Actor Will Poulter is taking a break from Twitter in order to focus on his mental health. This comes shortly after the release of his new movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which was released as Netflix's first interactive choose-your-own-adventure type movie. Poulter had this to say in a statement.
"In light of my recent experiences, I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. Before I do, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched 'Bandersnatch' and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created. I accept all criticisms and it's been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce!"
The response to the interactive Black Mirror movie, which can last anywhere from 90 minutes to five hours, depending on the outcome, has been a bit mixed and, while Will Poulter didn't cite any specific blowback as reason for his break from Twitter, it's safe to assume, given that he singles the movie out, that the response had something to do with it. Poulter didn't make it clear how long this break would be, but he did make it clear that this decision was motivated by his mental well being.
"As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media."
This is far from the first time that a prominent star has taken a break from social media, or left it entirely, as the result of negative comments or blowback from other users on the platform. Just last year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran departed Instagram after a string of negative and at times racist comments were made about her character Rose. Other people such as Ruby Rose, Leslie Jones, Millie Bobby Brown and Ariana Grande have left or taken breaks from Twitter in the past. Continuing in his statement, Will Poulter made it clear he didn't want to seem ungrateful.
"I don't want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful...I am privileged to have this platform. I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone. This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path. With love, Will."
While Will Poulter won't be engaging socially on Twitter for the time being, The Revenant and the We're the Millers star will still be posting on behalf of charity organizations he helps with and represents. Poulter is scheduled to star in Midsommar later this year, which is currently in post-production. Be sure to check out the full statement from Will Poulter's Twitter account below.