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Lili Reinhart is done with Twitter—and done ignoring the people who cyberbully her on the platform. The Riverdale star announced that she’s taking a break from “that toxic site” on her Instagram Story yesterday, then sent a pointed message to those who harass her and others.
“Do people on Twitter ever get tired of being so negative and disrespectful to literally everyone and everything?” she wrote in her first Instagram Story. “Are they really that miserable? There’s hate everywhere. But especially Twitter. It’s like a cesspool for evil 15 year olds who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about and have nothing better to do. Taking a break from that toxic site and the people on it who feel the need to constantly attack me, my cast mates, my relationship [with Cole Sprouse], and Riverdale. Hate to break it to you online trolls: Spreading your hate and overall negativity online won’t make you any less miserable. k bye.”
Reinhart has hit back at trolls in the past on the platform, be it those bodyshaming her or mocking her relationship with Sprouse. But her interaction with them is rare because, as Reinhart told Teen Vogue in an October interview, she tries to avoid reading the bulk of the comments about her. “I rarely look at my comments, but when I do, it’s like… if only these people knew that I was actually seeing what they were saying.”
Reinhart has talked about her experience with depression and anxiety before, along with what she does for self care: write and unplug, as she told ELLE.com last May. “I like to escape to the beach and kind of ground myself whenever I can,” she said. “I think there’s something about going on a hike and looking at a city view or looking at the ocean that brings you back to earth and kind of reminds you that your problems are quite small in retrospect.”