth alias Akothee shared that she would be taking a break on social media until 15th January 2024.

In a post on her Instagram, the singer cum entrepreneur revealed that life’s rollercoaster ride had taken a toll on her and she would find herself feeling exhausted and worn out.

“The constant hustle has left me with little time to rest and recharge, and I’ve reached a point where I need to prioritize my well-being. With this in mind, I’ve decided to take a break and step away from all online platforms until further notice. This time away will allow me to reenergize, reschedule, and recollect myself. It’s a necessary step to ensure that I can continue to deliver the best of myself to you all,” she wrote.


In May 2021, Kevin Kioko popularly known as Bahati announced that he would be taking a break from social media. In a post on his Instagram, the Abebo hitmaker shared, “I will be Taking Some time Off – Social Media Just to Reflect on My Life: But I would like to leave you with something to reflect on … love and death! Have you ever asked yourself what true love is? Does it exist and Does the Person Who always Say to you “I LOVE YOU ” ever Mean it??? True Love is Tested in the hardest of times; but is Love still shown to you by the People you Love in your hardest Times???”

Around September last year, a month after the general elections which he lost, he deleted all the posts on his Instagram page leaving his fans with nothing to view. Bahati who was contesting for the Mathare North parliamentary seat came in third position with 8,166 with the loss taking a toll on him.


Socialite Shakila explained why she logged off social media in 2021. In a post on her Insta stories, Shakilla attributed her break to facing depression.

This would be after comparing her lifestyle to that of other social media users. “I used to get depressed when I came to these apps and had to take a break. Social media will have you thinking you’re stuck in life and/or fear of missing out (FOMO). This is not healthy for real. Watching ppl at various stages in life comparing it to yours. No way that’s healthy.”


Late last year, Afro-fusion music singer Juliet Miriam Ayub aka Jovial took some time off social media after she survived a minor accident. Jovial through her Instagram stories, revealed that she had a fall with some of her body parts being hurt.

“My body is overwhelmed today, I have fallen like I have never before, I don’t know what would have happened if I was alone. Yesterday I lightly told my team that I was not okay but I would just be okay. I am sorry, I was to drop a new vibe but I will push it to next week, if possible I will do a double release, I will be off social media if urgent email my management,” she wrote.

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